World's Smallest 4th of July Parade Takes Place In a Vermont State Parks

Moscow, Vermont lays claim to the World's Shortest Forth of July Parade (Route). Not to be outdone, Smugglers' Notch State Park, Moscow's neighbors to the North, remains uncontested for the fifth year in a row for their self proclaimed title of the "World's Smallest Fourth of July Parade."

Consisting of a single golf car affectionately named "Dora the Explorer" draped in flags and other patriotic finery that was largely donated by the community, enthusiastic park staff circle the park during the day sometimes drawing crowds numbering in the 10's of people!
When asked about the rivalry Park Ranger Aaron Jacobs said "What?" Although Mr. Jacobs played coy it is rumored that all employees involved in the preparation and execution of this event take it very seriously, are sworn to secrecy and meet in a undisclosed portion of the park garage for preparation and planning.

Nancy Tillman, a park guest who once thumbed through a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records while waiting for a dental checkup, officiated the record breaking event. The crowd broke out in applause upon her proclamation "Jeezum, that is one short parade." This year saw the addition of an equally appropriate attraction. Brewster, the tiniest dog in the campground, was the Grand Marshall - while scared of chipmunks and other creatures larger than him, he loved the attention of his adoring fans.

Although the celebration for this year is already over, Smugglers' Notch State Park remains a attraction year round, with some of the best hiking and views in the state. As with any significant event of this magnitude preparations have already begun for next year. If you plan on attending in future years reservations for the campground are well advised. Bring your lawn chair and arrive early, the best viewing location are often staked out more than a minute ahead of time.


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