MANCHESTER - The Town of Manchester announced the schedule for its annual Fourth of July celebration. Events will be held on Friday, July 4.

The highlight of the day is the fireworks presentation, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, located at 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center. Recreation Park Road is located off of Bonnet Street (Route 30). Please note that parking is limited at Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park; additional parking is available downtown and at the Manchester Elementary Middle School parking lot on Memorial Avenue, and Riley Rink. Before the fireworks, the Town will unveil its inspiring tribute to the Equinox Guards, Manchester's Civil War Company. The presentation includes three original musical performances by local artists. Funding for the presentation came from an Education and Outreach grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. After the presentation, like the last two years, the fireworks will be choreographed to music using the sound system at Applejack Field.

This year's music includes songs from U2, Queen, Dire Straits, Katy Perry, The Boston Pops and Pink Floyd. The grand finale erupts to the classic The Overture of 1812.

In order to experience the full effect of the fireworks and music the public is encouraged to view the fireworks from Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. The Manchester Lions Club will be vending food and beverages from 5 to 9 p.m. The Town swimming pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is also free and open to the public. Gina Coleman and Misty Blues Band will play on Applejack Field from 6 to 9 p.m.

From 12 to 4 p.m., come to the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park for the 1st Annual Manchester Rotary Club Cow Plop Bingo. Grand prize is $1,000. Earlier in the day, starting at 9 a.m., Riley Rink, located at 410 Hunter Park Road in Manchester Center, will be hosting the "Four on the Fourth" 4-mile road race. For more details visit www.rileyrink.com or call 802-362-0150.

The Fourth of July celebration is sponsored and hosted by the Town of Manchester and its taxpayers, the Manchester and Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce and by the generous support of Equinox Resort, Manchester Lions Club, Manchester Rotary Club, Roundabout Fro Yo, W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency Inc., The Bank of Bennington, Epoch/Bob Gasperetti-Furniture Makers, Gatehouse Financial Advisors, LLC, Northshire Bookstore, r.k. Miles Inc, Spiral Press Cafe/The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, A Safe Place Self-Storage, Hand Motors, Manchester Discount Beverage, Stifel, Temblor Creative Group Inc., Ye Olde Tavern, The Wilburton Inn, Patricia Dupree, The Palmer House, and The Aspen at Manchester.

A rain date for the fireworks presentation is scheduled for Saturday, July 5. For more information about the Fourth of July celebration, including up-to-date information about the schedule, visit the Town of Manchester's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ManchesterGov or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439.