Thursday, July 4, 2013
Welcome to Cornwall’s annual celebration of Independence Day. Today we celebrate the nation’s 237th birthday of our nation. See the Festivities page for all activities, times and locations.
The committee has chosen Cornwall residents Betty and Chick Jurgens for all they have done to strengthen our community. Betty and Chick have worked with many community organizations, especially in the area of sports. See the Parade page to learn about the line-of-march and Grand Marshal page to learn about Betty and Chick.
The day starts with breakfast at Highland Engine Co. and continues with the fun-filled Pet Show and children’s games. Students’ patriotic art work will be on display all day and evening.
The Cornwall Lions will conduct their annual lobster sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The committee will present its annual crafts fair all day and non-profit organizations will discuss their work.
Pony rides will be available on the east side of Rings Pond. A pie eating contest will take place at noon. The afternoon will also feature Macaroni the Clown and Sam the Magician. Cornwall’s church bells will ring for several minutes at 2 p.m. to recall the way Americans celebrated their independence in 1776. And in the evening, a Flag Ceremony will honor America and precede the annual historical pageant.
Music will include the Neil and the Blondies in the early afternoon; Nick Logerfo in the late afternoon; and the Cornwall Reunion Band just before the fireworks.
The Main Street Mile, featuring more than 100 runners, will precede the parade, at 4:30 p.m. The parade will include lots of bands and floats. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m.
The committee will be selling items all day and night to raise the $35,000 required for the celebration. A coin drop will be conducted in the early evening. We are conducting a raffle for dinners for two. We are also selling T-shirts, loop-a-lites and water and soda. All proceeds go toward covering the day’s expenses. Donations may be sent to: CIDC, P.O. Box 542, Cornwall, NY 12518.
The committee extends its gratitude to the Town of Cornwall and the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson for providing services. We will celebrate even if the weather is less than perfect.
The Fourth of July in Cornwall: We do the Fourth right.
All the best,
Brendan G. Coyne
Great Read: A blog post on our Celebration in Cornwall, New York.