Friday, July 4, 2014
Welcome to Cornwall’s annual celebration of Independence Day. Today we celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday of our nation.
The committee has chosen Belding and Doris Jones Clearwater, owners of Jones Farm on Angola Road in Cornwall, as the Grand Marshals of the 2014 parade (see the Grand Marshals page). Belding and Doris have been mainstays of the community, involved with many organizations while welcoming people to their farm.
We’ve planned a full day and evening of activities (see the Festivities page). 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. Crafts people, merchants, food vendors and service organizations will be on hand all afternoon.
The 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.
There will be music in the afternoon and the Cornwall Reunion Band will perform just before the fireworks.
The Main Street Mile, with as many as 100 runners, will precede the parade, at 4:30 p.m. The parade will start at 5 p.m. and include lots of floats and bands. The fireworks 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 raffles for dinners for two and another for two tickets to a Yankees game. We are also selling T-shirts (with a photo of the Moodna Creek entering the Hudson River, courtesy of Tom Doyle), loop-a-lites and water and soda. All proceeds go toward covering the day’s expenses. Thanks to our donors (see Donors page). Donations may be sent to: CIDC, P.O. Box 542, Cornwall, NY 12518.
The committee is grateful to the Town of Cornwall and the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson for providing services. We are looking for volunteers, particularly to sell items and to help with the coin drop just before the fireworks; just come to the committee tent. We celebrate, rain or shine.
Cornwall is the place to be on the Fourth.
All the best,
Brendan G. Coyne
Great Read: A blog post on our Celebration in Cornwall, New York.
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