Cornwall Independence Day Committee July 4, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Welcome to Cornwall's annual celebration of Independence Day. Today we celebrate the 236th birthday of our nation.
See the Festivities page for all activities, and times and locations.
The community is honoring Cornwall Independence Day Committee member Harry Houlis as grand marshal of our parade at 5 p.m. Harry has been the heart of the celebration for more than a quarter century, serving as chair and now as parade announcer and fireworks coordinator. See the Parade page to learn about theline-of-march and Grand Marshal page to learn about Harry.
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, judged by artist Sue Fink, 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 be talk about their work. Across from town hall, the Sands Ring Homestead will be open in the middle of the day.
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 pageant.
Music will include the Olson Court Band in the afternoon; thea cappella group, Treble in Paradise, in the evening; 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. Three rafflesare going on for Yankee tickets, dinners for two and a youth bicycle, courtesy of Vails Gate Cycles. We are alsoselling 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, NY12518.
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: It’s the place to be.
All the best,
Brendan G. Coyne