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Let's Party Like It's 1776!


Cornwall's Annual Fourth of July Celebration, celebrating America's 239th year!

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Let's Party Like It's 1776!


Cornwall's Annual Fourth of July Celebration, celebrating America's 239th year!

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DeAR FRIENDS...

Welcome to Cornwall’s annual celebration of Independence Day. Today, we celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday of our nation.

The committee has chosen Eileen Zwart, teacher and musical director, as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 parade (see the Grand Marshal page).  Eileen has taught English on the middle school level for more than 30 years, and directed musicals in the school district  and at the Bethlehem Summer Musical Festival for many years as well. 

Today, we also honor the life of Harry Houlis, who passed away April 8. Harry was a vibrant, amusing member of the Cornwall Independence Day Committee for more than a quarter century and was chosen as the 2012 Grand Marshal. 

We’ve planned a full day and evening of activities (see the Festivities page). The day starts with breakfast at Highland Engine Company 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 the Mad Scientist and Macaroni the Clown. 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 acknowledge the best parade floats before the annual historical Pageant. 

There will also be music in the afternoon, from the White Lightning Band and John and Jackie. As has become a tradition, the Cornwall Reunion Band will perform just before the fireworks.   

The Main Street Mile, with 100-plus 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 loop-a-lites and water and soda 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 green dragon spewing fireworks, designed by Lois Lee). Thanks to our donors (see Donors page). Send donations 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. 


There’s no place like Cornwall for the Fourth.
All the best,
Brendan G. Coyne
Chair, CIDC