Without question, one of the most exciting times of the year in Greenwood Lake is the 4th of July – Independence Day. The Village, along with the many organizations, have continued this wonderful tradition of celebrating our nation’s founding and independence. This year will be no exception!
Many question why we do not have our parade and fireworks on the 4th of July itself – and we do this for many reasons. Chief among them is cost. We strive to have the best celebration for our residents and guests, but to have the fireworks on the 4th of July we would have to pay about four times what we pay to have it on the following Saturday.
The festivities will kick off on Sat., Jul. 7 at 11 a.m. with a parade down Windermere Ave. The parade will be led by our 2017 citizens of the year, Bernie and Jane Fink, the owners of Greenwood True Value. Behind them will be a procession of many local groups and organizations. The Fire Department has invited everyone in the community to join them at their firehouse after the parade for a community BBQ. All are welcome to attend.
The fireworks will brighten the night sky above beautiful Greenwood Lake around 9:20 p.m. that same evening. The best location to view the fireworks is at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. You may also consider making reservations at one of our many restaurants for dinner and fireworks. Please consider parking downtown and walking to the beach. There will be NO parking near the beach. If we postpone the events because of poor weather, the rain date will be Sat., Jul. 14, the same time for all events.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the June 27 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.