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Fourth of July Parade and Celebration June 30

Fourth of July Parade and Celebration in Crozet Park Set for June 30

Crozet Independence Day Fireworks, 2011 by Malcolm Andrews

Crozet’s traditional Independence Day parade and town celebration is set for Saturday, June 30, and promises to be the real deal of American-style family fun.

The parade will organize at Crozet Elementary School at 3 p.m. and begin marching toward Crozet Park at 4 p.m. Any one interested in joining in the parade should call the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department at 823-4758 to get a parade unit sign-up form.

Carroll Conley will serve as the parade’s grand marshal this year.

The parade, which typically requires about an hour to pass through downtown Crozet, is expected to reach the park at 5 p.m., where the town celebration will be held.

Music will be provided by the bands Lock Jaw, up first, and Second Draw.

Other events include a doubleheader softball game for town bragging rights between the volunteer firefighters and the coaches of the Peachtree League.

There will be rides, athletic games and amusements for young kids, including bounce and play inflatables.

The fireworks show is set for 9:30 p.m., when it will be sufficiently dark but not so late that youngsters can’t stay up. Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you watch events.

Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available, including pork barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, popcorn, apple pie and more. Crozet-area breweries and wineries will also be on hand to offer beverages.

Donations are being sought to pay for the fireworks and event expenses. Cars entering the park will be asked to make a suggested parking donation of $5 per car and 50/50 raffles will also be held throughout the evening.

This year, proceeds from the celebration, after expenses, will go to create the Crozet Historic District and to establish a budget for next year’s event.

The celebration is a combined effort by Crozet’s civic organizations who have teamed up to put on the Fourth of July celebration, a task that in the past fell solely to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, which for many many years sponsored the celebration as a fundraiser. Joining the CVFD in sharing the burden now are the Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park (which is community-owned and led by volunteers), the Crozet Lions Club, the White Hall Ruritans, the Peachtree League, the Crozet Community Advisory Council, and the Downtown Crozet Association, as well as many local churches and citizen volunteers.

Yeah USA! Yeah Crozet!

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