Pitch in to the Fireworks Fund


Editor’s Note: Crozet’s Independence Day parade and the town carnival afterward have a cherished history. This is an event we do for the sake of getting ourselves together. All of Crozet and western Albemarle is invited. It’s fun. Good bands, rivalry softball games, kids games, a smorgasbord of All-American food, Starr Hill beer and Well-Hung Vineyard wines, raffles, community awards and a super big flag. At the park, the fireworks are fabulous. It’s all pulled off by a committee of impecunious civic organizations and volunteers. Please pitch in, too. We’ll see you there. Donors of $100 or more will be acknowledged in the upcoming edition of the Crozet Gazette, so that the community will know that you are a lead patron in making this event happen.

Dear Crozet Friend and Neighbor:

Crozet Independence Day Fireworks, 2011 by Malcolm Andrews

We have something special in Crozet!  Something most of our country doesn’t get to enjoy.  We have a beautiful environment, a varied four-season climate, a safe community, a friendly and involved group of citizens who value all the good things that come with living in a small town.  We have that here.  Let’s not lose it or take it for granted.

I am writing to ask for your enthusiastic support of our small town tradition—our annual Crozet Independence Day parade and fireworks show!  Last year’s event was “the best ever,” as you know if you were there.  This year bring a friend who missed last year’s celebration!

We are planning a fun event for Saturday, June 30th with a parade down Crozet Avenue starting at 4:00 PM and a fireworks show beginning that evening at 9:30 in Crozet Park.  And we’re filling the gap between those two events with a softball game featuring the Peachtree Little League coaches and our Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, a grand opening of the Fast Start tennis courts, music and activities all will enjoy at the Crozet Park.  Our food vendors are all local and their sales proceeds help support the good works of the Crozet Lions, Whitehall Ruritans, various WAHS booster clubs, and area churches.  These events involve a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals, but they can’t happen without financial contributions, too.  We need to raise $6,500 to pay for the fireworks alone!

Last year we were able to hold a successful Independence Day event at Crozet Park, cover our expenses and make a welcome contribution to help the PARC meet its fund-raising goal to build an all-season dome over the pool for our youth swim teams.  This year’s goal is to build up a fund, so that we don’t start each year’s event with zero money!

June 30th will be here before you know it.  Won’t you join me by sending a check today to help with these expenses?  Donors of $100 or more will be acknowledged in the upcoming edition of the Crozet Gazette, so that the community will know that you are a lead patron in making this event happen.

Please make your tax-deductible charitable donation to Claudius Crozet Park, Inc., and note on the memo line “Fireworks donation.” Checks can be mailed to Claudius Crozet Park, P.O. Box 171, Crozet, VA, or delivered to the Crozet Gazette office in the Blue Goose Building on Crozet Avenue.

Please give as generously as you can, so that all of our town might once again enjoy this patriotic community tradition.

Let’s celebrate our country’s freedom and also our Crozet way of life with a wonderful parade and fireworks display.

Sandy Wilcox
for the Crozet Independence Day Celebration Committee