Crozet USA Day
We are writing again this year to ask for your enthusiastic support of our small town tradition—our annual Crozet Independence Day parade, celebration, and fireworks show on Saturday, July 6.
Last year our small-town parade and celebration were literally blown away by the derecho, destroying the stage, tents, vendors’ tents, and a Park pavilion! We all suffered losses as a result of the storm, but the community of Crozet pulled together, neighbors helping neighbors, and many volunteers are now renewing their commitments to make this year’s event “the best ever” Crozet Independence Day Celebration.
The fun starts on Saturday, with a parade down Crozet Avenue beginning at 4 p.m. This year, the Richmond Shriners ACCA mini-patrol cars will join the parade with their entertaining precision driving down Crozet Avenue! Mr. Carroll Conley will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal this year.
We’ll follow the parade to Crozet Park to watch the annual “grudge match” softball game between the Peachtree Little League coaches and the Crozet volunteer firemen. There will be kiddie rides and amusements, including bounce and play inflatables. There’ll also be great music by two local bands, Second Draw and Rockfish Gap, as well as traditional Fourth of July fare, including pork barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream, and sno cones. Starr Hill Brewery and Well Hung Vineyards will be on-hand for you to enjoy their products as well. Pam Garrison and Vinny Kice from HitKicker 99.7 will MC the event and will help us announce our 50/50 and prize raffle drawings.
The fireworks show is set for 9:30 p.m., when it will be dark enough, but not so late that youngsters can’t stay up. Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you watch events.
Look for updates about the parade and celebration at the Crozet Community Association’s website: CrozetCommunity.org
The celebration is a combined effort by Crozet’s civic organizations who have teamed up to put on the Crozet Independence Day Celebration, a task that in the past fell solely to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, which for 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 Crozet Board of Trade, as well as many local churches and citizen volunteers. 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 a various raffles will also be held throughout the evening.
This event involves a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals and groups, but it can’t happen without financial contributions, too. Please join us by sending a check today to help with these expenses. Make your tax-deductible charitable donation payable to the Crozet Community Association and mail it to: CCA, P.O. Box 653, Crozet, Virginia 22932 and note on the memo line “fireworks donation.”
Tim F. Jost Tolson
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