To the Editor: Parade Day Is July 5


Parade Day Is July 5. See You At The Park!

Dear Crozet Friends and Neighbors:

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 5.

The fun kicks off with a parade down Crozet Avenue starting at 5 p.m. Again this year the Richmond Shrine Club’s mini-cars will join the parade with their entertaining precision driving down Crozet Avenue! Mr. V.L. James is the parade’s Grand Marshal. Any one interested in joining in the parade go to to get a parade unit sign-up form.

We’ll follow the parade to Crozet Park to watch the annual “grudge match” softball doubleheader between the Peachtree Little League coaches and the Crozet volunteer firemen. There’ll be free kiddie rides and amusements, including bounce and play inflatables, as well as laser tag and athletic challenges for kids. The pony rides will be back again this year as well.

There will also be great music by the local band, Abbey Road, as well as traditional Fourth of July fare, including pork barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream, and sno cones, and other favorites such as pizza and tacos. Our local brewery will be on-hand for you to enjoy their products as well.

The fireworks show is set for 9:30 PM, 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 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 (CVFD), 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), Crozet Lions Club, Life Journey Church, Downtown Crozet Association, White Hall Ruritans, and Crozet Community Advisory Council, as well as many local churches and citizen volunteers.

Donations are being sought to pay for the fireworks and event expenses. This year we’re changing how we collect donations at the event, by asking for suggested $3 per person donation (children 12 and under are free) as you enter the festivities, rather than as you enter the park in your car.

This event involves a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals and groups, but it can’t happen without financial contributions, too. July 5 will be here before you know it. Won’t you join us by sending a check today to help with these expenses? Please make your 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.” Please give as generously as you can, so that our entire community can enjoy this patriotic tradition. In addition to helping to defer the cost of the fireworks and the event, your donation will help support the civic groups in Crozet.

On behalf of the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC) planning team, thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, July 5!


Tim F. Jost Tolson
Chair, CIDC Planning Team
President, Crozet Community Association
[email protected] 


  1. My family and I would like to make a 20 dollar donation and walk in the community donation we are moving to the outlining area next year and would be honored to walk in the this parade and carry whatever sign you want us too. hope not too late. thanks

    • Hi Natalie. It might be too late because the parade is in a few hours, but you can check with the Fire Department! They are the organizers of the parade., 434-823-4758. Thanks!

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