To the Editor: Crozet Independence Day Celebration

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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 Sunday, July 5.

The fun starts 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!  The lifetime members of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshals this year. Any one interested in joining in the parade go to CrozetFire.org to get a parade unit sign-up form.

We’ll follow the parade to Crozet Park to watch the annual “grudge match” game between the Peachtree League coaches and the Crozet volunteer firemen. They’ll be free kiddie rides and amusements, including bounce and play inflatables, as well as laser tag. The pony rides will be back again this year as well.  They’ll also be great music by the local band, LockJaw, as well as traditional Fourth of July fare, including pork barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, and sno cones, as well as vegetarian and vegan choices, tacos, smoothies, and other favorites such as pizza and fruit smoothies.  Local beer and cider will be available for you to enjoy as well.

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

All of this for an admission of just $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.  Also, there are no pets allowed and we’ll provide designated smoking areas and ask that you only smoke in those areas. If you live near by Crozet Park, we encourage you to walk!

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, Crozet Trails Crew, and the White Hall Ruritans, as well as many local churches and citizen volunteers.

This year the funds raised by this event will be given to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department to help cover the cost of a new electronic sign to provide community safety notices and event updates outside the firehouse.

This event involves a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals and groups, but it can’t happen without financial contributions, too. We hope you’ll join us by sending a donation today to help with these expenses.  You can donate online at: crozetcommunity.org/2015/05/cidc2015/

#Donate, or send a check payable to the Downtown Crozet Association and mail it to: DCA,  P.O. Box 863, Crozet, VA 22932 and note on the memo line “fireworks donation.”  The DCA is a 503(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is fully tax-deductible. 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 CVFD and other civic groups in Crozet.

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

Sincerely,

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

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