To the Editor: Fourth of July Thank You


Dear Crozet Friends and Neighbors:

We are writing to thank you for your enthusiastic support of our small town tradition—our annual Crozet Independence Day parade, celebration, and fireworks show, held this year on July 2. Because of your generous support we raised money to help defray the cost of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department’s new electronic sign outside the firehouse that will provide community safety notices and event updates. We are also able to make generous donations to the Crozet Park and several other civic groups in our community.

There are many who deserve thanks and recognition for their contributions to the success of this event.  Prime among them are those who donated to the Fireworks Fund to help cover the cost of our wonderful fireworks show. The support of our most generous donors: the Green Olive Tree, the Lodge at Old Trail, Parkway Pharmacy, Pro Re Nata Brewery, Hamer and Hamer DDS Orthodontics, King Family Vineyard, All Engines Possible, Fidelis Farm and Vineyard, Ross L. Stevens LLC, and Hearing Health Associates, along with the dozens of others, made our fireworks show possible. We also appreciate the support of several local businesses that very generously provide their services at a discount, including Allied Portable Toilets, Virginia Tent Rental, Lenoir Enterprises event and valet parking, and Virginia Eagle Distributing.  Last but not least, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the generous support of the Crozet Gazette in running a full-page ad for months and a special thank you to Allie Marshall Pesch of AMP Design for designing our Crozet Independence Day Celebration posters, park map, and handbill for free. Thank you each so much.

The parade and celebration is a combined effort of Crozet’s civic organizations who have teamed up to put on the Crozet Independence Day parade, celebration, and fireworks, 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 run by volunteers), YMCA, Crozet Lions Club, Life Journey Church, Crozet Board of Trade (formerly Downtown Crozet Association), Crozet Trails Crew, and the Hope Presbyterian Church, as well as many citizen volunteers.

We also thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped setup, take admissions donations, and cleaned-up afterwards.  We are especially appreciative of the dedication and hard work of the House family, who did a fabulous job emptying the trash bins at the celebration. You are our unsung heroes. Thank you!

One of the wonderful privileges of living in Crozet is how freely and generously so many give of their time, talents, and resources to make this event a success. If we’ve omitted anyone, we apologize; know that your donation was appreciated even though we failed to acknowledge it here. Thank you each and every one.

Most of all, we thank you, our generous fellow Crozetians, for your attendance and support. On behalf of the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC) planning team, thank you. We look forward to seeing you next year on Saturday, July 1st!


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



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