On Sunday, July 1, the community is invited to Pawling’s Independence Day Celebration. The event will take place at Lakeside Park, and guests are invited to enjoy food from local vendors, music, activities, and a fireworks display when the sun goes down.
The Independence Day Celebration will be Pawling’s first summer community gathering of its kind in twelve years. The event was conceived by Town Supervisor James Schmitt in collaboration with the Pawling Chamber of Commerce and has already received an outpouring of local support. A planning meeting was held on Tuesday, June 12, at Lakeside Park, where numerous community leaders attended to pledge their support. Among the attendants were Pawling Fire Chief Everett White, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Wendel Weber, Town Legislative Aid Jessica Peterson, Village Trustee John Burweger, as well as representatives from the Pawling Rotary Club, Boys Scouts, and numerous area merchants.
Following a presentation by Peter Cris on June 13, the Town Board unanimously approved the resolution in support of Pawling’s Independence Day Celebration. Supervisor Schmitt praised the level of support that the event has already received, saying, “It’s great to see people coming together to pull this off.”
The Chamber of Commerce has been diligently seeking sponsorship and donations to help fund the event, mostly to cover the cost of the proposed twenty-minute fireworks display. Numerous local organizations have already committed to sponsorship, including Trinity-Pawling School, the Pawling Rotary Club, Crystal Park, and others.
The celebration will be held at Lakeside Park from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with admission and parking free of charge to residents and friends. Visitors will have access to the grounds, and food from area merchants will be available at the park’s pavilion. The local scouting community will be on hand to provide games and activities, and attendants are urged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks over Green Mountain Lake. In addition, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office has also committed to providing uniformed officers to supplement Town Constables to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.
The Town of Pawling has not held a summer gathering with fireworks since 2006, and organizers hope that the Independence Day Celebration will be the start of a new tradition. “We just want to bring all the families of Pawling together for a great community event,” says Chamber of Commerce President Peter Cris.
The Pawling Chamber of Commerce asks everyone in the community to consider a donation or sponsorship to help make the Independence Day Celebration a success. Checks can be made payable to Pawling Chamber of Commerce, Independence Day Celebration, and be dropped of at the Chamber of Commerce Building at 55 Charles Colman Boulevard, or be mailed to P.O. Box 19, Pawling, NY 12564