On Sunday, July 1 the community is invited to Pawling’s Independence Day Celebration. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., all are welcome to congregate at Lakeside Park for an afternoon of food and fun, followed by a fireworks display at nightfall. The event, conceived by Town Supervisor James Schmitt in collaboration with the Pawling Chamber of Commerce, has seen support from numerous local organizations, merchants, and community leaders with the singular goal of creating a memorable day for all to enjoy.
The Pawling Independence Day Celebration will have no shortage of activities for everyone to enjoy as they await the fireworks finale. Entry and parking to Lakeside Park are free of charge, and visitors are welcome to explore the sprawling grounds of Lakeside Park. The waterfront will also be open for swimming until 6:00 p.m. There will be a number of activities presented by the local scouting community, including a scavenger hunt patterned after The Amazing Race. Representatives from the local little league baseball and soccer programs will be on hand to supervise youngsters for friendly competition. The event will also have a bounce house and an inflatable obstacle course, as well as face painting and draft horse wagon rides courtesy of Rock Hill Farm. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and select a good viewing spot before the fireworks commence.
Food service will be staged under Lakeside Park’s pavilion, and will be provided by representatives from Pawling Family Quick Stop. Guests can snack on hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, and corn on the cob as they enjoy a day in the park. In addition, the Roseann’s Kitchen food truck will be in attendance with a menu of tasty treats available for purchase. The event will also feature live music, including acoustic guitar and a DJ.
Planning for Pawling’s Independence Day Celebration began roughly a month ago and has seen an outpouring of support from countless community organizations and residents. In addition to the work of Supervisor Schmitt and Chamber of Commerce President Peter Cris, the event has attracted the involvement of the Pawling Fire Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department, the Pawling Buildings and Grounds Department, Pawling Public Radio, the Pawling Village Board, Pawling Recreation, and numerous local merchants. In addition, financial sponsorship for the celebration was also generously contributed by Trinity-Pawling School, Crystal Park, PCSB Bank, Emery & Webb, Insite Engineering, AMAXX, American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215, Diana Tomasetti, and the Pawling Rotary Club.
The Independence Day Celebration will be Pawling’s first summer gathering of its kind in twelve years. Organizers hope that this year's event will not only be a successful day, but also the start of a new tradition in Pawling.