“We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”
Major Fireworks Display Lights Up Washingtonville
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Washingtonville held the first annual fireworks celebration for Independence Day that it has had in many years. It took place at Vern Allen Park on July 5 during the village’s summertime bi-weekly Date Night outdoor event. Live music began at 7:30 as the crowd gathered, set up chairs and blankets, and enjoyed food trucks, vendors, and children’s outdoor games.
Finally, a group of kids shouted the countdown, and at 9:00 PM, the coordination and creative efforts of the Washingtonville Community Events Council, Washingtonville Fire Department, Washingtonville Police Department, Blooming Grove Ambulance, Washingtonville DPW, and Orange County EMS Coordinator 15 all came together to set off a brilliant eight-minute long pyrotechnic display, all without a hitch, detonated from the roller hockey rink and roped off from the public for safety. The crowd numbered about 1,500 and the thrills were evident as people celebrated America and its freedoms.
The weather definitely cooperated, the kinks to this inaugural fireworks event were minimal, and because of the general smoothness of the night, the consensus was it will likely continue next year and in the years to come. Attendees who live in the Washingtonville area said they were happy the village finally has its own fireworks event, and judging from the enjoyment had by children, teens, and adults, many agreed.
Afterwards, as some people left the area and the crowds thinned out, others dragged their chairs closer to the inflatable screen to watch the classic summer movie “Jaws.” The audio-visual system worked perfectly, and people of all ages enjoyed the small-town summertime shark attack thriller — either for the first time or as they fondly remembered it from their own childhoods.
The next Date Night, which features a “fiesta” theme on July 19, will have live mariachi music and the movie Coco. After that, on August 2, the Hudson Valley Hot Rods car show will feature The Vibe and the movie Back to the Future. On August 16, a romance theme will feature Shadetree Mechanics and the movie Dirty Dancing. All take place at Vern Allen Park.
The major sponsors for this event were Joe and Leanne Bucco, Advance Testing, and Betty’s Country Kitchen. Events Committee volunteer members said all monies raised at every event go back into the fund for future events, and that anybody is welcome to get involved. “Events like this, both large and small, rely on the kindness and hard work of many dedicated volunteers,” the Committee said, “and we think they epitomize what our village is all about.”
CAPTION 1: The crowds gathered to enjoy live music, food, fireworks, and the movie “Jaws” put on by the Washingtonville Community Events Council and the interagency cooperation of the Washingtonville Fire Department, Washingtonville Police Department, Blooming Grove Ambulance, Washingtonville DPW, and Orange County EMS Coordinator 15. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2 and 3: Fireworks lit up the nighttime sky over Washingtonville, to the enjoyment of children, teens, and adults. (Photos by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 4: “Shark!” (Photo provided)
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