Plans for the Fourth?

Cold Spring mayor calls for holiday volunteers

By Michael Turton

Cold Spring Mayor Dave Merandy put out an SOS at the June 13 meeting of the Village Board, calling for volunteers and donations for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. Merandy said that the Independence Day Committee chaired by Bruce Campbell has dwindled to two members.

The village is also looking for financial contributions. Merandy said that Putnam County, which last year contributed $1,500, is providing no financial support this year. The village is canvassing local businesses for donations and has also requested help from Philipstown, which contributed $500 last year.

Merandy said festivities will again center on the riverfront beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4 and include food, a bicycle-decorating contest, children’s activities and live music, followed by fireworks sponsored by Groombridge Games. The area west of the Metro-North tracks will be closed to traffic.

No parade will be held this year. Merandy said that members of the American Legion and VFW, many of whom are elderly, expressed concerns, largely due to the heat. The mayor said that cost and a shortage of volunteers also influenced his decision.

Residents who want to help with planning, assist on July 4 or make a donation should email [email protected] or call 845-265-3611.