Celebrate July 4th with parade and fireworks


The first Fourth of July parade under the banner of the newly created Peekskill City Charter in 1940. (Photo courtesy of Frank Goderre)

By Regina Clarkin

The Peekskill Volunteer Firefighters Association will be sponsoring its annual 4th of July parade Tuesday, stepping off at 10:30 from Crompond Road. The parade this year is dedicated to former parade chairman Jim Seymour, 3rd, who died on June 7 after a battle with cancer.

As of Thursday afternoon, there are about eight bands participating, said this year’s chairperson Tom Walker. They are coming from Yonkers, Tarrytown along with other local areas. The parade route forms a rectangle and is as follows:  Crompond Road to S. Division Street, to First Street, Union Avenue, South Street, N. Division Street, Main Street, then ending on North Broad Street at the Central Fire House.

Outline of the 4th of July parade route.

New this year is a treat for those who are marching. They’ll be able to get a slice of pizza from a decommissioned firetruck that will be stationed at the Central Firehouse. Proprietor David Marinelli, a retired first responder, outfitted a fire truck with a brick oven and serves slices from his Five Alarm Pizza truck.

Community members who enjoy the parade are encouraged to support this yearly event by donating to the Peekskill Volunteer Firefighter’s Association via check to PVFA, Parade Committee at 1141 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566.

That evening, there will be live music at the Riverfront Green with a fireworks display at 9:15, sponsored by the City of Peekskill.

The music at the Riverfront begins at 7 p.m. and features Ladies of the 80’s.