New Canaan's Family Fourth gears up for 30th anniversary
Published 1:05 am, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Independence Day is right around the corner and residents are gearing up for the 30th anniversary of New Canaan's Family Fourth.
The event takes place on Sunday, July 4, and it is no surprise that New Canaanites will celebrate the holiday the old-fashioned way.
"We avoid any commercialism during this event and we focus on the day of celebration as it was 30 years ago," Selectman Robert Mallozzi, president of the New Canaan Family Fourth, said.
Activities for all ages begin at 5 p.m. and range from children's inflatable bouncers, a magician, performances from the town band and glow necklaces.
International Fireworks will put on the show just as it has for the last 30 years. With a $25,000 price tag, the fireworks will start around 9:20 p.m. and last about 20 to 25 minutes.
"It will be a good show," Recreation Director Steve Benko said. "There will always be something in the sky, if it is something going up or coming down; there will never be a dark sky."
Mallozzi said he's hoping to sell around 2,000 passes.
"You never know how many people will show up," he said. "An entire family can come with a pass or just a few friends."
Mallozzi said he is expecting between 4,000 to 7,000 people to attend this celebration.
The Family Fourth event is made possible entirely by sales of passes and donations.
"Any money or products we get for this event is used as a private donation," Mallozzi said, stressing the fact that taxpayer money is not used for the event.
According to Benko, Family Fourth will cost about $61,000, and donations are still being accepted.
"We are one-third of the way there," Benko said. "Companies will donate all of the products sold at this event and the bulk of money will come from the passes being sold."
He said he expects to sell about $55,000 worth of passes.
"Most people are not thinking about Fourth of July yet, but we expect by next week our office will be booming," Benko said.
Local business have started coming forward with donations, and private donations are being accepted as well.
Passes, which are available online, by mail or in person, are $30 for New Canaan families and $60 for non-residents.
Passes are available at the Recreation Department Office in Waveny House now through July 2. They will also be available July 3 in front of Town Hall from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Passes are non-refundable and proof of residency is required at time of purchase.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and will not be available at the event.
Lapham Road will be closed to all traffic before and after the event so cars must enter off of South Avenue. All cars must display entry pass on windshield as they enter through the main gate. Pedestrians may enter from the high school area.
The rain date Monday, July 5.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.newcanaan.info.