HOW DOES THE PHILIPSTOWN COMMUNITY CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY?

Happy Fourth of July from the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce!

There’s a lot going on in the area this weekend. Here’s your weekend guide for what to expect.

Thursday, July 4, Main Street will be bustling with visitors and locals picking up essentials and weekend celebration treats. While parents are shopping, children will be scurrying from shop to shop looking for Waldo as part of Split Rock’s “Find Waldo Local”initiative, which began July 1 and runs until July 31

Over twenty local businesses are participating in this fun children’s search for Waldo around town. Kids can pick up a passport in store and all month long search for Waldo at local businesses and libraries. Collect stamps to win prizes.

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First Friday returns on July 5, with an evening of art, entertainment, and tasting experiences. Come be a part of the community culture! Thank you to all the businesses who help to make this event a growing success. Here’s a sampling of what you may find happening on Main Street this Friday.

ART OPENINGS

  • Buster Levi Gallery, 121 Main St. - opening of an exhibit by Maria Pia Marrella, Il Mondo di Putti

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  • Flowercup Wine, 82 Main St.- American Flag Art show by Sachi Starbuck. This art exhibit is a raffle fundraiser for the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce. And enjoy a “Thank Grapes, It’s Friday” wine tasting with wines fit for a backyard BBQ for your Fourth of July holiday.

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OTHER EVENTS

  • Chapeau, corner of Depot Square and Main St. - come check out what’s new and our fire sale.

  • Cold Spring Cheese Shop, 104 Main St. - a cheese tasting.

  • Hudson Hil’s, 129–131 Main St. - First Friday Fried Chicken and Biscuit Night: prix fixe dinner dine-in and take-out menu. Advance orders and RSVP recommended.

  • Split Rock Books, 97 Main Street - will be participating in #BookstoresAgainstBorders all weekend. 10% of their proceeds during the weekend of July 5-7 will be donated to RAICES TEXAS.

  • Swing, 65 Main St. - offering bites and shopping.

EXTENDED HOURS

  • Pink Olive

  • Poor George

  • The Shoppes

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Participating Businesses: Remember to Put Your Orange First Friday Flag Up Tomorrow Morning.

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And what would the Fourth of July be without a parade and fireworks on the waterfront?

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Due to predicted thunderstorms on Saturday, the community Independence Day Celebration in Cold Spring Village will be on Sunday, July 7.

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The festivities begin at the Butterfield Library, where the local librarians are hosting a pre-parade, bike decorating craft time from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Deliver your homemade pies for the pie baking contest to the Cold Spring bandstand from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and see if you can win this year’s title of best pie baker in town! Pie slices will be for sale and enjoyed by the community after the winners are announced.

Dress up your pet and march in the parade. Leonora Burton, of the Country Goose will be judging the pet costumes this year. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the parade.

At 4:00 p.m., parade marchers will gather on High Street. Everyone will begin marching at 4:30 p.m.

From 5:00-5:15 p.m. decorated bikes will be judged on the dock.

At 5:15 p.m. gather at the bandstand for Mayor Dave Merandy’s speech and the announcement of bike decoration, pet costume, and pie baking contest winners.

From 5:30 p.m.-dusk enjoy live music, picnicking, and children’s bouncy castles on the waterfront.

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View fireworks on the Cold Spring waterfront around 9:15 p.m.

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Or for a different kind of local flavor, pack a picnic and celebrate Independence Day at Boscobel House and Gardens with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, ending with a view of West Point’s firework display across the river.

And while you’re strolling down Main Street, pop into some of the new shops that open this month to wish them well.

  • Supplies For Creative Living, 165 Main St.

  • The Endless Skein, 126 Main St. (Grand opening Saturday, July 6)

  • Homestyle Creamery, 353 Main St., Nelsonville

Congratulations, from our business community and we wish you many prosperous years of serving the community in your business!

Wishing you and your family a happy Independence Day Holiday!

Eliza Starbuck