UPDATE FROM SUPERVISOR SEELEY ON THE ANNUAL
IRONDEQUOIT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Two-Day Festival on Town Hall campus to be cancelled for 2020
Throughout the year, the Town of Irondequoit is proud to host many large community events that bring people together and provide family-friendly enjoyment, often free of charge. It is part of one of the many attributes of living in Irondequoit, and something that helps provide our Town with its identity.
Our annual two-day Independence Day celebration is our largest such community event, bringing tens of thousands of residents and visitors to the Town Hall campus every year. By attendance, it is one of the largest of such festivals in New York State.
During any normal year, we are always mindful of the challenges that arise by attracting so many people to one public place. This year, however, is the first we have ever had to consider managing the spread of a communicable disease. And for that reason, we have made the unfortunate decision to cancel the two-day Independence Day festival on the grounds of Town Hall, which normally take place on July 3rd and July 4th.
At this point in time, all of our Fourth of July events are cancelled, including but not limited to:
- July 3rd Street Dance on Titus Avenue
- July 4th Parade
- Beverage Garden & Entertainment
- Craft Show
- Food Vendors
- Annual Pie Eating Competition
- West Lawn Free Kids Area
In closing, these decisions are not being made through the lens of public finance, but rather, public health. Nonetheless, the Independence Day Festival is a considerable expense to the Town, especially with an apparent reduction in sponsorship this year. As the COVID19 outbreak continues to negatively impact our revenue situation, Irondequoit, like all other municipalities will have to look to find efficiencies in our current fiscal year budget, and beyond.