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Somers Celebrates Another Independence Day

SOMERS, N.Y. - If the weatherman keeps his promise, Saturday will be warm and sunny -- perfect weather for Somers’ Annual Independence Day Celebration.

“It is the one big event of the year,” said Steve Ralston, superintendent of the parks and recreation department. “All the community groups participate and so many others volunteer.” The celebration is held on the last weekend in June, “because many people go away over July 4th and we want as many participants as we can get.”

Festivities kick off Friday evening with an outdoor showing of “Yogi Bear,” at 8:30 p.m. at Upper Reis Field. “That’s a show not-to-be-missed,” said Ralston. “It’s on a giant screen with a sound system, like a drive-in movie without cars.”

The first event on Saturday is the Lynn Adams Memorial Run/Walk-a-thon in memory the local resident and active volunteer who lost her life to cancer in 2008. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Starting at 9 a.m. and continuing all day, the LIONS Club will be serving up its traditional barbecue in the Pavilion.

For a mid-morning snack, stop for a cannoli and cappuccino at the Pavilion, served by the Somers Italian American Club.

More than a dozen local restaurants and food establishments are getting together to offer “A Taste of Somers,” beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Pavilion. Don’t eat too much, because there is a pie-eating contest scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.

At the Opening Ceremonies -- 10:30 a.m. on the stage -- Mayor Jack Glasser of Somers Point, New Jersey will be honored by receiving a Key to the City of Somers, NY.

“This is not a money-making event,” said Ralston. “Even if they charge for something, they give back to the community in different ways.”

Ralston continued, “Some people come for all day. Others just come for the evening. At about seven o’clock there’ll be thousands of people walking through that gate.”

The thousands coming through the gate will be there for the grand finale -- the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. It is the highlight of the day, to highlight America’s proud history.

Note: Parking will be available at the Primrose School, Somers High School and Van Tassell Park. Shuttle bus service will be provided, courtesy of the Pepsi Beverages Company.

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