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Morristown prepares to welcome thousands to village for Fourth of July celebration

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MORRISTOWN – The annual Fourth of July celebration in the village is one of the biggest fundraisers for the fire department and a major draw for revelers across the region.

With close to 5,000 people turning out every year, Morristown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin J. Crosby said it’s “a hometown gathering” that brings the community closer together.

The festivities begin today with an auction at the Fire Station at 11 a.m. Mr. Crosby said the auction will go on until the last item is sold, adding that, “you name it, it’s here.”

Everything from mopeds and dirt bikes to sail boats, waterskies, recliners and cabinets will be up for grabs at the event, Mr. Crosby said.

The celebrations will continue Wednesday at dusk with a fireworks display Mr. Crosby expects to last anywhere from 25 to 30 minutes.

“It’s a fairly good display,” he said.

Because the fireworks are shot off by members of the department, the $5,000 it costs to run the show were spend entirely on fireworks.

The show, shot off behind the fire station, is visible from all around the village.

On Thursday the village parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., making its way down Main Street and then up to the fire station.

Post Master Peter A. Paquette and Anne Shatraw will be this year’s parade announcers, Mr. Crosby said, adding that he expects 25 to 30 floats to participate.

Marching bands from Morristown, Heuvelton and Edwards-Knox Central Schools and Ogdensburg Free Academy will march in the parade.

Once the parade arrives at the fire station at roughly 11:30 a.m., Mr. Crosby said, there will be an antique tractor pull, games for kids, a chicken barbecue, concession stand and more. Between 50 and 75 antique tractors are expected to compete in this year’s pull, Mr. Crosby said.

Because the event is a fundraiser for the fire station, Mr. Crosby said, people will be asked to donate to help offset the price of hosting the celebrations.

“We’re asking people to be courteous and, hopefully, be generous, too,” he said.

The village does not allow dogs on village property, including at the fire station, during the July 4 events.

“I’ve checked with the weather gods and they’ve guaranteed me sunny days,” he said.

But just in case the weather gods have been giving him bad information, Mr. Crosby said the only thing that will stop the fireworks is lightning.

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