[Every year the Narrowsburg Fire Department hosts a Fourth of July event with
fireworks, parade, and field day. The below articles describes the 2003 and 2004 events.]
Historic Narrowsburg parade still growing
|TRR photo by Charlie Buterbaugh
|The Fifes and Drums of Broome Street Band played classic tunes of patriotism.
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NARROWSBURG, NY As Cheryl Wood was lining up the procession of floats, fire trucks, tractors, wool-clad fifers and drummers of the Broome Street Band and bagpipers of the Black Diamonds, local residents and visitors were filling Narrowsburg sidewalks for the hamlets annual July 4 parade, one of the countys oldest celebrations of U.S. independence.
When the parade filed out, Narrowsburg personages Art Hawker, Tom Woody Wood, Charlie Wieland and Ed Kraus were busy getting ready to serve 500 barbecued chickens, grilled in accordance to Wielands own locally famous recipe.
Wood said the Narrowsburg Volunteer Fire Departments annual field day was particularly popular on Sunday, and just before dusk, crowds lined the bridge over the Delaware and railroad tracks along the river in anticipation of the fire departments annual fireworks display.
Were trying to make this bigger every year, Wood said. If it wasnt for the help of the local businesses, the fireworks would not be possible. We really need the support from the town.
He said he hopes more people come out to enjoy the field day events at the Firemens Field next year, which are already being planned. The parade committee met Tuesday to begin organizing July 4, 2005 in Narrowsburg.
It’s the thing to do since
Fire Department hosts annual Field
NARROWSBURG — In the hundred
years since the Narrowsburg Fire Department started,
its members have put out some big fires, suffered
the tragic loss of young members killed by accident
(Brock, Hankins and Laraia in 1979), gone through
an array of technological advances in alarm systems
(see “Calling out the men!”), allowed
boys of 12 to sign up, and now have women in its ranks.
The training ranges from how to drive
an emergency vehicle to how to deal with weapons of
mass destruction and terrorism. But the one constant
the fire department has provided with very few exceptions
is that on the Fourth of July the volunteers get together
and put on a great community event, complete with
a parade, field day and fireworks. The volunteer fire
department demonstrates how vital communities stay
alive. As Orvis Vanatta put it: “The fire department
is not about fires, it’s about the people who
put them out.”
This year, the field days start on
Friday with an all-day picnic, accompanied by two
jazz bands and carnival rides. The parade will take
place on Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. (lineup begins
at noon), with the reviewing stand on the porch of
the Arlington Hotel. The parade will include 11 floats,
15 fire trucks, and a dozen or more hot rods. Port
Jervis is sending its marching band, and some Junior
Marines will march. Rounding out the parade will be
the boy scouts and three beauty queens. Political
dignitaries and judges will be on hand to award trophies.
So get out your dancing shoes and support
the fire department. The fire fighters keep our lives
safe, and as Charlie Knapp says, “It’s
important to recognize that the founders have done
such a great thing.”
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