Press Release: February 14, 2016
Following the denial
of our application to include a carnival as part of the annual Fun on the
Fourth Celebration, the members of the 4th of July Committee met to
discuss options for 2016 and beyond.
For the past three years, we have
been challenged to present a Celebration that differed in many respects
from past Celebrations. These challenges have greatly impacted the
financial resources that we have available as our events are underwritten
by donations and contributions from the carnival.
With that said,
in the weeks to come, we will be working with the participating community
groups and Town officials in the hopes of presenting a Celebration on
Friday July 1st and Saturday July 2nd with fireworks on Saturday evening.
As we have in the past, we will rely on the generosity of donors and
sponsors to present this Celebration to the community.
this decision, our discussions included the possibility of appealing the
denial to the court system. As much as we disagree with the denial and
believe that the basis of that denial is unsupportable, none of us joined
the Committee to dedicate our time to litigation. As a Committee,
therefore, we have concluded that our focus is better dedicated to
remaining where it has been for more than three decades – to presenting a
fun, family, community event for the residents of
At the same time, in light of the events of the past three years, we
believe that it is time for the approval process to be reevaluated and for
that reevaluation to be placed in the hands of residents at Town Meeting.
With the application process behind us, we look forward to focusing our
efforts on continuing this Wilmington tradition for a 36th year.
The Fourth of July Committee
Picture Above: Fourth Of July Headquarters
The Wilmington Fourth Of July Committee is
celebrating 35 years of service to the citizens of Wilmington. (Read
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