Windsor Fourth event draws largest crowd in memory
Published 10:27 am Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Merle Monahan/Contributing Writer
WINDSOR—An estimated 3,000 people attended Windsor’s 24th annual Fourth of July celebration this year, making it the largest anyone can remember.
“Our police department told me that cars were parked all around the downtown area, even at the eating establishments. The people then just walked to the park area where the celebration was held,” said Mayor Carita Richardson.
“It was wonderful,” she added. “But I think it was because so many other celebrations were canceled because of the hurricane.”
The festivities all took place as scheduled. Following the children’s parade at 6 p.m., Mayor Richardson presented a resolution of appreciation to Windsor Scoutmaster Larry Willis for his 46 years of service.
“Larry has made such a difference in the lives of so many of our young men over the years,” the mayor said. “Some have gone on into the teaching and other outstanding professions and we appreciate what he’s done.
“Larry has coached 50 young men to the status of Eagle Scout,” she continued with a smile. “And 13 of these, including his very first, Bill Garrison, are here today.”
Hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert, donated and prepared by members of the Windsor Ruritans, Woman’s Club, Homemaker’s Club and the Lion’s Club, were served to a line of people stretching to the end of Duke Street after the mayor’s presentation, while music was provided by Island Boys Band.
The celebration ended after dark with a magnificent display of fireworks, the mayor said.