ROUSES POINT - This year not only marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the region, it also marks the 50th anniversary of the village of Rouses Point's annual Fourth of July events. This year, the two celebrations will combine.
The village of Rouses Point was approached by the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to have the theme of their annual Fourth of July events be the Quadricentennial.
"I think if we had wished not to participate we didn't have to, but it would not look very nice," laughed Village Mayor George A. Rivers.
Rivers recalled the 350th anniversary of the historic voyage, celebrated in 1959.
"When they had the 350th anniversary, the village put on a big celebration," he said. "Then, we sort of let it slip for a couple of years. We had the parade on the Fourth of July, then we said, 'Lets put a committee together.' We've had a Fourth of July celebration ever since."
This year, one of the primary ways in which the Quad celebration has joined with the village's annual events is through the parade. Typically, the Fourth of July parade is based on a theme, but, this year, the Quadricentennial committee asked Rouses Point Elementary School students to determine the specific theme, somehow focused around the Quadricentennial.
The winning slogan for the parade theme was chosen by the committee and will be "Celebration of the Exploration," created by fifth-grader Meghan Sheehan.
"She will ride in the Rouses Point fire truck in our Fourth of July parade, receive a Quad T-shirt and a certificate from the village of Rouses Point, congratulating her on being the winner," explained Geri Favreau, a Quadricentennial committee organizer.
Sheehan will also receive a gift certificate for a large pizza from Sandy's Deli.
So far, it is undetermined who will have floats in this year's parade, but Favreau does know the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society will have a float with the Quad theme.