ROUSES POINT - The 50th annual Fourth of July celebration isn't going to look too much different from years past, except for one change of which organizers want to make sure community members are well aware.
In years past, the village of Rouses Point lifted the open container law for the weekend. However, last year the decision was made not to do so - the same will continue this year.
"The village's insurance company and the village attorney have told the village it's not a good idea to waive that," explained Fourth of July committee organizer Geri Favreau. "It opens them up to so much. And, it takes away all the leverage from the police department."
"This way if [the police] see a problem, or a problem happens, they can do something about it," she added.
Another change is there won't be a beer tent this year either.
"We couldn't get anybody to do it this year," Favreau said. "We approached the Sportsman's Club who had been doing it for I don't know how many years. They didn't want to do it again this year."
Favreau said the beer tent had become a liability issue and the club was burned out from it. The committee also approached the fire department and American Legion about sponsoring the beer tent, but they also turned it down.
However, one big change that is being added to the celebration is a boat parade, being held at dusk beginning at Fort Montgomery and heading toward Breakwater and back.
"All three marinas are going to participate," Favreau said. "Anybody that wants to get in it that has a boat, we'll be happy."
As for some of the returning events this year, Favreau expects to have nearly 60 floats. She also said, with the help of sponsors, the fireworks, which will be held Sunday, July 4, at dusk, will be like last year's.
"We didn't have to cut them back," she explained.
"Our sponsors in the village really stepped up again this year," she added.
For more information about the boat parade, call Brad Martin at 297-6586.
"We're going to be very busy this weekend, but it's such a good thing for the village and people look forward to it every year," said Favreau.