Crozet Independence Day Celebration 2016

The Sixth Annual Crozet Independence Day Parade, Celebration, and Fireworks Saturday, July 2, 2016

New this year, BOTH LANES of Park Road, High Street, and Tabor Street will be one-way out from Claudius Crozet Park to Crozet Avenue after the fireworks (from about 10 to 10:30 PM).   See the map below for details.  Please note these traffic disruptions as you make your plans for Saturday, July 2.CIDC Saturday, July 2, 2016

It all starts with the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) parade at 5:00 PM at Crozet Elementary School and goes down Crozet Avenue through downtown Crozet to Claudius Crozet Park.  The Parade Grand Marshals are Pete and Rick Maupin and we hope that the Richmond Shriners’ ACCA Mini-Patrol cars are one of the many entries in the parade.

If you would like to be a part of the 2016 Crozet Fireman’s parade, please submit your entry to be in the parade as soon as possible to ensure you are included in the lineup. Lineup will be based on a first come basis. Horses/livestock will be placed near or at the end of the parade. Lineup will begin at 4:00 P.M. at Crozet Elementary School and the parade ends at Claudius Crozet Park.  This year’s Grand Marshals are Pete and Rick Maupin, in recognition of their contributions to our community.  There will be field judging for Fire & Rescue apparatus at Claudius Crozet Park after the parade. Awards will be presented around 7:00 P.M.

The celebration begins at Claudius Crozet Park after the parade, where there will be live music by LockJaw, a local cover band that plays classic rock, blues, and R&B, as well as free rides and games for children.  Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you watch the events. Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available, including pork barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza,  popcorn, apple pie,and sno cones, as well as vegetarian and vegan choices, tacos, and other favorites such as pizza and fruit smoothies. Starr Hill & Pro Re Nada Beer and Bold Rock Cider will also be on hand. Pam Garrison will MC the event. Event culminates at 9:30 PM with a stupendous fireworks show. (We have it at 9:30 PM so it’s late enough to be dark, but not too late to for the youngsters to view the show.)   Also, there are no pets allowed in the event and we’ll provide designated smoking areas and ask that you only smoke in those areas.  If you live nearby Crozet Park, we encourage you to walk!

How much would you pay for such good times?  All that’s asked is a donation of $3 per person (children 12 and under free) as you enter to park to help pay for the fireworks and event expenses. Further details at: The event is sponsored by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet Lions Club, White Hall Ruritans, Life Journey Church, Crozet Board of Trade (aka Downtown Crozet Association), and several other area churches, and citizen volunteers

Making a Contribution

These events involve a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals, but they can’t happen without financial contributions, too. Of course, we appreciate all donations, but to boost our efforts to cover expenses, we have three leadership donor levels and we are hoping that you will show your support by becoming a lead patron this year.

  • For a gift of $500 or more, we will prominently display your company banner you provide at the entrance to the park during the event, identify your patron status in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and provide you with ten passes to the celebration in the park.
  • For a gift of $250, you will receive acknowledgment in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and four passes to the celebration in the park.
  • And, for a gift of $100 you will receive two passes to the celebration in the park, published thanks in the Crozet Gazette and the event handbill.

July will be here before you know it.  Won’t you join us by contributing whatever you can afford?  If being a lead patron is too much this, please send whatever you can afford.   Your contribution is tax-deductible charitable donation. Thank you!

  1. You can mail a check payable to: Downtown Crozet Association and send it to: DCA, P.O. Box 863, Crozet, VA 22932.  Please put  “CIDC donation” on the memo line.
  2. You can contribute right now, online, by clicking on this link:  Donate to CIDC through Network for Good
  3. Please put “CIDC donation” in the Designation box.
  4. Thank you for your generous support!

It takes a village – won’t you help out on Saturday, July 2 for an hour?

We need your help for just an hour or two on Saturday, July 2.  Below is the website to sign-up to help with the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC) next Saturday, July 2, between 5PM to 10PM. There are a variety of tasks and time slots. Most of the time slots are only an hour – so there’s lots of ways to help and still enjoy the event.
To sign up, go to:
When you sign-up it will ask for your name, email and, optionally phone number.  No one else can see your email and phone.  We promise we won’t share it.  It’s helpful for us to have it if something happens and we need to let you know about a last minute change.

We urge church groups, civic and neighborhood associations to sign-up.  Crozet Trails Crew already has volunteered to staff one spot the whole evening!  Let’s see which group can have the most volunteers!

With your help, we can make this Crozet Independence Day celebration the best ever!

On Saturday, July 2, from about 10 to 10:30 pm (after the fireworks show) BOTH LANES  of Park Road, High Street, and Tabor Street will be one‑way from Claudius Crozet Park to Crozet Avenue. Albemarle County Police officers will be directing traffic at the Crozet Avenue/Tabor Street intersection.

Map of special one-way traffic from Crozet Park to Crozet Avenue, July 2, 2016