Village of Plandome preps for annual Independence Day BBQ

Gretchen Keller
The Plandome Village Greene will be the site of the Independence Day celebration. (Photo courtesy of Google)

The Plandome Civic Association and the Plandome Fire Department will host their annual Independence Day celebration barbecue on the Village Green on Wednesday starting at 9:30 a.m.

The celebration kicks off with a bicycle parade. Participants decorate their bicycles in patriotic colors and designs for a lap around the green.

Manhasset resident and town historian Scott Wilson will sing the national anthem.

The day is filled with different kinds of races for people of all ages. There will be a 25-yard dash, a 50-yard dash and a 100-yard dash. In addition, there will be more creative races such as a potato sack race, three-legged races and a shoe relay race with teams. There will also be a husband and wife relay race.

“There’s something for everybody,” said Linda Kane, a former Plandome Civic Association member and Manhasset resident.

Right before lunch, there will be a water fight with a boys team and a girls team. The objective is to use fire hoses provided by the Plandome Fire Department to push a large ball between the two teams. Whichever team uses the hoses to push the ball to the opposing side wins.

The barbecue will be catered by Manhasset resident Brian Kenny. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, fried shrimp and more. The dinner will be followed by dessert, which will be hot apple pie and vanilla ice cream.

“What’s more American than hot apple pie and vanilla ice cream?” said Kane.

The event is open to all Village of Plandome residents and families. There will not be any fireworks at the barbecue this year.

The Manhasset villages of Munsey Park, Plandome Heights and Plandome Manor will not host any Independence Day celebrations this year.

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