The fresh watermelon and lemonade was much appreciated and surely needed as the July heat bore down on the 26th annual Warwick Neck Parade, held on the Fourth of July.
What originally started as a group of people marching in their own parade – nobody spectated it back then because everyone who wanted to be included was in it – has grown into a rich tradition since. Parade organizer Bill Nixon is still going strong, and hosts the entire gathering for refreshments and awards on his backyard lawn, which overlooks Greenwich Bay.
People from all over the city showed up, including Mayor Joseph Solomon and candidates for local offices and the General Assembly. A flag raising ceremony was held to honor the nation at the reception.