The History of the Celebration
The Points Fourth of July Celebration originated in 1976 as a way to celebrate our country’s Bicentennial. It was organized by then Mayor Minor Lile and his wife, Sue, who gathered a group of friends and neighbors to brainstorm ideas for the celebration. They decided to hold a 2-day event that included a tennis tournament, sailing races, swim meet, horseshoe tournament, bingo, pickleball, bicycle treasure hunt for teens, a street dance and grand parade. And, of course, the grand finale – an evening fireworks show over Cozy Cove.
The event was so well received, that the decision was made to continue the celebration the following year. As the event grew in size and scope, so grew the tradition. Over the years, new events were added to the celebration such as a pet parae, fishing derby, as well as a Brass Band to play at the grand parade and picnic.
The Points Fourth of July Celebration has become an integral part of our neighborhood and is one of the more enduring July 4th festivities in the area, bringing neighbors together in volunteerism and community. As we mark the 40th year of this all-American celebration, take pause to thank those who took up the task years ago to create this tradition and collective inheritance. It reminds us all that taking time to volunteer and be with our neighbors sets a positive example and creates great legacy for future generations.
Yarrow and Hunts Points would not be the same wonderful communities they are today without this celebration!