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Excited for Somers Block Party June 30


Hello Somers:

The Town is excited this year to partner with the Somers Lions Club, Somers Chamber of Commerce and Sebastian Capital to offer a new kind of Independence Day celebration, at a new location, starting a new tradition with the 2018 Somers Block Party on June 30.

The Block Party will take place at Sebastian Capital’s 1 Pepsi Way property (across from King Kone) with gates opening at 2 p.m. and entertainment starting at 3 p.m. The event will include live music, rides, games (for young & old), food trucks and of course, fireworks. Most importantly, it will honor Lt. Victor Prato, a Somers and Princeton graduate who was severely wounded last year serving our country in Afghanistan. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Victor as a young athlete, and both he and his family represent everything that is good about the Somers community. There is no one more deserving of a party in their honor than Lt. Victor Prato.

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The Somers Block Party is the culmination of a year’s worth of planning by a group of volunteers who spent countless hours organizing what will be an awesome event for the Somers community. The new location provides significantly more space for entertainment, and offers multiple access points so getting to and from the event will be convenient. The entertainment consists of seven different live bands set to play all day and evening; a variety of food trucks (pizza, BBQ, gyros, and more); rides/games for kids and teens; and, fireworks to cap off the night.

As always, the town will donate the fireworks; Sebastian Capital has donated the use of their facility; and, the Somers Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce have sponsored the entertainment. Tickets are $20 per car if you order online before the event, $30 per car at the door, and $100 if you’d like a VIP space close to all of the action (they come with two spaces - for your car and set-up area for table/chairs). The VIP spaces are almost sold-out.

Please note that the charge is per car, not per person, so carpooling is a good idea. Also remember to bring lawn chairs! As with all Lions fundraising activities, proceeds will be going to charity, and a donation will be made to Lt. Victor Prato for his long term care. 

The 2018 Somers Block Party will truly have something for everyone, and provides us all the opportunity to party as a community while honoring one of our hometown heroes, Lt. Victor Prato. I want to thank the residents and organizations, including the Somers Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Sebastian Capital, who worked tremendously hard on this event. They took the public’s feedback regarding our traditional Independence Day celebration, and breathed new life into a great community celebration. Please visit the event website at for more information or to purchase your tickets. We hope to see you there


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