Somers Independence Day celebration is back this year and better than ever.
The Lions Club and the town of Somers began planning this year’s event—set for June 29—pretty much the week after last year’s inaugural shindig.
The block party style event encourages the community to “pull-up, park and party” at the Sebastian Capital Campus, 2875 Route 35 at the corner of Route 100.
Tickets sold out fast last year, and the Lions are expecting the same will happen this year so are encouraging people to get their spots early.
Tickets are $30 for advance general parking and $40 on the day of the event. There are also silver and gold VIP options. Silver VIP is $100 and gets ticket holders two parking spaces on the level just below all the action. The gold VIP option is $150, and $50 is donated directly to veterans. It includes two spaces on the same level as the food and entertainment.
“We are truly honored that Sebastian Capital has been able to support the Lions Club and the Somers community in this way for a second year by hosting the Independence Day Block Party, and hope to continue this tradition in the future,” said Roxana Q. Girand, President and CEO, Sebastian Capital. “Community involvement and investment are at the heart of Sebastian Capital’s mission. Our Urban Campus development is firmly rooted in Somers, and Somers as our hometown, so it is a privilege to be able to contribute.”
Block Party 2019 kicks off at 2 p.m. with a DJ providing music; from 3-30 p.m. the Kelly Oster Irish Step Dancers perform; from 4-5 p.m. is Dan Zlotnick and Band; from 5:15-5:45 p.m. there’s a parade of veterans along with a performance from Alyssa Martin and Paul Martin; from 6-6:30 p.m. is the opening ceremony honoring veterans; Cadillac Chris performs from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by Just Nuts from 7-8 p.m.; Class Action Band from 8-9:30 p.m. and fireworks from 9:30-10 p.m.
“The spirit of the event is to bring the town and community together,” said Larry Uffer, a member of the planning committee in the Lions Club. “It’s also in the spirit of Somers being a community-minded, veteran-minded, service-minded town.”
The proceeds from the event are going to two organizations: My Brother Vinny and Westchester All Stars for Veterans. My Brother Vinny distributes food, clothing, furniture and housewares to veterans, outreach groups, shelters and families in Westchester County and the surrounding area. Westchester All Stars raises money to support several veteran groups.
Many of the people that have already bought the gold VIP option have done so because $50 of the ticket does go right to these groups, Uffer said.
Along with the entertainment, the Lions Club is bringing in more food trucks and activities for children to add to the “tailgate” feel of the event, which works well on the Sebastian Capital campus. Hungry patrons will have choices of seafood, Greek food, barbecue, cotton candy and zeppoles and the Lions will also be grilling. The only thing people need to bring is a car full of people, Uffer said.
The Lions Club is encouraging the community to carpool to make the most of the space and the ticket price.
“If you’re paying $30 for general admission and your car can seat seven, put seven in,” Uffer said. “Bring your lawn chairs, bring your blankets.”
General admission is first-come, first served so those arriving early will get a better parking spot. The gates will also close around 8 p.m. to allow time to set up for fireworks.
Months of planning go into the event, but Uffer said it’s all worth it when he sees the community together.
“It’s a labor of love,” Uffer said. “It’s phenomenal for the town to get together and to honor the freedoms we have in this country and to spend time with our family and friends. That’s really what the spirit of this event is. We want everyone coming out and having a good time.”
To buy tickets and for more information, visit: somersblockparty.com