Letter to the Editor


Waveny fireworks, July 2024. Credit: Terry Dinan

NewCanaanite.com recently received the following letter. Emails letters to editor@newcanaanite.com to have them published here. 



Waveny fireworks, July 2024. Credit: Terry Dinan

On behalf of the Family Fireworks Committee, I would like to thank all who supported the 43rd Annual New Canaan Family Fireworks Celebration at Waveny Park by purchasing an entrance pass and attending this Independence Day celebration.  

The fireworks show was spectacular. It was another memorable celebration….an outstanding evening of family fun, wonderful music, great food and a fantastic fireworks display. Your financial support makes this great New Canaan tradition possible; whether you drove in or walked in, thank you for buying an entrance pass.  

Mike Mauro and Eric Thunem at the Waveny fireworks, July 2024. Credit: Terry Dinan

We offer a big thank you to the New Canaan Family Fireworks volunteer Committee (George Benington, Jordan Cerbone, Scott Cluett, Chris Cody, Sven Englund, Wendy Dixon Fog, Win Goodrich, Sue Holland, John Howe, Suzanne Jonker, Russ Kimes, Tucker Murphy, Andrew Walsh, Maria Weingarten, and Pat Wood) as well as all of the following; the show could not have gone on without their endless energy, hard work and commitment:

  • Police Department
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Fire Department and Fire Marshal
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Town Band and Mind the Gap Band
  • Parking, Parks, Public Works, Recreation and Information Technology Departments
  • The Exchange Club of New Canaan
  • Master of Ceremonies Dan Taylor
  • Our special benefactors
  • The fourteen gourmet food trucks
  • The volunteers who worked from early morning, to very late at night, to set up and take down all of the necessary infrastructure and equipment. 

A special thank you to Walter Stewart’s Market for selling entrance passes and to the local print and on-line papers for getting the word out about the event.  

As usual, the Police and CERT volunteers did a wonderful job handling the traffic flow; the park was nearly empty about 30 minutes after the fireworks ended.  

And I offer special kudos, as always, to our Recreation Staff, led by John Howe, (Zack Philippas, Steve Dayton, Butch Landon, Bea Watkins, and Deborah DiMuzio) and the Parks Department led by Todd Deklyn and Ryan Restivo for their tireless efforts in creating a quintessential Independence Day celebration. 

Please send any comments, thoughts and suggestions for next year to me at Town Hall. 

Tom Stadler, Chairman – New Canaan Family Fireworks 

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