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Glen Cove Volunteer FD Celebrates 175 Years

Weekend activities included a parade, a carnival, live music and fireworks

The Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 175th anniversary with a number of events over the weekend, including a parade held Saturday evening. Hundreds of residents lined the streets to watch members of various local fire departments, police departments and marching bands stroll proudly by, dressed to impress.

The parade lasted about an hour on a warm, sunny evening, as members of fire and police departments from Sea Cliff, Locust Valley, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Oyster Bay, Great Neck, East Norwich, Syosset, Jericho, New Hyde Park, Floral Park and Proctorsville, VT joined Glen Cove for this significant milestone. Mayor Suozzi and his family, members of the Glen Cove City Council and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton led the parade down Forest Avenue and through School Street.

A carnival was held at the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium throughout the weekend, and the carnival workers didn’t hesitate to participate in the parade, trekking their carts up and down the street selling hot pretzels, Italian ices and toys for the kids.

Later in the evening, a fireworks display was held on Garvies Point Road, where onlookers within the downtown area could enjoy the spectacle.

The department was initially organized by a group of concerned citizens on June 19, 1837. At that time, 30 volunteers became members of the company, known as Glen Cove Fire Company No. 1.