Hundreds Enjoy Annual Port Chester Day

Residents enjoyed live music, a variety of food and fireworks

Saturday was the 24th Annual Port Chester Day in Lyon Park.

Hundreds of Port Chester residents came to out to enjoy live music, all kinds of food, a firework  display and each other’s company. Here's a Patch of the day's festivities.

“They’ve done a great job, more so than in the past, with different ways for the kids to have fun. The fireworks are always great. They food is great, they have Italian, Ecuadorian and of course classic American,” said Lt. Richard Conway of Port Chester Police Department.

Heather Krakowski is the Recreation Leader of the Village’s Recreation Department. Krakowski was quite pleased with the amount of vendors and residents that came out to make Port Chester Day special.

“We’ve got about 48-50 vendors here today and most of them told me that they were all doing well," Krakowski said. " is here doing a demonstration and the rides are all open for the kids. It was looking like we might have a cloudy day but the weather turned out better than I could have imagined and things are going well.”

Pizzas, snacks, hamburgers, Italian ices and more were all available from a number of different local businesses.

The Boy Scouts of Pack 19 and the Port Chester NAACP were in attendance to give information and answer questions. The Port Chester Rams cheerleading squad was also on hand selling baked goods as a fundraising effort.

“This is a lovely day for the community. You can just look around and see that Port Chester is a very diverse community that really has a lot of things going for it,” said Assemblyman George Latimer. “There is a great mixture of things going on, different kinds of music and food, getting to catch up with neighbors, plenty of things to keep the kids busy and smiling. It is also a great chance to catch up with people in the community who you don’t see every day and the weather is just perfect.”

They put a bow on Port Chester Day at 9 p.m. with a beautiful fireworks display by Grucci. Funding for the fireworks was provided by

“So far all the feedback I’ve gotten has been great. Next year is our big 25th Annual Port Chester Day so we will see what we can do for next year,” Krakowski said with a smile. 

JJ August 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
We all moan and groan about the Village of Port Chester from time to time because most of us remember better times there. However, events like this help us to remember that we are a village of "many" ; NOT all the surrounding communities can say that. True , we have become a place that accepts the "unwanted" that other communities avoid and maybe someday we'll get our act together to deal with that. But for now it was good to see ALL the people coming together on this great day. Nice work PC!
Aidan August 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
overly concerned August 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
margaret taylor August 27, 2012 at 02:14 AM
A village of many who don't belong! Port chester will never be what it was.
eatingdogfood August 27, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Bart Didden August 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM
@JJ I agree and fully support your view and I remain hopeful as well as optimistic that we will get our "act" together. We can and we will.
RyeDad August 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
In todays political arena where those responsible for overseeing and leading their communities often hide behind town paid lawyers, Mr. Didden offers a refreshing and different approach to his constituents. Open, honest, accountable and responsive representation. You have earned my admiration Mr. Didden.
Aidan August 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I agree with RyeDad. He's the most visible trustee of all ... and that counts. A lot.


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