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Hey Greenwich! Did You Know ... Happy 4th of July?

Celebrate the birth of the USA in a Greenwich Town Hall ceremony at 9 a.m. today.

Today is Wednesday, July 4, 2012, and it's Independence Day!

Today's birthdays:

  • Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama, is 14.
  • Reality MTV star of "Jersey Shore" Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is 30.
  • Playwright Neil simon is 85.
  • Actress Eva Marie Saint is 88.

This Day in History:

In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king in 1776.

The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the conflict that would eventually encourage France's intervention on behalf of the Patriots.

Things you should know:

Island Beach ferry service back to normal

Just in time for the crush of holiday beach-goers, the town's ferry service to Island Beach is back to normal.

According to Greenwich Parks & Recreation Director Joseph Siciliano, repairs were completed to the ferry Indian Harbor and the town's full complement of three ferries will be operational today.

Unexpected transmission failure of the circa 1937 boat and the need to manufacture parts for it kept the boat at Bridgeport Drydock for repairs until Tuesday, according to Siciliano.

So it's supposed to be back to normal this 4th of July with service every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the complete ferry schedule, click on the PDF at right.

4th of July Celebration

On the steps of Greenwich Town Hall at 9 a.m. the original American flag will be raised. There also will be a parade the flags of the original 13 colonies,  passages from the Declaration of Independence read, and Greenwich citizens who fought and died in the Revolutionary War will be honored. There will be a presentation of Good Citizen Awards to deserving young people. Patriotic music is provided by the Sound Beach Volunteer Band and refreshments are provided after the ceremony.

 

Holiday closings

For your planning purposes, here's a roundup of holiday closings for Wednesday, July 4th:

  • Town Hall: all offices closed.
  • Greenwich Public Library (including Byram and Cos Cob branches): Closed.
  • Perrot Memorial Library: closed.
  • Holly Hill Transfer Station: closed.
  • Greenwich Post Office: closed.
  • Banks: closed.
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles: closed.

You will be able to buy beach passes at both the and centers.

 

There aren't any municipal meetings planned for today.

 

Greenwich Community Television

If you prefer the clicker instead of being there or want to catch up on a Greenwich meeting you missed, there's Greenwich Community Television (GCTV) on either Fios Channel 24 or Cablevision's Channel 79.

11:00 am Retired Men's Association presents Steve Senson, WCBS Radio 12:00 pm Darwin - Yesterday and Today - New York Botanic Garden Symposium 2:00 pm BET Budget Committee Meeting , May, 2012 5:00 pm The Retired Men's Association presents Paula Bruns and Brian Jin of Masonicare on Advanced Directives 6:00 pm The Greenwich Tapes: The Fourth Ward 6:30 pm Board of Estimate & Taxation Meeting, June, 2012 8:00 pm Representative Town Meeting, June, 2012

And if you prefer the movies:

Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza
Showtimes for Wednesday, July 04, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
136 minutes
Trailer 12:00, 3:30, 6:45, 10:00
Digital;
Your Sister's Sister (R)
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt
90 minutes
Trailer 12:20, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:45
Digital;
Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton
93 minutes
Trailer 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30
Digital;

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