Fourth of July at JCC

Last year, a JCC Fourth of July tradition was born, or more accurately, reborn.

Former membership Director Suzy Hillebrand was inspired by the July 4th parties the JCC threw when she was growing up here and wanted to bring the fun holiday tradition back.

She envisioned raft races, a splash contest and poolside dancing.

“Growing up it was always a highlight of the summer and I can’t wait to introduce it to a whole new generation of JCC families,” she said at the time.

Unfortunately, the weather proved uncooperative and the party was moved to the gym where families had fun playing games and eating popcorn and sno cones.

Alicia Springer, current Membership Director, said the July 4th Party is planned again this year, and weather permitting, it will be the promised pool-side celebration.

“It’ll be an old-fashioned, family-friendly Fourth of July,” she said.

Pools are open from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with raft races for different age groups every hour in the family pool starting at 11:25 a.m. The Big Splash Diving Contest is at 3:25 p.m. There will be free fitness demonstrations poolside as well. Families are invited to bring their own food and have a picnic in the family park or enjoy the food options offered by the JCC including free snocones and popcorn.

Springer reiterated that if weather doesn’t permit pool time again this year, the party will move into the upper gym, where families will still find plenty of fun for the day.


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