Frequently asked questions

What is the Spirit of Beacon Day?
The Spirit of Beacon Day is an annual Parade and Main Street Festival held on the last Sunday of September. It has been running since 1977 and the mission of its original founders was “A day to bring the City together, especially the children and youth....the community should get to know one another better, learn to know what each other likes in conversation, feelings, entertainment, education and food.”

When is the Spirit of Beacon Day this year, 2019?
Sunday, September 29th, rain date Oct 6th, 2019. Street festival 12pm – 4pm, parade runs 1pm-2pm

What is the theme of this year's event?
The theme will be decided by the committee over the coming months - please check back soon.

Who organizes and runs the Spirit of Beacon Day?
The event is organized and run entirely by a volunteer committee, and funded by donations from local citizens and businesses. It is not run by the City of Beacon, however the City provides the support of the police, fire and highway department on the day of the parade.

What is the history / origin of the Spirit of Beacon Day?
The parade started in 1977 when local citizens decided to organize an event that would “bring the city together”. Read the full story here 

How can I get updates and information?
From our website and Facebook page .

I heard there is a new committee for the Spirit of Beacon, who is the new committee?
The new committee started in 2018 and are local volunteers from across the community. They have worked closely with the previous committee (who stepped down in 2017 ) to learn how the parade was run in the past, with the goal to make the transition smooth and carry the torch forward.
See photo and story from the Beacon Free Press here :

What will the donation and fundrasing money go towards?
Donations will go towards running the event – for promotions, banner,  bands / entertainment, school float contributions, nonprofit insurance and more. The Spirit of Beacon Day is funded entirely by donations from the local community, it is not paid for by the City of Beacon. Thank you for your support !

What can we expect for Spirit of Beacon Day in 2019?
The Street Festival will start at 12 noon on Main St with tables and entertainment. At 1pm. the Parade will march from City Hall to the Howland Cultural Center. When the Parade ends, the Street Festival with entertainment continues until 4pm.
There will be a children’s area with activities outside the Salvation Army, 372 Main St and a Spirit of Beacon exhibit at the Howland Library, 313 Main St. There will be music and entertainment near the post office and in various locations along Main Street throughout the day.

Who can register for a table at the event?
Local Non Profits, community groups, schools, churches and Main Street businesses. Space is limited : the non profit groups get registered first, (since this has been the tradition), and additional spaces will be available to Main Street businesses.

What is the table registration process?
1)    Local Non Profits, community groups, schools and churches register first, during June / July. If you would like to register your community organization, contact

2)    Any additional spaces available after July are offered to Main Street businesses on a first come first served basis. Contact :

Who marches in the Parade?
Local schools, churches, not for profit organizations, veterans, community groups, local businesses, Beacon’s City Council and First Responders.

What is the Parade Registration process?
A registration letter is sent out in July and will be also available online. Contact :

What are the General Rules and Guidelines for the event?
1) This is a family friendly community event.
2) No items will be distributed from any float or vehicle.
3) Please, no politicking for persons or parties and no pamphleteering.
4) No cycling or skateboarding, for everyone’s safety.
5) On the APPROACH OF AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE, all marchers and floats will give way and MOVE TO THE RIGHT as quickly as possible.

How can I help or get involved?
Email if you would like to volunteer at the Spirit of Beacon Day.
Please support us by sending a Donation - thank you.