History of Fireman's Day
Fireman’s Day is a tradition that dates back to October 14, 1959. Always the Second Saturday in October, it is the Fire Department’s one and only fundraiser for the year. The day consists of a boot drive, a parade, and a Brunswick stew sale. All funds raised support the Fire Department in day-to-day operations as well as paying for new equipment, training, and general expenses. This special day is an opportunity for the community to come out and support the Fire Department that serves and protects it all year long.
This tradition can be traced back to the years of bucket brigades when firefighters of the 1800’s were trying to gather the funds to build a firehouse. The boot drive is simply just what it sounds like - a few firefighters are placed on Main Street with a fire boot for the public to drop in donations. These are quick donations from people driving by that, when added together, make a big difference. The boot drive usually lasts from 9:00 a.m. to around 12:30 p.m. and is followed by the parade.
The Fireman's Day Parade starts at 3:30 p.m. and takes place on Main Street, Creedmoor. You'll want to be sure to arrive early as the streets will be packed with excited children and happy parents. The procession starts with the Fire Department Honor Guard bringing our nation’s colors down the road and is followed by the full Creedmoor Fire Department Fleet with lights flashing, firefighters throwing candy to the kids, and much more. The parade draws fire trucks from over 20 neighboring departments as well as several marching bands, floats, hot rods, and even a few horses! It is quite an exciting event to watch. For questions regarding parade entries, please utilize the contact information provided below.
Brunswick Stew & BBQ Sales
Right after the parade, attendees will want to head to the Fire Department on Elm Street to pick up Brunswick Stew or BBQ by the plate or by the quart. These sales are traditionally the biggest money-maker of the day. This is where we make the money we need to continue serving the community effectively.
The Brunswick Stew is homemade from scratch by all of the members of the department. The recipe is one that has been passed down since the first Fireman’s Day and is sure to hit the spot if you’re hungry.
The Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department also accepts donations and sells Fireman’s Day t-shirts at the event. Please come out and show us your support!
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Billy Fisher, Fire Chief