Schroon Lake will host its annual Fourth of July celebration this summer. The community parade will begin at 6 p.m.
Schroon Lake will host its 58th annual Fourth of July celebration this summer.
“It’ll be a great day,” Kate Huston, event chairwoman, said. “All we need is good weather and the weather is always good on the Fourth of July in Schroon Lake.”
Festivities will get under way with the Schroon Lake Community Church’s 33rd annual chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. The church is located in the center of town on US Route 9.
The menu consists of a half chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, roll, butter, homemade brownie, iced tea or lemonade. Tickets are $9.
Activities in the town park will also start at 11 a.m. There will be an “art Bucket” featuring air brush tattoos, face painting and hair braiding until 9 p.m. The Town of Schroon Lions Club will operate a food tent near the beach until 9 p.m. as well. There will be a”bounce around” for children noon to 5:30 p.m.
There will also be a series of concerts in the town park. Hot Pursuit will perform at 11 a.m., followed by Loose Connection at noon and the Gregson Brothers at 3 p.m.
Awards from the annual Schroon Lake fishing contest will be given out at 3 p.m. at the chamber of commerce office.
Sue Tillotson will provide vocal and keyboard music 4 to 6 p.m. on the Community Church porch.
The Adirondack Pipes and Drums will perform a mini concert 5:30 to 6 p.m. next to the fountain at the intersection of Main Dick streets.
Schroon’s traditional Fourth of July parade will get under way at 6 p.m. It will proceed from Hoffman Road north on Main Street to Fowler Avenue and onto Leland Avenue to town beach area.
Paul Bubar of Word of Life will announce the parade on the Community Church porch.
At dusk the Word of Life Collegians will perform a concert of patriotic music on the town beach.
That will be followed by a fireworks display above Schroon Lake.
Throughout the day there will be sales and special events by downtown merchants.
The annual Adirondack Raffle sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce will be held 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Raffle winners will be drawn at 8 p.m. at the chamber office on Main Street.
The Schroon Lake celebration is funded by donations. While this year’s events have been financed, money is needed for 2013 and beyond.
“The parade and day’s events are funded strictly by your donations,” Huston said. “This is your parade and your full day of festivities so we need you to remember to get your donation out in the mail. We cannot put on the day’s events without your help, so we are asking you to donate.
“We realize that the economy is tight and that everyone is having a difficult time, but any amount you can donate helps us to meet our goal,” she said. “So, please, consider making a donation today. Thank you and see you on the Fourth.”
Huston said people were very generous in their support last year. She said donations came from local residents as well as summer residents living as far away as California.
Donations for the July 4th celebration can be mailed to mailed to Box 614, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. Checks should be made payable to the “4th of July Parade Fund.” For more information contact Huston at 532-9745 or email@example.com
Huston was recently honored as the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce 2012 Citizen of the Year for her work on the July 4th activities and other volunteer efforts.
“People don’t realize the work involved in planning something like the July 4th celebration,” she said. “They seem to think that all the sudden a parade just starts in town. It’s a lot of work.”
Huston didn’t plan on taking on the Independence Day responsibilities, but when the celebration’s director became ill four years ago the annual event was in jeopardy.
“I’m very patriotic,” Huston said. “When I heard there might not be a July 4th celebration I had to do something.”