The “Best Fourth in the North” was a rousing success, according to organizers, thanks to the support of community sponsors. The four-day July 4th celebration attracted hundreds of people to downtown Ticonderoga for a carnival, parade, concerts, bed race, road race, fireworks and more.
The “Best Fourth in the North” was a rousing success, according to organizers, thanks to the support of community sponsors.
The four-day July 4th celebration attracted hundreds of people to downtown Ticonderoga for a carnival, parade, concerts, bed race, road race, fireworks and more. It was planned by the “Best Fourth in the North” committee, a subcommittee of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
“On behalf of the ‘Best Fourth In The North’ committee we would like to thank all of the sponsors and donors for the 2012 celebration,” said Debbie Barber, committee chairwoman. “Without your dedication and support the celebration would not be possible. We appreciate the community’s support of the celebration.”
“As a newcomer to the ‘Best Fourth’ committee, I am amazed at how much a small group of dedicated volunteers has been able to accomplish,” said John Bartlett, chairman of the TMSP. “For example, the expanded fireworks display has been amazing.”
The price tag for the annual celebration is about $30,000, which includes the parade, bands for the parade, entertainment, carnival and vendors in Bicentennial Park as well as the fireworks display. The town of Ticonderoga does provide support for the celebration, but the majority of the funding is raised by the “Best Fourth in the North” committee.
All donations made to the “Best Fourth in the North” celebration are tax deductible because the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization.
Besides donations, the organizing committee is seeking volunteers for the 2013 festivities. This year about a half dozen people planned and put on the event.
“We encourage you to support the Fourth of July celebration by attending fundraisers held throughout the year, by making a donation or by volunteering some of your time to help,” Bartlett said. “We hope to make the ‘Best Fourth in the North’ even bigger and better next year and, with your help and support, we will make this a reality."
Donations for the “Best Fourth in the North” celebration can be mailed to 42 Burgoyne Road, Ticonderoga, NY. Checks should be made payable to “Best Fourth In The North” or the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
Sponsors and donors this summer include:
Adirondack Camp, Adirondack Waste Management, Alonzo Fireworks, Amyland Amusements, Aubuchons, Geraws Ok Sanitary, Glens Falls National Bank, Grinnell Construction, International Paper Company, Knights of Columbus Ticonderoga, Porter Land Surveying, Reale Construction, Shirts 4 you, Smittys, St. Mary’s School, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Central School, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Wal-Mart, John and Joanne Bartlett, Molly and David Bechard, Amy and Christopher Dostie, Pat Ida, Carolyn Malaney, Kathy Marshall, Richard and Sue Mattison, Peter and Lynne Reale and Jim Stevens.
“We also thank all those who attended fundraisers, purchased raffle tickets and made donations at the coin drop and in the park,” Barber said. “We would also like to thank the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce for their support and dedication to the committee and celebration throughout the year. In addition the Chamber also markets the celebration locally and outside the area.”
The 2013 “Best Fourth In The North” celebration will take place July 1-4. Fundraising events being planned include Buckets Bog, a TV raffle, Fourth of July in December barbecue and basket raffle, the annual Ti High Alumni Basketball Tournament and Italian Dinner, an iPad raffle, coin drops and a softball tournament.