With the Fourth of July falling on Wednesday this year, Independence Day events — and related mid-July festivities in the region — are spread out over the first week of July.
Festivals, fireworks and family fun will be featured throughout the area now through Sunday July 8.
Monday July 2 is a special day in Thurman, with the kickoff of their summer concert series in Athol — accompanied by fireworks at dusk. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Veterans’ Field behind the town hall with the talented, versatile band “The Cards.”
On Tuesday July 3, Stony Creek offers a free concert by the incredible Randy Rollman’s Rockin' All-Star Review, at 7 p.m. in the town park off Harrisburg Rd. Rollman, an acclaimed steel guitarist, is joined by a lineup of guest musicians.
Tuesday also brings a huge crowd to the annual Summer Jam concert & fireworks, set for 6:45 p.m. in East Field, 175 Dix Avenue in Glens Falls. The gates open at 4 p.m.
Also on Tuesday July 3, Hague will be hosting its annual community Independence Day fest, featuring live music, picnicking and family activities, all centered in the town park.
On Wednesday July 4, both Bolton and Schroon Lake will be holding their traditional Independence Day celebrations. Bolton’s is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., based in Rogers Park. It features a deejay, face painting, magician and juggler, capped off with fireworks at dusk.
Schroon Lake’s July 4th extravaganza starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday and extends to 7 p.m. and beyond. Their community parade is set to proceed down Main at 6 p.m. Featured will be live music including rock and country bands and specialty groups, playing from noon to 6 p.m. at various sites around town. Festivities start with a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the Community Church. The day ends with a fireworks display above Schroon Lake at 8:45 p.m. or so.
Lake George will be hosting its annual Independence fireworks show Wednesday July 4 in the skies above Shepard Park. People are advised to arrive early and expect traffic jams. Those who arrive early can enjoy a concert by the band Groove Therapy beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Over the weekend of July 6 through 8, Queensbury and Glens Falls will be hosting the Sunkiss Balloon Fest, with most of its events set for the Warren County airport. The Friday evening kickoff of the festival is centered in Crandall Park, Glens Falls.
Memorial dedication slated
Saturday July 7 brings a once-in-a-lifetime event to Chestertown with the dedication of the long-awaited Chester Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is to be held at 5 p.m. on the lawn of Chester Municipal Center. A barbecue and live country music follows at Summerfest, behind the municipal center. This community celebration, from noon to 10 p.m. or so, incudes hometown carnival activities including games, music, a pie-eating contest, and music by the acclaimed Steven L. Smith Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m. Saturday also features the Strawberry Festival and Bazaar from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Community Methodist Church on Church St.
Also on Saturday, North Creek will be holding its Independence Day celebration and fireworks. Family fun begins at 1 p.m. in Ski Bowl park off Rte. 28. The fest features Games of chance, live entertainment, food. and fireworks at dusk.
Then on both Saturday July 7 and Sunday, July 8, Bolton is hosting its annual Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rogers Park. The event showcases regional artisans and crafters, with their high-quality creations.