As Uncle Sam marks another year, towns around the area will battle the atmosphere with neon explosions while chowing down on dogs and burgers. Here's a look at what's happening this weekend:
Celebrations are scheduled for Saturday, July 2, with the local Lion's Club cooking out at the town beach at noon, and fireworks scheduled for dusk at the town overlook.
The annual Minerva day celebration will begin Saturday, July 2, with a firehouse breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Minerva Firehouse.
A Pant, Pedal, Paddle triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. with legs for running, biking and boating for nearly 20 total miles. A prize will be awarded to the fastest team.
Donnelly Beach will host a fishing derby from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Artisans and crafts will be on display at Courtney Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Minerva Historical Society Museum will be opened at 2 p.m. with the help of the Citizen of the Year, Kerry Killon.
Beginning at Sporty's at 5 p.m., the parade will finish at the beach.
When the parade ends, the beach will buzz with a potluck supper, games and face painting for kids, live music and the prize drawing for Minerva Quest.
Fireworks are scheduled at dusk.
Celebrations will happen Sunday, July 3, at Ski Bowl Park, kicking off with an archery tournament at 10 a.m. registration begins at 9 a.m with a $20 entry fee. First prize gets 40 percent of gate, second and third place get $40.
There will also be two Warrensburgh all-star softball games played, one at 11 a.m., with the second starting at 1 p.m.
Music starts at 2 p.m. with Southern Tendencies, and the Grammy-nominated R.L. Smith Band plays from 3 to 6 p.m. Tom Volcheck and Greg Ennis follow, with Southern Tendencies returning after the fireworks. Finger Diddle will play all day between sets.
Carnival games will be playable, with classics like the dunking booth, coin toss, baseball toss and ring toss. There will also be a bounce house.
Food will be available, with the Cub Scouts serving hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage with peppers. The Garnet Lake volunteer fire department will be barbequing chicken. Johnsburg Youth Works will be running a bake sale, and Pete's Ahh will sell subs and slices. Mark Renydon will be spinning maple cotton candy for the curious.
Fireworks are scheduled at dusk.
Events will kick off Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m. with kids' games on the Long Lake Ball Field. Competitions will include egg toss, sack races and the three-legged race. Free prizes for all participants.
At 5 p.m., the fire department will serve up barbeque at the town beach while the Popcorn Man does his thing and Penelope the clown provides entertainment and face painting.
The bed races are scheduled for 5 p.m. as well. The entry fee is $10 per bed, and the race route is from the Long Lake Bridge to the beach, pending department of transportation approval. Otherwise, the beds will race at Long Lake Central School.
Ernie Williams from Albany will sing the blues at the beach at 6 p.m. In case of rain, the event will move to the town hall. Fireworks are scheduled at the beach for dusk.
There will be events Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, with a kids' fishing derby starting at 8 a.m. at Byron Park Saturday, wrapping up at 1 p.m. The derby is free to kids under 16.
The United Methodist Church on Main Streetwill host a bazaar, bake sale and flea market from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring homemade baked goods, handmade and gently used items.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will host an auction and block party in Blue Mountain Lake starting at 10 a.m. The auction wraps up at 2 p.m., when the party starts, lasting until 4 p.m.
After the block party, the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department will host their chicken barbeque at the fire hall starting a 4 p.m.
The parade gets rolling at 7 p.m. Sunday evening, this year with a community pride theme. Floats will be judged for best illustrating the theme.
New to the parade is a decorated tractor competition, lawnmowers not enterable. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place winners.
Byron Park will host attendees after the parade, with Stephen Gratto entertaining with stilt-walking and balloon construction at 8:15 p.m.
The United Methodist Church will have a Strawberry Shortcake Social and the Country Christmas Tour will sell raffle tickets.
Fireworks will finish the evening at about 9:30 p.m.
July 2 - Minerva, dusk
July 3 - Indian Lake, 9:30 p.m.
North Creek, dusk
July 4 - Long Lake, dusk