ELIZABETHTOWN - The 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the forming of a nation will be celebrated in six different towns in the region this weekend.
The towns of Essex and Westport will hold their annual festivities on Saturday, July 2, Tupper Lake celebrates on Sunday, July 3, while the town of Jay and the villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will celebrate on Monday, July 4.
The Essex Fire Department is pleased to announce that its 2011 Fourth of July parade will step off southbound onto State Route 22 promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, from the Block House Road into the hamlet of Essex. Any and all interested individuals, groups, organizations, bands etc are encouraged to enter, whether a float, a marching unit, an equine, an automobile - vintage, unique, classic or otherwise.
Games and food on Beggs Point will follow immediately after the parade. There will be a boat race and a spelling bee at the town hall at 3 p.m.
Other events will include the Firecracker Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., starting from the Catholic Church. The childrens fun run will start at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Essex Ice Cream Shop.
There will also be a Patriotic Hymn sing at St. Johns Church, beginning at 10 a.m.
The fireworks extravaganza, weather permitting, will be begin at dusk on Friday evening, July 1.
Please call 963-4060 for further information.
The annual Fourth of July Parade will be held in Westport at noon on Saturday, July 2, starting at the fairgrounds traveling down Main Street.
Lineup for those wishing to participate will be at 11 a.m. at the fair grounds. Antique cars, tractors, floats, fire trucks, ambulances, clubs and bands are invited to be involved.
Following the parade, there will be an ice cream social and magic show immediately following the parade in Ballard Park, starting around 12:30 p.m.
The annual fireworks show will take place at about 9:30 p.m. in Lee Park.
For more information, contact Sheila Borden at 962-8360 or 962-8909.
Independence Day will be celebrated in Municipal Park on Sunday, July 3, starting at 7 p.m. with appearances by bands Lost in Transition and Abbot Hayes.
People are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic for the event, and the annual fireworks display will kick off around 9:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the town and village of Tupper Lake.
The Jay Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4, beginning with a parade at noon. Following the parade, there will be food and fun on the firehouse grounds with hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, sausages, cotton candy, games of chance and bingo. The popular "greased pole" will be on the grounds. This year, a local band, Lucid, will perform. Fireworks will be displayed at dusk.
Also, The Beer Run Association will continue on its charity event quest by hosting the "2011 Run to the Beer Tent" (Jay Fire Department's Annual Fourth of July Celebration) fundraiser. The approximate 2.5-mile run will begin at 2 p.m. at Devin's Garage in Jay and finish at the Beer Tent. The cost to participate is $10 (includes a refreshing beverage and a Beer Run) or $15 (includes a refreshing beverage, Beer Run and an Association T-Shirt).
Proceeds generated will benefit the Jay Fire Department. For more information please contact Vicki Kirchner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-3551.
Lake Placid will host its annual Fourth of July Parade on Monday, July 4, with the parade stepping off at 5 p.m. onto Main Street from Cummins Road.
Line-up for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m., and awards for the parade will follow the event in the park.
The annual "Set the Night to Music," fireworks show over Mirror Lake will take place that evening, starting at 9:45 p.m. There will be speakers placed in several locations throughout the town, and attendees can also get the audio portion of the program by tuning to radio station 93.3 FM.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will present Roy Hurd as the headliner for a special performance on Monday, July 4, as part of the first Summer Concert Series. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in Riverside Park.
Following the concert at around 9:30 p.m. will be the annual firework display, sponsored by the village of Saranac Lake.