SCHROON LAKE - Independence Day will be celebrated early in Schroon Lake this year.
Because July 4th falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed July 3 in Schroon Lake.
"We didn't want to have conflicts with church services," explained Kate Hutson, Schroon July 4th chairwoman.
The Independence Day celebration will begin July 3 with The Schroon Lake Community Church's annual chicken barbecue, rain or shine, in its community room starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 a person.
The church is located on the corner of Main Street and Leland Avenue. The community room faces Leland Avenue. It is handicapped accessible, including the rest rooms.
Also at 11 a.m., the Seagle Music Colony will perform in nearby Fountain Park.
A "bounce around" and games for children will be held in the town park near the beach from noon to 5:30 p.m. Also near the beach will be Art Bucket 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The band Loose Connection will perform at noon in the town band stand, followed by Keystone at 3 p.m.
An "Adirondack Raffle" will be held by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce at the Glens Falls National Bank 3-6 p.m. and following the parade. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m.
At 3:15 p.m. awards will be presented in the annual Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament. The awards will be given in front of the chamber office on Main Street.
Sue Tillotson will provide music on the Community Church porch 4-6 p.m.
The Adirondack Pipes and Drums will perform a "mini-concert" at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main and Dock streets.
Members of the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club, the community's citizens of the year, will serve as grand marshals for the 56th annual parade at 6 p.m. The parade will run from Hoffman Road to the town's park area.
Paul Bubar will serve as parade announcer at the Community Church.
The Word of Life Collegians will perform patriotic music at dusk and the fireworks display over Schroon Lake will take place at dark.
Throughout the day Schroon Lake merchants will offer sales and specials.
Hutson said holding the Independence Day celebration on July 3 presented a few challenges. That same day is Canada Day and Minerva Day, so some bands and fire companies that normally come to Schroon won't be available.
"We have enough music and I'm happy with the way things are coming together," Hutson said.
The event chairwoman credited the community with making the annual celebration a reality. Financial contributions, particularly, have been strong, she said.
"People have been extremely generous," Hutson said. "I've gotten checks from summer residents in California, New Mexico, Arizona, all over. It's been wonderful."