A wide variety of patroiic and family-oriented activities in the region are scheduled for Independence Day and the weekend that follows.
The lower Adirondacks area is renowned for its celebrations, and the first week in July — with Independence Day dominating the lineup — is perhaps the most festive week of the year.
Festivals, fireworks and family fun will be featured throughout the area now through Saturday July 6, with Independence Day celebrations are to be held Thursday July 4 in Bolton, Stony Creek and Schroon Lake — as well as a week-long “Best Fourth in the North” festival in Ticonderoga. The week ends Saturday July 6 with the day-long Summerfest in Chestertown and the Independence Day party in North Creek.
Here’s an overview of what’s happening this week:
• Headlining the events is the first-ever Warrensburg Day on Thursday July 4, which celebrates the joint bicentennial of the town and Warren County. It includes a parade, games, vendors, and activities for all ages. See inside this issue for details.
• On Thursday July 4, Bolton’s July Fourth festival is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., based in Rogers Park. It features a deejay, face painting, a magician and juggler. It’s capped off with fireworks at dusk.
• Lake George’s July 4th celebration features a concert by the Lake George Community Band beginning at 8 p.m. in Shepard Park, followed by an extensive fireworks show at 9:30 p.m..
• Schroon Lake’s Fourth of July celebration starts at 11 a.m. Thursday with live music including rock and country bands playing through the day at various sites. Their community parade down Main St. is set for 6 p.m. The festivities end with a fireworks display above Schroon Lake at dusk.
• The Town of Stony Creek is hosting a Fourth of July celebration and picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their town park and pavilion, featuring music by the band Roadhouse. Food & children’s activities are provided for local residents.
• Thursday also features an Independence Day concert in Glens Falls beginning at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra performing patriotic favorites in Crandall Park on Glen St.
• Through Thursday, Ticonderoga is hosting “The Best Fourth in the North,” an extravaganza featuring amusement rides, food, vendors, entertainment and music in the park, a footrace and fireworks. The town parade is Thursday at 2 p.m.. See: www.best4thinthenorth.com.
• On Friday, July 5, Chestertown is hosting their Car Hop & Cruise, beginning at 6:30 - p.m. downtown. In Lake George, the innovative rock band Wild Adriatic will be performing beginning at 8 p.m.
• Saturday July 6 features Summerfest in Chestertown, from noon to 10 p.m. at the Chester Municipal Center on Main St. downtown. Featured are games, children’s activities, music, food, expositions by community groups and family fun. There will be a re-dedication of the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza in late afternoon. A barbecue begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks are set for 9:15 p.m. The day also features the annual Loon Lake Fishing Derby. See our calendar in this issue for details.
• Also on Saturday is Johnsburg’s Independence Day celebration all day at North Creek Ski Bowl, with children’s activities, food, crafts, vendors, and observance of county’s bicentennial.. A town parade occurs at 11 a.m. down Main St. in North Creek, and a re-dedication of the Ski Bowl hut to World War II P.O.W. Joe Minder is set for 3 p.m.. Fireworks are slated for dusk.