Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North will be a five-day affair this summer with the traditional parade, fireworks and more.
Bands, parades, fireworks and more will all help to celebrate the anniversary of the nation next week.
The Best 4th in the North opens Tuesday, July 1,and runs through Saturday, July 5, with organizers adding a day to the festivities.
“We have extended the celebration for 2014 by one day adding events happening at the Knights of Columbus and The Pub in Downtown Ticonderoga July 5,” committee member Molly Bechard said. “The committee is not wasting any time and both of these events will have fundraisers for the 2015 Best 4th In The North Celebration. We thank the K of C and The Pub for their continued support.”
Events begin July 1 with rides, vendors and food in Bicentennial Park from 4 to 10 p.m., with ride bracelets available for $20 and for use from 5 to 9 p.m. There will also be a Ticonderoga Open Mic Karaoke event from 5 to 8 p.m., with sign-up beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Rides continue July 2 from 4 to 10 p.m., again with bracelets good for rides between 5 and 9 p.m. There will also be a dance in the park with music provided by Party Productions USA from 6 to 9 p.m.
July 3 will feature an added half-hour for festivities in the park, extending from 4 to 10:30 p.m. (bracelet policy remains the same). Entertainment for the evening will start with the traditional country and rock-and-roll band Loose Connections, who will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Elvis impersonator Jim Cawley will perform in the parking lot between Rathbun Jewelers and the Old Cobblers Bench Building. Rock, blues and alternative country band Pale Green Stars will perform at the Bicentennial Park from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Independence Day will feature the Bicentennial Park events opening at 10:30 a.m. and going through 11 p.m. No ride bracelets will be available for the day.
The runners will be followed by the pomp and circumstance of the annual Best 4th in the North Parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. with the theme, “Ticonderoga, The First 250 Years.” Grand Marshals for the 2014 parade include the late Ray Thatcher (represented by his family), Mickey Fitzgerald and Jay Hebert. Announcers will be Angela Brown and Dan Crossman with sound system and additional patriotic music provided by Limited Light Karaoke. The bandstand (donated by Dave Woods) will be located next to Rathbun Jewelers.
Karaoke will return to Bicentennial Park from 4 to 6 p.m. with Limited Light Karaoke, with sign-up beginning and 3:45 p.m. Joe McGinness and Longshot Live will take the stage from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with a grand fireworks display to take place at dusk (around 9:45 p.m.)
On July 5, the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus will host a Music Jam Fest and Chicken and Rib Barbecue at the KofC hall from 2 until 7 p.m. There will be a free concert featuring multiple local bands, chicken and rib barbecue with all of the fixings ($15 for Adults & $12 for Youth Under 10), a 50/50 Raffle to benefit the Best 4th In The North and basket raffle to benefit Relay For Life of Crown Point.
At 10 p.m., The Heard will perform live at The Pub in downtown Ticonderoga, with donations to benefit the Best 4th In The North.
All events are open to the public and donations are appreciated to benefit the fireworks.
Committee chairperson Debbie Barber said there is a lot of support for this year’s events.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters who without their support this celebration would not be possible,” Barber stated. “I would also like to thank the Best 4th In The North Committee for their continued dedication to this time honored celebration. Their hard work and commitment is truly remarkable. We are a small group of volunteers, but certainly dedicated to not only the celebration but the community as a whole.”
The events are sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Ticonderoga, along with the following:
Freedom Sponsors: Alonzo Fireworks, Reale Construction, Amyland Amusement , Burnham Financial , Divine Sales, LLC, Eddie’s Restaurant , Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, The Pub, Geraw’s OK Septic
Liberty Sponsors: Brannock Properties, International Paper Company, Limited Light Karaoke, Ticonderoga Women’s Fire Auxiliary
Patriot Sponsors: Adirondack Camp, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, Champlain Valley Heating and Plumbing , Chuck Gijanto, Dedrick’s Tree Service, Gin’s Redemption Center, LaChute Road Runners, McDonalds of Ticonderoga/Hearburg Enterprises, RB Motors, Sentinel Grille, Supervisor Bill Grinnell, Ticonderoga Country Club, Ticonderoga Elks BPOE 1494, Wagon Wheel Restaurant
Sparkler Sponsors: Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Carney & Brietenbach, Circle Court Motel, In Search of Fly Water, John McDonald Sr., Optics of Ticonderoga, Rathbun Jewelers, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum
For additional information visit best4thinthenorth.com, like the Best 4th In The North on Facebook or contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ticonderogany.com.