There will be parades, games, dances, food and fireworks as local communities celebrate Independence Day this coming week.
Tupper Lake will host its annual Fourth of July celebration at Municipal Park on Tuesday, July 3 with the annual fireworks display between 9 and 9:30 p.m. This celebration is sponsored by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the town and village of Tupper Lake.
A fireworks extravaganza will begin at dusk on Tuesday, July 3, off Mason’s Point.
On July 4, the day begins with the annual Firecracker Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. (children’s fun run at 9:15 a.m.) at the former Smith House physical therapy building (across from the Catholic Church, registration fee is $5).
A patriotic hymn sing will take place at St. John’s Church at 10 a.m. The annual old-fashioned parade will step off southbound onto State Route 22 at 11 a.m. from the Block House Road (Catholic Church). The grand marshall for the parade will be Willsboro native and “Survivor” winner Sophie Clarke. Following the parade, there will be the family-oriented Durant games, which will begin on Begg’s Point along with the fireman’s gourmet food booth. At 2 p.m., the raft race will take place off of Begg’s Point, which the third annual spelling bee will take place at 3 p.m. in the town hall. For more information, call 963-4060.
The Jay Fourth of July parade will step off at noon on July 4 along Route 9N, with the review stand set up in front of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department. Following the parade, there will be food, games, rides and more at the firehouse. Fireworks will be held at dusk.
The annual Independence Day celebration, parade and fireworks will start with parade lineup at 4:30 p.m. on Cummins Road on Wednesday, July 4. The parade steps off at 5 p.m. and turns left onto Main Street and ends at High Peaks Resort, with review booths at Select Sotheby's International Realty and at Mid’s Park on Main Street. There will be activities all afternoon in Mid’s Park, and the “Set the Nigh to Music” fireworks show will commence at 9:45 p.m. with musical accompaniment provided by WSLP-FM (93.3).
Sponsored by the Women's Civic Chamber, the Independence Day celebration begins July 4, with the annual Kiddie Parade at 10 a.m., followed by an old fashioned picnic in Riverside Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with music, old-time games, fun and food sponsored by local civic groups.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host a free outdoor concert in Riverside Park with Roy Hurd and Frank Orsini starting at 7 p.m., and a fireworks display will follow.
For those wanting the celebration to last into the weekend, the Westport Fourth events will be held on Saturday, July 7, with the parade starting at 5 p.m. from the Essex County Fairgrounds and ending at the intersection of Main Street and Stevenson Road. Following the parade at 6 p.m., there will be a pig roast hosted by the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, a magic show and ice cream social in Ballard Park and activities and games on the Library Lawn. At 7 p.m., Gary Phinney will be the caller for a street square dance on Merrihew Lane next to the library, followed by fireworks at dusk.