Hannah Barry and Jaylyn Strack hold the flag on a Lake Placid Fourth of July parade float.
The celebration of the nation’s birth in the North Country will open with parades and festivities Thursday, July 4, and continue into the weekend.
The annual Essex Independence Day celebrations will begin at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, July 4, with the annual Adult Fun Run sponsored by Live Well, starting at the corner of Blockhouse and Essex Roads. At 9:15 a.m., a Kids Fun Run will start at the Essex Ice Cream Shop.
The morning will also feature a morning Patriotic Hymn Sing at St. John’s Episcopal Church and Penelope the Clown (near the Ice Cream Shop) at 10 a.m.
Lineup for the annual parade will start at 10 a.m., with the parade stepping off at 11 a.m. and feature the Plattsburgh Bagpipe and Drummers, Shriner Clowns, home-made floats and Fire Departments making their way down the Essex Main Street. For information about float entries call 963-7072 or 963-4060 (leave a message if necessary). All entries are welcome.
At noon, games and boat races will take place at Beggs Point, where food will be sold by the Essex Volunteer Fire Department. A Spelling Bee for all ages will take place at the Essex Town Hall at 3 p.m., followed by a Organ concert by Carol Williams at the Community Church at 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks in Essex will take place Friday, July 5, at dusk and can be best seen from Beggs Point Park.
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 starts 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 6, with the parade starting at 5 p.m. from the Essex County Fairgrounds and ending at the intersection of Main Street and Stevenson Road. The parade will feature walking groups, floats, clowns, antique cars, local fire departments, emergency squads, bands, school buses, trucks, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H groups.
Prior to the parade, there will be an agility dog demonstration show on the Library Lawn, where the parade review stand will be.
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.