Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Adirondack Independence Day Celebrations

fireworks_newThe Adirondacks can host some unique events and festivities and being a part of all or some of them can make for a great Independence Day.

Long Lake hosts a full July 4th of activities from face painting to live music, but it’s the bed races that will make a lasting impression. Four pushers and one rider in the bed will attempt to cross the finish line first. Yes, spectators are encouraged. Children will enjoy the field games at the Long Lake Ball Field starting at 10 am with egg toss, three-legged races, sack races and other classic games with prizes for everyone.

Ticonderoga holds to its moniker of the “Best 4th in the North” with a four-day celebration of food, vendors and carnival rides. Starting on July 1st, the music is free to enjoy but there is a $20 bracelet fee, which covers unlimited carnival rides. On July 4th, Ticonderoga has their own bed races, a parade, and live music. Carnival bracelets are only available from July 1-3, tickets will be needed to access the carnival rides on the 4th.

A seaplane will be dropping Ping-Pong balls over Inlet’s Fern Park at 1 pm on July 4th as kids 12 and under rush the field. Each child can collect up to three balls to bring to the pavilion to trade for prizes.

Saranac Lake offers children a themed parade of their own. Starting at 10 am, “Saranac Safari” children march through the streets ending at Riverside Park for an old-fashioned picnic with games, food, and live music. It is also the continuation of the Arts and Heritage Festival.

There is certainly a lot to do in the Adirondacks around Independence Day and a lot of choices to make on how you will spend your time. Wherever you are, give yourself plenty of time to choose the perfect spot to view the fireworks. Below is a list of firework shows around the Adirondacks. Some are before, during and after the 4th so you can keep celebrating long after the actual holiday. Have a safe and happy Independence Day.

Thurman: July 1: Monday Night Concert and Fireworks, 7 pm

Tupper Lake: July 3: fireworks at dusk (9:00 p.m) at the Municipal Park

Hague: July 3: fireworks at 9 p.m.

Westport: July 6: fireworks at Lee Beach 9:30 p.m.

Lake George: July 4: fireworks at Shepard Park at 9:30 p.m.

Lake Placid: July 4: fireworks over Mirror Lake at 9:30 pm

Saranac Lake: 7:00 p.m. outdoor concert. Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.

Inlet: July 4: fireworks over Fourth Lake at dusk with live music at 7:30 pm

Long Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk.

Indian Lake: July 6: fireworks at dusk

Old Forge: July 4: fireworks at dusk with free band concert at 7:00 p.m.

Speculator: July 6: fireworks on the public beach at dark

Raquette Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk (9:30 p.m)

Ticonderoga: July 4: fireworks at dusk Bicentennial Park

Bolton Landing: July 4: fireworks at Roger’s Memorial Park at 7 p.m.

Schroon Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk

Chestertown: July 6 fireworks at dusk.

North Creek, July 6 at Ski Bowl Park dusk.

Photo used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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