Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adirondack Independence Day Fireworks

fireworks_newThere 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. One activity that is a constant when celebrating July 4th is the evening fireworks display.

My family likes to keep things simple. We browse Farmers’ Markets and enjoy the fireworks from the lake.  Many towns around the Adirondacks have full day celebrations with face painting, live music and even barbeques. Some towns have live music preceding the firework display while others have parades to celebrate our heroes of war.

Saranac Lake invites all children to participate in its annual Kiddie Parade. This year’s theme is “Bees, Bugs, and Bubbles,” so any children meet for a 9:45 am line-up behind St. Bernard’s School. The day continues with the Mayor’s Cup paddle race, boat parade, food vendors, old-time games with a free concert leading to the fireworks over Lake Flower.

Ticonderoga’s “Best 4th in the North” starts today, July 1st and will culminate on July 5th. The schedule of events boasts live music, amusement/carnival rides with plenty of food and vendors each day.

Long Lake gestures in Independence Day with a kid’s morning scavenger hunt and other games at the town’s ball field then an afternoon of competition in the annual “bridge to beach” bed races with a BBQ, live music and dancing while waiting for the fireworks at dusk.

Inlet celebrates July 4th in a creative way. A seaplane flies over the Fern Park ball field dropping ping-pong balls for children 12 and under to collect. Children are allowed to trade up to three balls for prizes at the nearby pavilion. Later on Jamie Notarthomas will play at Arrowhead Lakefront until the grand finale of fireworks.

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. Enjoy!

Tupper Lake: July 3: fireworks at dusk (9:00 p.m) at the Municipal Park. All day enjoy Bed races, music and food.

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

Bolton Landing: July 4: fireworks at Roger’s Memorial Park at 7 p.m. All day festivities include, children activities, face painting, food vendors, games, live music

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

Lake Placid: July 4: fireworks at Mirror Lake Beach 9:45 pm along with I Love BBQ Music Festival all day long

Saranac Lake: July 4, 7:00 p.m. outdoor concert. Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.

Inlet: July 4: fireworks over Fourth Lake at dusk

Long Lake: July 4: fireworks 9:30 p.m. at Long Lake town Beach

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

Ticonderoga: July 4 fireworks at dusk (9:45 pm) at Bicentennial Park

Schroon Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk, All Day festivities: bounce-around activities, rock climbing wall, food tent, live music and annual parade

Piseco: July 4: fireworks from Sandy Cove, 9:30 p.m.

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

Indian Lake: July 5: fireworks at dusk 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Kids Fishing Derby that morning, BBQ and strawberry shortcake, evening parade

Westport: July 5: fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Look for Soundwaves with Taylor Haskins starting July 3 at Ballard Park.

Speculator: July 5: fireworks on the public beach at 9:30 p.m, All day carnival with amusement park rides,food trailer.

Chestertown: July 5:  fireworks at 9:30 p.m. All day festivities include games, booths, music, and BBQ

Minerva, July 5 fireworks at town beach at dusk

Town of Johnsburg: July 5, fireworks at the North Creek Ski Bowl at dusk

Photo of fireworks used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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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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