Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Adirondack Independence Day Celebrations

IMG_7687An Adirondack Independence Day celebration is really no different than other parts of the country. There are parades, live music, carnival rides and fireworks. The one unique twist is we can choose to view fireworks from the shoreline of a favorite lake or the top of a mountain overlooking the village. 

Many towns around the Adirondacks have full day celebrations with face painting, live music and plenty of food. Some towns have live music preceding the firework display while others have parades to show their pride in the ole’ red, white, and blue.

Saranac Lake invites children to participate in its annual Kiddie Parade. Children can dress up for this year’s theme of “Circus” and meet for a 9:45 am lineup behind St. Bernard’s School. The Kiddie Parade ends at Riverside Park, right next to the Farmers’ Market. The evening includes fireworks over Lake Flower at dusk . Lake Placid hosts its “I Love BBQ and Music Festival at the Olympic Oval all day than transitions to a 5 pm village parade, live music with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and fireworks at dusk.

Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North starts July 1st and culminates on July 4 with a packed schedule of events from amusement/carnival rides to live music. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake will open its new Wild Walk to the public on July 4 while Long Lake brings in Independence Day with classic competitive games for kids, such as egg toss and a three-legged race at the Long Lake ball field. The competition moves to the Long Lake Town Bridge for a 2 pm start for the annual “bridge to beach” bed races.

Inlet will celebrate its 38th annual pingpong ball drop on July 4. 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 starting at 7:30 pm 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.
Hague: July 3: fireworks at 9 p.m.
Westport: July 4: fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Lake George: July 4: fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Lake Placid: July 4: fireworks at Mirror Lake Beach 9:45 pm
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
Indian Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.,  8 am
Old Forge: July 4: fireworks at dusk with free band concert at 7:00 p.m.
North Creek: July 4: fireworks at the Ski Bowl
Speculator: July 4: fireworks on the public beach at 9:30 p.m,
Raquette Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk (9:30 p.m)
Ticonderoga: July 4 fireworks at dusk (9:45 pm) at Bicentennial Park
Schroon LakeJuly 4: fireworks at dusk,
Bolton Landing: July 4: fireworks at Roger’s Memorial Park at 7 p.m.
PisecoJuly 4 fireworks from Sandy Cove, 9:30 p.m.
July 5, fireworks from The Point at dusk  Minerva Day 

Photo used with the permission 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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