Thursday, June 28, 2018

5 Days of Fun: Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North

Volunteers are the heart of most Adirondack events, and Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North is no exception. The week-long celebration makes Ticonderoga more than just a stop on the Independence Day Circuit.

For over 65 years, Ticonderoga has been adding events and activities to celebrate Independence Day. This year’s theme is Superheroes and Villains, and the festival kicks off Saturday, June 30, with an evening block party at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour parking lot.

The event was originally organized by the volunteer fire department, but now has a separate volunteer committee ensuring that residents and visitors have the best Adirondack July 4th experience.  This five-day festival will once again include carnival rides, vendors, a farmers’ market, and food throughout Bicentennial Park.

There is a cost associated with some of the activities such as the carnival rides, food, and the Montcalm Mile foot race. Other events are free, such as each day’s musical artist. Two events are a nod to the event’s firefighter roots: a softball tournament and Firefighter Games.

Nearby Fort Ticonderoga is offering an extended Independence Day schedule from June 30-July 6 with guided tours, reenactments, boat rides, Fife and Drum marches, garden visits, and Mt Defiance historical summit tour. On July 5 there is an 90-minute evening tour and musket demonstrations. All other museum exhibits will be open as well. Keep that ticket, it’s good for a second consecutive entry.

The Best Fourth of the North takes place June 30-July 4, 2018 and culminates in a grand firework display by Santore Fireworks on July 4th at dusk.

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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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