Several Adirondack-area towns have announced an array of family-friendly festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July, ranging from craft fairs to concerts, kids’ games, guided history hikes, and much more. Please see a roundup of a few of these events below.
Celebrate July 4th with Great Camp Sagamore:
Historic tours of a turn of the century Adirondack Great Camp
Bowling in the open air bowling alley
Guided history hikes to the old Farm Meadow
Guided Paddles on peaceful Sagamore Lake
Stream Investigations and Guided Bird Walks
Lawn games including croquet, bocce and cornhole
Nature-based games and activities for the whole family
Monday night concert featuring local Blues legend Midnite Mike Grimaldi (http://www.midnitemike.com)
On Tuesday, enjoy a 4th of July barbecue with all the fixings then head out to Raquette Lake for their annual community fireworks display.
3 nights accommodation in the camp’s Historic Lodging plus all meals during your stay served buffet-style in the Lakeside Dining Hall.
Call (315) 354-5311, extension 125 for more details.
Independence Day plans in the Town of Inlet:
On Tuesday, July 4th, the Inlet Youth Commission invites everyone to play family-friendly games at Fern Park starting at 11 a.m. There will be a scavenger hunt, spoon races, a water balloon toss, sack races, and more (with prizes.) Treats will also be provided. Fern Park is also a great place to bring a blanket and pack a lunch.
Then at 1 p.m., Inlet’s American Legion Post #1402 will be holding a Flag Retirement Ceremony at Fern Park. This ceremony will be educational and is open to all. They will explain the meaning of the American flag and show how to destroy them properly and respectfully after they have become faded and worn. Banks Farm will be set up at the Inlet Common School from 2 to 6 p.m., offering grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, free range eggs, local dairy, bagels, mushrooms, raw honey, and more.
At 7:30 p.m., enjoy the music of Jamie Notarthomas on the lakefront at Arrowhead Park. Born in Syracuse, NY into a large family of talented musicians and artists, Jamie began his music career in 1986 and quickly gained national recognition for his high-energy live shows and passionate performances. A gifted songwriter, Jamie combines thoughtful, provocative and sometimes humorous lyrics with a soulful, broad vocal range to reach the minds and hearts of his audience. Jamie has shared the stage with many greats including Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Melissa Ethridge, David Burne, Rosanne Cash, and Tori Amos. He has performed with the likes of Allen Toussaint, Rick Danko, Keller Williams, Hot Tuna, Patti Smith & Pete Seeger. He has also written and recorded with a number of notable musicians such as Trey Anastasio (Phish), John Popper (Blues Traveler), 10,000 Maniacs and David Bearwald of Sheryl Crow’s Tuesday Night Supper Club.
At dusk, Inlet will set off a display of fireworks by American Fireworks Display that can be seen from the eastern shores of Fourth Lake.
For more information (and for a list of this summer’s concerts and schedule of events) go to www.InletNY.com or call the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501.
Good Ole 4th of July celebration at Owls Head Mountain View Community Center:
The Owls Head Mountain View Community Center will host a July 4th celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families, friends, and visitors are encouraged to gather for a day of fun and festivities focused on community lifestyles and Independence Day traditions. The family-friendly event will feature food, music, games for kids, a history exhibit demonstration, a lucky numbers drawing, and more.
Big-ticket raffle tickets will also be on sale, and a firing squad from the American Legion Post #219 will dedicate a flagpole donated by American Heroes Flagpoles during a ceremony that is slated to begin at noon.
The Owls Head Mountain View Community Center is located at 1977 County Route 27 in Owls Head (former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.)
For additional details, please visit: www.ohmvcommunityconnection.org
Long Lake/Raquette Lake:
10 a.m.: The Annual 4th of July Games will begin on the Town Ball Field (sponsored by the Town of Long Lake.) There will be games for all ages, including classic favorites such as a scavenger hunt suitable for young children, a balloon race, sack races, the venerable egg toss, and three-legged race. Children will have the opportunity to collect their winnings from an exclusive prize booth.
1 to 5 p.m. (or until sold out): The Long Lake Lions Club will be on the Long Lake Town Beach on Tuesday, July 4th selling traditional strawberry shortcake starting at 1 p.m. until they run out, so come down early.
4 p.m.: Long Lake Town Beach, 1258 Main Street. – The annual 4th of July celebration will begin at the Town Beach (sponsored by the Town of Long Lake.) Live music will be performed at the Town Beach alongside a cook-out of sausage & peppers, hot dogs, and burgers served up by the Long Lake Fire Department. Penelope the Clown will be at the gazebo for face painting and balloon animals.
The Willie Playmore Band will be entertaining the crowd with their musical talents. At dark, a fireworks display can be seen from the beach, boat, or Mt. Sabattis.
For more information, call (518) 624-3077 or visit www.mylonglake.com . In the event of rain, all are welcome to gather at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion.
Fireworks in Raquette Lake: At dusk, enjoy fireworks from the barge. The fireworks display is best seen from the Village Green (or even a boat or your dock.) Please note: All times and days subject to change without notice.
Live music and fireworks planned for Old Forge on July 4:
Tuesday, July 4: Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adirondack Bank parking lot. Held annually at 108 Codling Street, across from the Old Forge Public Beach, the Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts hosts skilled vendors and features an assortment of food, drinks, and hand-crafted items. Admission is $3 or $10 per family. All proceeds benefit View, the arts center in Old Forge. Free parking is available nearby. The Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts is sponsored by Adirondack Bank.
Fourth of July Celebration – Old Forge’s Fourth of July Celebration will include live music by the Floyd Community Band at the Old Forge Lakefront beginning at 7 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Please call (315) 369-6983 for additional information.
Photo at top: Kids take part in games during a previous July 4 celebration in Long Lake. Long Lake Facebook page photo.