Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Over 25 Adirondack Independence Day (July 4) Celebrations and Fireworks 2016

Where are you going to watch July 4th fireworks? 

There are over 25 different locations around the Adirondacks and beyond pulling out all the stops to help celebrate Independence Day. (The Fourth of July) in the United States isn't just about the family barbecues as families gather to celebrate the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.  

The festive day can also be gestured in with the sound of a baseball game or the  ring of horseshoes or corn hole as well as parades, games and way too much food. 

 The Adirondack Park is no different than all the other parts of the country. 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. One activity that is a constant when celebrating July 4th is the evening fireworks display.
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 show their pride in the ol' "red, white, and blue."

Ticonderoga Best 4th
in the North
Schedule Part 1
Saranac Lake invites all children to participate in its annual Kiddie Parade. Children can dress up and meet for a 9:45 am line-up 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 long with a 5 pm parade, live music with Le Groove and fireworks at dusk.
Ticonderoga Best 4th
in the North
Schedule Part 2
Ticonderoga’sBest 4th in the North” starts July 1st and culminates on July 4 with packed schedule of events from amusement/carnival rides to live music. Great Escape hosts fireworks each night, July 2-4 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 teams at the Long Lake Town Bridge for a 2 pm start of the annual “bridge to beach” bed races with a BBQ, live music and dancing while waiting for the fireworks at dusk.

Inlet will celebrate its 39th 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 and special "July 4th" weekend events 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!

July 1
Piseco: July 1 fireworks from Sandy Cove, 9:30 pm

 July 2
Minerva: July 2, fireworks from The Point at dusk  Minerva Day 
North CreekJuly 2: music and food followed by fireworks at the Ski Bowl
Northville: July 2: Northville Doins' noon - 9 pm rides, vendors, music and food at Waterfront Park, 1 pm July 4th parade, Fireworks Northville's Waterfront Park at 9 pm 
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Speculator: July 2: All day carnival with amusement park rides,food trailer, fireworks on the public beach at 9:30 pm
Westport: July 2: parade at 5 pm (meet at the Essex County Fairgrounds, Fireman’s Annual Pig Roast at Ballard Park and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in Lee Park on the lake. 


July 3
Essex/Willsboro: July 3 9:30 pm fireworks from Bluff Point
Glens Falls: July 3: 7:30 pm Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra at Crandall Park, Fireworks at dusk
Hague: July 3:  6 pm Calamity Rock Concert, fireworks at 9 pm
Northville: July 3: fireworks Over Great Sacandaga (near Sport Island Pub and Restaurant)
Tupper Lake: July 3: fireworks at dusk (9 pm) at the Municipal Park. Community-wide garage sale July 3-5. 

July 4
Bolton Landing: July 4: all day festivities include, children activities, face painting, food vendors, games, live music, fireworks at Roger's Memorial Park at 7 p.m. 
Essex: July 4: 8 am Firecracker Fun Run, 11 am parade to Beggs Park for games, food, entertainment
Indian Lake: July 4: fireworks at dusk 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.,  8 am Kids Fishing Derby at Byron Park
Inlet: July 4: 1 pm Pingpong ball drop, 7:30 live music at Arrowhead Park, fireworks over Fourth Lake at dusk
Lake George: July 4: 9:30 pm fireworks at Shepard's Park
Lake Placid: July 4:  I Love BBQ Music Festival all day, 1 pm Independence parade, 7-9 pm Le Groove (local band) free concert at Mid's Park, fireworks at Mirror Lake Beach 9:45 pm 
Long Lake: July 4: 10 am July 4th Games, 2 pm Long Lake Bed Races, 6 pm The Bad Chaperone' perform at Town Beach, fireworks 9:30 p.m. at Long Lake town Beach
NorthvilleJuly 4: fireworks Over Great Sacandaga (near Lanzi's On the Lake)
Old Forge: July 4: 9 am - 6 pm Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts at Adirondack Bank parking lot, free band concert at 7 pm, lakefront fireworks at dusk over Old Forge Pond.  
Plattsburgh: July 4: 11 am relay, 1 pm parade, live music all day, 9 pm fireworks
 Raquette Lake: July 4: BBQ and live music at the Village Green, fireworks at dusk (9:30 p.m)
 Saranac Lake: July 4, 10 am Kiddie Parade to Riverside Park, 7 pm outdoor concert. Fireworks: 9:30 pm over Lake Flower
Schroon Lake: July 4: All Day festivities: bounce-around activities, rock climbing wall, food tent, live music and annual parade, fireworks at dusk 

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

 © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.

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