It shouldn't be difficult to find a place to celebrate our nation's birthday in the Adirondacks.
Small towns will have musical melodies, food vending, festive recreations and firework-decorated skies on Friday, July 4, all to commemorate the United States of America's 238th year of freedom.
Lake Placid is ready for its Fourth of July celebration, complete with a parade down Main Street at 5 p.m., a live emcee near the post office on Main Street, activities all afternoon in Mid’s Park courtesy of WSLP 93.3-FM and the “Set the Night to Music” fireworks extravaganza at 9:45 p.m. over Mirror Lake.
(Photo — Jessica Collier)
Lake Placid's patriotic pride on July 4 will bloom with help from the I Love New York Horse Show and the I Love BBQ & Music Festival preceding the Olympic Village's Independence Day celebrations.
Horse show action runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday at the North Elba Show Grounds on state Route 73.
The barbecue festival takes place at the Olympic Speedskating Oval through Sunday and will feature a variety of music, a performing BMX stunt team, samples from cooking competitions which yield $8,500 in prize money, a mechanical bull and plenty of other activities.
While the stomachs of BBQ Festival attendees settle, the Fourth of July parade winds through the streets at 5 p.m. This year's parade will feature a new live performance of the national anthem in front of the post office by 8-year-old Brianna Collichio of Rochester. Her anthem will also be featured at the opening of the fireworks show later in the evening.
As part of Lake Placid's Fourth of July activities, organizers are recruiting kids of all ages to participate in the parade down Main Street on decorated bicycles for the Kids on Bikes entry. Jerry Strack, owner of Central Garage, said children should show up at the lineup by 4:30 p.m. on Cummins Road in front of the Olympic Center with their bicycles decorated with a red-white-and-blue patriotic theme. Bicycles, tricycles, scooters and wagons - anything on wheels - are welcome. Prizes of $10 will go to the top two entries that are decorated the best, and the rest of the children will receive $5 each for participating. Last year, 63 kids on bikes participated in the Fourth of July parade.
"I do it just to keep people interested in the Fourth of July activities," said Strack, who is assisted by Jim Morganson, code enforcement officer for the village and town of North Elba.
After the parade around 6 p.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Paul White Memorial Band Shell, which was recently reconstructed at Mid's Park on Main Street. The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will offer a free concert in the park at 7 p.m.
The mixture of music and fireworks, titled "Set the Night to Music," begins at 9:45 p.m. over Mirror Lake. Colorful explosions boom in sync with a musical montage made for a diverse audience, broadcast live over WSLP 93.3 FM radio.
In the hamlet of Jay, a parade starts at noon Friday, followed by food, games, a greased pole competition and music by local band Lucid at the firehouse grounds. Fireworks will be launched at dusk.
The village of Saranac Lake's Independence Day begins at 10 a.m. Friday with more than 100 costumed children on Main Street in the annual kids' parade. The parade finishes at the Riverside Park, where the day's festivities are scheduled to continue at 11 a.m. There will be food, activities and musical accompaniment from a rotation of artists at the park until dusk.
At nightfall, boats will be scattered on Lake Flower and crowds will roost along the shoreline, anticipating the fireworks display.
"It's really cool to see so many boats out there on the water," said Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katy Van Anden.