A festive Fourth in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid
Saranac Lake and Lake Placid held Independence Day celebrations throughout the day on Friday with parades in both villages, followed by fireworks displays at dusk.
Tupper Lake’s celebration, traditionally held on July 3, was rescheduled for Sunday due to a rain storm on Thursday.
The Kiddie Parade in Saranac Lake started at 10 a.m. with dozens of kids and parents walking down Main Street. Some children had red, white and blue decorated bikes or toy motorized vehicles.
The group met up with others at Riverside Park where the Women’s Civic Chamber along with churches and other community organizations had booths and other fun activities along Lake Flower.
“There is a bouncy house for the kids and music all day,” said Kelly Morgan, a Women’s Civic Chamber member and Saranac Lake school board member. “It’s food, fun and games.”
At around 5 p.m. in Lake Placid, the Fourth of July parade went from the Olympic Center down to Saranac Avenue. Main Street was packed with hundreds of people in the street due to a busy week in Lake Placid with the I Love New York Horse Show and the I Love BBQ & Music Festival.
The parade was led by a military color guard, followed by veterans, and then later by Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, with Deputy Mayor Art Devlin and both men’s families, all in Devlin’s car together. The mayor wore a red, white and blue Uncle Sam hat. Town of North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi followed the village officials in an electric golf cart. Several dozen children with patriotic bikes were next. The Wildcat Marching Band from Gouverneur High School played music as they strode through town.
The Garden Club, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, the St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks, Can-Am Hockey, several local businesses and the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department also marched in the parade. As always, the fire trucks and ambulances brought up the rear, and village Trustee Jason Leon and two Lake Placid High School graduates rode atop the fire truck’s lift. Candy and beads were flung by people on the parade floats as they passed by. Brianna Collichio, 8, of Rochester performed the national anthem prior to the fireworks display.
Later in Lake Placid there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Paul White Memorial Band Shell, which was recently reconstructed at Mid’s Park and is complete. The Lake Placid Sinfonietta played a free concert in the park at 7 p.m.
In Tupper Lake on Sunday, the chamber of commerce will present the second annual bed races at the Municipal Park. Races will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks, which begin at dusk.