Make it an Adirondack Fourth of July

HAMILTON COUNTY--Enjoy small-town, old-fashioned Fourth of July fun and patriotism this year, starting in the Town of Long Lake July 4.

Long Lake always holds its Fourth of July celebration on the actual day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, 237 years ago.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. with Games For All Ages at the town ball field. Classic favorites include a scavenger hunt for small children, balloon race, sack races, the venerable egg toss and three-legged race. Children enjoy collecting their winnings from the prize booth.

The Long Lake Bed Races start at 5 p.m. at the town beach. Teams of five people each find an old bed, decorate it, pay a $10 entry fee, hop on and race to the finish line. Prizes are awarded for Fastest Bed and Best in Show.

The fun continues at the town beach at 6 p.m. with music, food, face painting and fireworks at dark. The rain location is Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. For more information call (518) 624-3077.

Long Lake's hamlet of Raquette Lake will host The Spinney Brothers in concert starting at 7 p.m. July 4 in the school on Rt. 28. The Spinney Brothers' cornerstone is the sound of traditional, southern-flavored bluegrass music.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m. The event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. There will also be a pie raffle, and fireworks in the village green after the concert.


The Town of Inlet will hold its annual Ping Pong Ball Drop in Fern Park, 9 Loomis Rd., starting at 1 p.m. July 4. A seaplane drops ping-pong balls onto the ball field, which children up to age 12 rush to collect. Each child is allowed to collect three balls, which they will bring into the pavilion to trade for prizes. Prizes include snacks, novelty items, toys and gift certificates.

In the evening the "Sunsets by the Lake" Concert Series will feature Jamie Notarthomas from 7:30-10 p.m. at Arrowhead Park on Rt. 28 (rain site Fern Park Pavilion). Fireworks will follow the concert.


The Village of Speculator will celebrate Independence Day July 5-6, starting Friday with J&M Amusements at the ball field on Rt. 30 from 6-11 p.m., continuing Saturday from 1-11 p.m. There will be a dunk tank, games and food. Play all night with a wristband special of $12 each. The rain date is July 7.

The big parade down the main street to the ball field starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at the public beach.

Speculator's doings will be preceded by the 22nd Annual Sacandaga Lake Fourth of July Boat Parade Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m. (rain date July 6). All boats are welcome. Meet at the southwest corner of Sacandaga Lake (Aird's Bay) at 11 a.m. and bring flags. For more information call Frank at 548-8124.


A Kids' Fishing Derby Saturday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. starts the weekend fun in Indian Lake. It is held at Byron Park on Adirondack Lake, just off Rt. 28. Ages 15 and under fish free; adult supervision is required. Prizes will be awarded.

There will be a Casting Contest and free hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and juice. Loner poles will be available, instruction provided.

After the fishing derby head to the Shooting Range on Chain Lakes Rd. for a Kids' Shoot from 2-4 p.m. This introduction to target shooting and gun safety uses .22 caliber and BB guns.

The Indian Lake / Blue Mt. Lake Fish & Game Association sponsors both events.

Not into fishing or shooting? Indian Lake United Methodist Church on E. Main St. (Rt. 28/30) will hold a Bazaar, Bake Sale & Flea Market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

All that fishing, shooting and shopping should build an appetite. Fortunately the firemen will hold a Chicken Barbecue starting at 4 p.m. at the fire hall on E. Main St. (Rt. 28).

The Independence Day Celebration Parade down the main street to Byron Park starts at 7 p.m. The theme is "Summer Fun ... Adirondack Style." See the floats, classic cars and tractors and much more.

Byron Park festivities will include Stephen Gratto & The Gratto Boys stilt walking, a balloon sculptor, comedy juggling and a variety show. Fireworks over Lake Adirondack will begin at about 9:20 p.m. For more information call Vonnie Liddle at (518) 648-5828.