Schroon’s 2018 July 4th Replay



July 4th, 2018, will go down in the Schroon history books as one of the hottest ever. Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Palisano gives us a review of the Big Day.

"2018 marked the 64th year Schroon Lake has marked the Fourth of July with a gala celebration!  The day featured family-friendly activities from morning until dusk. There was live music at the Dock Street stage featuring a lineup of local favorites TnT Band, Dogtown Cadillac, Mark Piper and the Gregson Brothers Band.

There was face painting, airbrush tattoos, bounce houses and an obstacle course; great food at the Community Church annual chicken barbecue and the Lions Club tent.

And the list goes on: a mini-concert at the Fountain; a basket raffle at the Chamber of Commerce; the Adirondack Artists & Crafters Expo and music on the Community Church porch.

The parade kicked off at 6pm with over 60 units who – along with the huge crowds lining Main Street – were happy to brave the 90+ degree temperatures to take part in “the Best Fourth in the North!” The bands played, the fire companies showed off their equipment, the candy flew, the clowns clowned, the marchers and riders performed and waved, and the crowd clapped and cheered. As has become the tradition, everyone agreed that this year’s parade “was the best one yet” – until next year, when we all know it will be even better!

The parade was followed by the traditional patriotic music Concert at dusk, presented by the Word of Life Collegians and Seagle Music Colony, and of course, the fireworks display at dark over the lake.

Schroon Lake’s Fourth of July celebration is about the community, for the community, and by the community – and it would never happen without so many from our community providing their support in so many ways. I would like to thank the hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations who contributed financially, donated merchandise, and volunteered time to make the day a success. We couldn’t do it without you!"

July 4th in Schroon 2018: It's Huge!

Honoring our Veterans

Honoring our Veterans

July 4th in Schroon. It’s not just the parade, but an all day extravaganza!

The main event, which attracts thousands — and gives dentists new clients from all of the free candy thrown throughout the parade — starts at 6pm.

But the day begins much earlier with a fun run  (9am) and the world famous Annual Chicken BBQ,  until sold out, proudly sponsored by the Schroon Lake Community Church.

“It’s going to one of our best years ever,” Nicole Howe, from the Schroon Lake Chamber told us today.

“For the first time we have the Schroon Lake Jazz band and the 5th and 6th grade soccer team.”

The fireworks are sceduled to start between 9.30 and 10pm.

Here is the official program from the Chmber:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4: 64th Annual 4th of July Celebration  

  • Patriotic Path 5k Adult Run & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.  Registration at 8:00 a.m., run at 9:00 a.m. Schroon Lake Central School.
  • Adirondack Basket Raffle. 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
  • Adirondack Artists & Crafters. 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Schroon Lake Town Hall.
  • Live music at the Town Beach. 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • 38th Annual Chicken BBQ. 11:00 a.m. until sold out. Schroon Lake Community Church.
  • "Bounce Around" bounce house for kids. 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. at the Town Park.
  • "Art Bucket" face painting. 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Town Park.  
  • Lions Club Food Tent. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Town Park.
  • Scotia/Glenville Pipe Band Mini Concert. 5:00 p.m. Town Park by the water fountain.
  • 64th Annual Parade. 6:00 p.m. Starts at Hoffman Rd, up Main Street, to Fowler Ave.
  • Patriotic Music Concert by Word of Life Collegians & Seagle Music Colony at dusk, Town Beach.
  • 4th of July Celebration culminates with the Gala Fireworks Display at the Town Beach

July 4 2017

Food, Fun and Fireworks: Schroon’s July 4th Celebration this Tuesday is an all day event, with something for everybody.

Thousands are expected to pack the Town Beach, Park and Parade route, which captures the best of small town USA.

The Schroon Lake Chamber’s Tammy Whitty-Brown and Donna Rice Mellan (pictured above) have done an awesome job organizing Tuesday’s Big Show. So what are you most looking forward to? Let us know in comments. Check out the full line up of events in our 2017 Summer Fun in the Adirondacks section.



July 4, 2015: Wet, Wild & Wonderful


Another glorious 4th of July parade and great day is in the books -- but the town's spectacular Fireworks got hit hard by Mother Nature. After the parade, the clouds came in. Soon light rains become heavier, and that’s when the mass exodus from the park atop the beach began.

Some folks packed up and left, others sought shelter under Main Street awnings, and some die hards stuck it out under tents and sheets of plastic on the hill. On the water, boaters retreated.

Then came thunder and lightening. All the while thousands wondered: “Would the fireworks show go on?”

At about 8.15ish, Schroon Laker got confirmation that yes indeed they would be a GO --  Chamber Director Tammy Whitty Brown was told by Town Supervisor Mike Marnell, (the Town controls the fireworks) the barge was fully loaded and ready to go. The show would start once there was a break in the weather.

And so it did. Shawn Baker, who stuck it out,  captured all of the action in the video. More people may see this than were actually there last night. Shawn says there was perhaps between 500 and 1,000 who saw the show.

From Shawn: “The hill itself didn't have that many people on it, but there was a decent crowd all along the top of the hill from the playground around to the boathouse theater. Similar numbers to what we've had when we do fireworks during Labor Day weekend or when we had them during First Night a few years back. And it was still a great show!”

There’s a lively discussion on the Schroon Lake public Facebook page, with many folks saying the Town should have had a rain date for the show. 

But as Schroon Laker learned last night, the deal the Town has with the fireworks company it uses it’s a one and done deal: With no rain date, it’s ‘a use it or lose it situation.’

We have placed calls to Mike Marnell for comment and we’ll update the story. Meanwhile, watch out for our annual 4th of July slide show, coming soon.

July 4th in Schroon: Your Guide To The Big Day

   Did someone say Funky Karnaval Crew?


Did someone say Funky Karnaval Crew?

Here’s the Full Program for the Big Day, Saturday, July 4th, 2015:


Sign up for the 5K & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Schroon Lake  Central School’s  Class of 2017.


Adirondack Basket Raffle-Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. Winners announced at 8pm 

10 am – ‘til sold out

Lions Hot Dog Stand at the beach at the Town Park

11am-till sold out

The 36th Annual Chicken BBQ at Community Church, Main Street. More details are here.


Bounce Around- fun activities for children at the Town Park Beach, Art Bucket- Airbrush tattoos, face painting and hair braiding, Climb and Dangle-rock climbing wall.


Schroon Lion's Club Food tent @ Town Park Beach area


Schroon’s own Mark Piper rippin’ the riffs on guitar at the Town Park Beach area


Guitar Duo Hot Pursuit @ at Town Park Beach area


Get ready to rock: The Gregson Brothers Band @ the Town Park Beach area


Music on the Porch with Sue Calkin   on steps of The Community Church, Main Street


The Scotia/Glenville Pipe Band performs a mini concert @ The Fountain on Main and Dock Streets


The PARADE BEGINS: Starting at the corner of Hoffman Road and Route 9, to Fowler and onto Leland to Town Beach area


Drawing of Adirondack Basket Raffle winners @ Chamber office. Winners don't need to be present to win


Patriotic Music Concert with the Word of Life Collegians & Seagle Music Colony @ The Town Park Beach Area



For more information, call The Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (518) 532-7675




What An Amazing 2014 July 4th!

The Funky Karnaval Crew. Can you beat them?

The Funky Karnaval Crew. Can you beat them?

July 4th, 2014, will go down as one of the best. From the parade, the eye-popping floats, to the amazing range of all day activities -- for kids and adults --  good eats all over town, and drum-roll, please: the Fireworks Show.

And did we mention the weather: perfect conditions, with the threat of rain teasing us most of the day, but never delivering.

There were multiple highlights. This year seemed liked there were more activities than ever for kids in the Town Park. Mom and dads had their smart phones clicking as their kids scrambled up the rock wall and rung the bell.

The $10 all day bounce house pass seemed to be the deal of the day.

And the music delivered on the Lakeside stage was sensational, with Mark Piper, Hot Pursuit and the Gregson Brothers entertaining the crowd during the day.

Meanwhile, on Main Street, Larry and Liz McNamara’s front stoop at the Strand became mini rock concert venue, which was on tap to deliver more performances over the weekend.

Bob "Tito" Landy and his wife, Leslie Cohen, from Sharon, Massachusetts.

Bob "Tito" Landy and his wife, Leslie Cohen, from Sharon, Massachusetts.

“This is one great day, what a fantastic place Schroon is,” visitor Leslie Cohen told Schroon Laker.

“The more I see, the more I like it.”

Leslie and her husband Bob started the day hiking Mount Severance and ended it with a paddle down The Schroon River, putting at Route 74.

Their lunch consisted of Hot Dogs from the Lions Club Shack atop the beach, who were set to serve 1,300 Oscar Myer dogs. On the food front, the Community Church served up more than 300 chicken dinners!

This year folks had claimed their spots along the parade route early.

There were so many terrific floats this year, with crowd pleasing new additions of performers added to old favorites.

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

On the new faces front, the Brooklyn based Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino band. wowed with their rendition of Ritchie Valens, La Bamba as they marched by us, had the crowd dancing. Seeing the returning Blues Brothers Band and the Funky Karnaval crew banging each other’s heads, always makes us happy!

Brooklyn based Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino Band

Brooklyn based Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino Band

And it was one happy fire crew from Ticonderoga, blasting out the hits from large speakers on the rigs, and lip syncing and dancing the afternoon away.

The Seagle Music Colony's Michael Hewitt, who stars in Camelot as Lancelot, aka "Lance"

The Seagle Music Colony's Michael Hewitt, who stars in Camelot as Lancelot, aka "Lance"

As the Seagle Music Colony float went by our crew, Wendy Ryan noticed the actor Michael Hewitt, who plays Lancelot in the Seagle’s Production if Camelot. “Lance, Lance Lance,” we all started shouting.  Michael soon caught on we were shouting at HIM, and he jumped in the air, as he shared what had happened with his fellow thespians.

As always, kids walked away with huge handfuls of candy, a lot of it from the Citizen of the Year, Joel Friedman, standing tall in Joe Steiniger’s Red Jeep.

As dusk fell, the Patriotic Music Concert by the Word Of Life Collegians and the Seagle Music Colony actors and singer wowed with a stirring performance, before the first firework lit the night sky. What a show!!!

What was your favorite part of the day? Tell us in comments!