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. 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
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.
Click on each image to see all of the photos!
Click on each image to see all of the photos!
VIDEO BY SHAWN BAKER
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.
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
GALA FIREWORKS DISPLAY OVER SCHROON LAKE.
For more information, call The Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (518) 532-7675
Folks and civic groups around town are getting ready for the 'Dacks Best 4th of July Parade:, right here in Schroon! Parade floats are being designed and props being built as we speak. We will keep you posted on all that's happening, as we countdown.