PLATTSBURGH — This year’s City of Plattsburgh Fourth of July celebration will feature a new parade route and a new partner in organizing the day’s events.
The parade route will start from the Jay Street and Lower Bridge Street area near the train station and wind its way up Bridge Street to City Hall Place.
The route will turn onto City Hall Place, extend north to Cumberland Avenue and end up at Wilcox Dock.
The change is necessary due to the major reconstruction of South Catherine Street, which now features one-way traffic, to the south only, while work is going on.
Mayor James Calnon said the city cannot have main intersections such as Broad and Margaret streets and Bridge and Durkee streets closed while South Catherine traffic is limited.
“It would be difficult to get into the city,” he said.
The old parade route started at Wilcox Dock and moved down to Cornelia Street and then onto Margaret Street, finishing behind Stafford Middle School.
“There will be no parade on Margaret Street this year, and we want people to know that as early as possible so they don’t get out early on parade day and stake out their spot on Margaret Street,” Calnon said.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Heroes of Clinton County... A Salute to Our Armed Forces.”
Since the Fourth of July holiday falls on a Friday, the first weekend of the month, the local group First Weekends Inc. is taking charge of the parade and the day’s events.
A parade review stand will be set up at City Hall, and judges will give out awards for best floats and parade participants.
“We are real excited about that and feel this will add a lot more to it, and hopefully people will give it a little more oomph and really get out there,” First Weekends President Tim McCormick said.