The parade on Main Street begins at 11 a.m., followed by games and boat races at Beggs Park at noon. Food provided by the Essex Volunteer Fire Department. At 3 p.m., join in for an old-fashioned spelling bee at the Essex Town Hall.
At 7:30 p.m., Carol Williams performs at Essex Community Church, adults $10, students free, with reception to follow. (Fireworks will be held Friday from Beggs Point, beginning at dusk.)
Fourth of July Festivities. Parade along Main Street, with line-up at 4:30 p.m. on Cummins Road in front of the Olympic Center. Parade turns left and continues down Main Street, ending at the High Peaks Resort. Master of ceremonies in front of Select Sotheby’s International Realty and at Mid’s Park, both on Main Street.
Activities all afternoon in Mid’s Park. Then Lake Placid Sinfonietta concert at Paul White Memorial Shell on Main Street, Mid’s Park, “Mountains to Oceans,” 7 p.m., free. Rain site: St. Agnes Church on Saranac Avenue.
Fireworks, “Set the Night to Music,” over Mirror Lake, 9:30 p.m.
Lake Placid I Love BBQ Festival: Eighth-annual barbecue festival begins at noon, with food, barbecue contests, BMX bike demos, activities and music at the Speed-Skating Oval. Admission $6, with children under 10 free. (Continues through July 6, with Grand Champion barbecue winner announced at 4 p.m. that day. Winner takes home $8,500 prize.)
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Magic Train. Boxcar Benny & Sons bring their magic show on board the railroad cars. Leaves from Lake Placid railroad station at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $19 for adults and $11 for ages 2 to 12 round-trip to Saranac Lake; or one way, $10 all ages.
Annual Fourth of July celebration. 2 p.m., parade, with Police Pipes and Drums of Plattsburgh, fire trucks, classic cars, community organizations, floats and more. The route is from Wilcox Dock down Cumberland Avenue to Cornelia Street up to Margaret Street and then down to Broad Street. (Wilcox Dock will be closed from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.)