By LOIS CLERMONT and AMY HEGGEN Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Fireworks, parades and other celebrations are planned today around the North Country to mark Independence Day.
When the Press-Republican asked people — in Facebook and in interviews — to reflect on what they love about America, Lisa Pelican summed it up in one word: “Freedom.”
Gaylon Lecuyer, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309 in Peru, named specific parts of the U.S. Constitution: “Freedom of speech, that’s the best part. And I really like the Second Amendment because I’m an avid hunter and a sportsman, and I feel it’s our right to bear arms.”
Freanna Trombley said she cherishes “the love and care of our nation, government, family and friends,” adding, “Loving America is the most important thing in the world.”
Patty Ashline Paola it is easy to respect America because “our country allows us to move freely between its states and gives us privileges many other countries do not.”
Then she addressed recent national privacy concerns.
“I realize many people think Big Brother has intervened in our daily lives too much,” she wrote. “However, think back to 9/11. If you are minding your own business and abiding our laws, so what if your phone is being tapped? The government isn’t interested in idle conversations, hints of terrorism, yes.”
Amanda Trow-Racine described the United States as “a patriotic nation flying our beautiful flag” and said, “I love how this country comes together in a crisis.”
Today, community-sponsored celebrations are being held around the area. Here’s a look at where to find the fun:
Fourth of July Celebration. Adult Fun Run, starts at 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Blockhouse and Essex Road, with a Kid’s Fun Run beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Race events are followed by a Patriotic Hymn Sing at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
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.)
After the parade, Eagle Country 97.5 will be hosting tryouts for Mayor’s Cup Idol on the trailer stage in Trinity Park. (Semi-finals will be held during the 36th-annual Mayor’s Cup events July 12, and the finals will be July 13.)
At 7 p.m., the Bootleg Band will perform, presented by Garvey Hyundai. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., sponsored by Warren Tire and Champlain Valley Transportation Museum.
Saranac Lake July Fourth celebration. Kiddie Parade “Saranac Lake Safari” at 10 a.m., starts at St. Bernard’s School parking lot, followed by an old-fashioned picnic in Riverside Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live bands, old-time music, food, fun and games.
Saranac Lake Mayor’s Cup Paddle Race starts at Riverside Park at 10:30 a.m.
Fireworks display begins at dark, Lake Flower boat launch.
Schroon Lake Celebration. Chicken barbecue at the Schroon Lake Community Church, beginning at 11 a.m. until sold out.
Adirondack artists and crafters at Town Hall parking area, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids activities, food booths and more.
Parade begins at 6 p.m. followed by a concert at the town beach featuring actors with Seagle Colony, and ending with fireworks over the lake at 9:30 p.m.
ST. REGIS FALLS
St. Regis Falls Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Field Day. Parade at 11 a.m. Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is this year’s grand marshal. Belly Buttons the Clown, pony rides, double slide, food bingo, barbecue chicken and hot sausage. Music, clogging, many vendors, cotton candy, fireworks and more.
Best Fourth in the North. 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga. Food, vendors, carnival rides.
At 1:45 p.m., annual Montcalm Mile run will take place on Montcalm Street, sponsored by LaChute Road Runners.
At 2 p.m. parade sets off from Montcalm Street/downtown, with grand marshals Howard and Susan Rathbun.
At Bicentennial Park, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Barfield & Unherd-of-Entertainment Live, traditional country, Americana, rhythm & blues and bluegrass music; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Joe McGinness and Longshot Live, country, rock and original music.
Fireworks blast off at about 9:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park.