July 4 week festivities, where to watch fireworks

Regardless of where in NNY you are this week, there’s a July 4 festivity to suit your taste. Check out this list of festivals and fireworks and if there’s a location you’re looking for not on the list, send us an email and we’ll add the information as soon as we confirm it.

Wednesday, July 3

  • Clayton: Fireworks at dusk, downtown along the waterfront. Minus Mike will perform at the Frink Park Pavillion at 6 p.m. You can also check out the Antique Boat Museum‘s July Jubilee with dancing and food or check out “Teddy Roosevelt,” a comedy performance by Joe Weigand at the Clayton Opera House at 7 p.m.
  • Massena: Celebrations will run from 1 p.m. until dusk. Events include live music by Into the Black and Paparazzi Scandal from 5 to 9:30 p.m., a “beverage garden” provided by Vino Vidi Vici from 5 to 11 p.m., bounce equipment for children, face painting, free skating from 7:15 to 9 p.m., pony rides by Breezy Maple Farm from 4 to 9 p.m. and ice cream. Fireworks will conclude the evening at dusk.
  • Morristown: Fireworks at dusk at fireman’s field, just off Route 37.
  • Norwood: Concert by Norwood Brass Firemen from 7 to 9 p.m. at the park, followed by a performance by “Six-foot Midgets.” There will also be face painting and balloon animal sculptors.
  • Potsdam: The Orchestra of Northern New York will perform its “American Pops” program at Helen M. Hosmer hall at SUNY Potsdam at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; $10 for students; and free for children 12 and younger.
  • Tupper Lake: Festivities from 5 to 10 p.m. in Tupper Lake Municipal Park include sack races, bed races, live music by the 198 Army Band from Rochester at 6:30 p.m., food vendors and fireworks to conclude the night at dusk.

Thursday, July 4

  • Alexandria Bay: Fireworks overlooking Boldt Castle at dusk (approximately 9:45 p.m.).
  • Gouverneur: Fireworks display at the Fairgrounds hosted by the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department at dusk.
  • Kingston: Free walking tours of the city’s historic downtown will be given to Americans to celebrate the 4th. Tours are led by costumed guides and professional actors and last about an hour. Tours start at 2 and 4 p.m. from Kingston’s Visitor Information Center (209 Ontario St., across from City Hall).
  • Lake Placid: Parade at 5 p.m., fireworks over Mirror Lake at 9:30 p.m. The I Love BBQ and Music Festival, which features the best BBQ competitors from across the country (and sampling galore), runs Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6.
  • Long Lake: Fireworks at dusk over Raquette Lake.
  • Morristown: Parade at 10 a.m. down Main Street, followed by a chicken barbecue at the Fire Hall at 11:30 a.m. There will also be an antique tractor pull, kids games and a 50/50 raffle.
  • Norwood: Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Maple Street, ending at Firemen’s Field. Lawnmower races and a demolition derby will take place at 2:30 p.m. and Cubby T. Clown and Co. will perform at 5 and 7 p.m. A fireworks display at dusk will conclude the field day.
  • Old Forge: Live music and fireworks start at 7 p.m. on the Old Forge lakefront.
  • Sandy Creek: Fireworks at dusk at Oswego County Fairgrounds (291 Ellisburg St.), part of the Oswego County Fair.
  • Sackets Harbor: One of the more historic places in the region to ring in the 4th is Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, which will begin firing cannons at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. you can hear popular War of 1812-era songs, including ballads, love songs, work songs and dance tunes at the Memorial Tree Grove between West Washington and Main Street. Annual fireworks will take place at dusk (around 9:30 p.m.). All events are free. The rain location for the concert is the site’s picnic pavilion off Hill St.
  • Saranac Lake: Celebration begins in Saranac Lake with the annual Kiddie Parade at 10 a.m., followed by a picnic in Riverside Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music, games and face painting throughout the day. A free outdoor concert in Riverside Park from 7 p.m. until dusk, featuring Roy Hurd and Frank Orsini, will precede the fireworks display.
  • St. Regis Falls: Parade begins at 11 a.m. down North Main Street, followed by a field day including pony rides, clowns, a double slide, food bingo, a chicken and sausage barbecue, vendors, live music and clogging. Fireworks will conclude the day at dusk.
  • Watertown: The Orchestra of Northern New York will perform at 8 p.m. at Thompson Park, the first time an orchestra has performed for the occasion since 2011. Both the Watertown and Potsdam performances feature the best of “American pops” and have a Civil War theme. Fireworks will conclude the Watertown concert, and a performance by a seven-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from the 198th Army Reserve Band and a local a cappella group will precede it at 6 p.m. Both concerts will also feature Brandt Kronholm on guitar, his wife, Rebecca Koehler, on fiddle, her sister, Gretchen Koehler, on fiddle and Sylvian Koehler Foisy, who will step dance and fiddle. The concert is free and will be held at Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., in the event of rain.

Friday, July 5

Saturday, July 6

  • Carthage: Annual Fireworks Festival from 1 p.m. until dusk. Live music from 1 to 4 p.m. by “Tough Luck” and from 7 to 9 p.m. by “Oceans Below.” Food, craft and merchandise vendors, classic car show, dunking booth, petting zoo, bounce house, chicken barbecue and fireworks at dusk.
  • Clayton: Rock for the River 10 will be held at 8 p.m. at the Clayton Opera House, to benefit Save The River. This year’s lineup includes Jay Nash, Joe Purdy, Chris Pierce, Garrison Starr, The Milk Carton Kids and Eliza Moore. Tickets are $32-37. Box office: 686-2200 or www.claytonoperahouse.com.
  • Hannawa Falls: Fireworks at dusk in Postwood Park. Viewing spots are available along Route 56.
  • Sackets Harbor: Check out the 3rd annual Made in New York Festival at Madison Barracks, featuring more than 100 vendors from across the state and six bands. The event benefits Meals on Wheels of Greater Watertown and the Watertown Urban Mission. Tickets are $15 at the gate; $10 in advance at Tilted Kilt, Jreck Subs, Nice and Easy and Kinney Drugs.

July 13

  • Cape Vincent: Fireworks on the breakwall on the waterfront at 9: 30 p.m. as part of French Festival 2013. There will be a parade at 2 p.m., a festival mass at St. Vincent of Paul Church spoken in French at 5 p.m. and music by Fred and the Eds on the Village Green at 6:30 p.m.