'Best Fourth in the North" slated

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga will again boast the "Best Fourth in the North" celebration.

This year's independence activities will stretch four days, July 1-4.

Events start on Wednesday, July 1, with the return of the Bicentennial Park carnival 5-8 p.m. with amusement rides for families, new concessions and games to play. Attendants can buy a bracelet for $15 and ride the rides all night.

A street dance will be held Thursday, July 2, at the Elks club parking lot with a D.J. from Syracuse from 7 to 10 p.m.

In the park for the second night, the carnival and bracelet promotion will continue starting at 5 p.m.

The Ti Idol finals will be held Friday, July 3, starting at 6 p.m. in the park. Fashioned after the hit show American Idol finalists have competed in three previous rounds to make it to the finals. The night will start with the junior division and a total of $1,500 in prizes are to be awarded.

The carnival in the park reopens at 5 p.m. Friday.

The annual Montcalm Mile road race will start the July 4th events at 1:45 p.m. followed by the Ticonderoga "Best Fourth in the North" parade at 2 p.m.

The parade theme this year is the quadricentennial of French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovering the area and naming Lake Champlain in 1609.

The parade will feature the Ambassador drum and bugle corps, which is over 50 strong from Canada, the Elgin pipe band from Quebec, the Blues Brothers and Ticonderoga's own Fort Ti drum corps.

The parade will follow its annual route, starting on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to finish at Bicentennial Park.

The parade bands will perform at 3:15 p.m. in the park with the classic rock band Faded to follow at 7 p.m.

A fireworks display ends the celebration at 10 p.m.

As a safety precaution, Ticonderoga police will close Burgoyne Avenue from Tower Avenue to Route 22 30 minutes prior to the fireworks. It will remain closed until the foreworks show is complete.

"This is a family event," Dan Crossman, co-chairman of the celebration said. "Please, no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. There should be no pets of any kind, roller blades, bikes, skate boards or any motorized toys in the park during event hours. This is for everyone's safety."

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