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Fourth of July celebrations plentiful

Various towns and villages in the region have special events planned to celebrate Independence Day this weekend. Residents and visitors can enjoy the festivities by attending one (or more) of these events:

Essex

The town of Essex will be the first in the region to kick off their celebrations with fireworks at dusk the evening of July 2. Saturday, July 3, is going to be a fun-filled day with an adult Firecracker Run beginning 8:30 a.m. at the Essex Fitness Center followed by a Kids' Fun Run starting 9:15 a.m. in front of the Essex Ice Cream Shop. A patriotic hymn sing is slated for 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church.

The annual Fourth of July parade starts 11 a.m. at the corner of Essex Road and Blockhouse Road, followed by games at Beggs Park with hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage being served by Essex firemen and entertainment by Penelope the Clown. A homemade boat race will launch at 2 p.m. and a spelling bee for all ages is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the town hall.

Contact Essex Initiatives at 963-8993 for details and directions.

Jay

The annual Fourth of July Celebration in Jay will be held Saturday, July 3 this year. Activities begin with a parade at noon, followed by live music all afternoon at the fireman's grounds. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, fries, and fried dough, will be served along with legal beverages.

There are plenty of activities for the whole family, including bingo, the famous greased pole, games of chance, and children's games. The evening is capped off with a fireworks display at dark.

Contact the Town of Jay at 647-2204 for more information.

Lake Placid

There's plenty to see and do in Lake Placid during Fourth of July weekend, not the least of which is the I Love BBQ Festival July 2-4. More information can be found about this event in the June 26 edition of The Valley News, or on the paper's Web site at www.thevalleynews.org.

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