TICONDEROGA - A tradition will continue as Ticonderoga celebrates the "Best Fourth in the North."
This year's festivities will begin Thursday, July 1, and conclude Sunday, July 4.
The organizing committee for the annual Ticonderoga July 4th celebration has declared "Bridging the Gap Together, Past and Future" as the theme for this year's event.
Highlighting the Independence Day events will be the traditional parade and fireworks along with a couple of new activities.
The band Flashback will kick off the celebration, playing music from the 1950s and 60s 7-10 p.m. Thursday in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park.
The bands The Heard and Lord Howe will play 7-11 p.m. Friday.
Danny Ray Edwards will perform in the park 6-10 p.m. Saturday.
Amusement rides, games and vendors will be in the park along with the entertainment each night.
Sunday will feature the 24th annual Montcalm Mile road race, a bed race, the July 4th parade and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
A highlight Sunday will be a Ti Idol reunion show. The local talent competition wasn't held this year, but past participants are invited to perform in Bicentennial Park 6:30-8:30 p.m. Interested performers can contact Angela Brown at 585-2233.
Jim Cawley, an Elvis impersonator, will perform on Sunday 8:30-9:45 p.m. prior to the annual fireworks display.
The Montcalm Mile will race along the parade route at 1:45 p.m. It will be followed by the bed race and then the parade at 2 p.m.
The Montcalm Mile will start in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.
A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2009 Montcalm Mile. Race director Jim Cunningham hopes to top that mark this year.
It's a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region's top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga's annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.