As Uncle Sam marks another year, towns around the area will battle the atmosphere with neon explosions while chowing down on dogs and burgers. Here's a look at what's happening this weekend:
Celebrations are scheduled for Saturday, July 2, with the local Lion's Club cooking out at the town beach at noon, and fireworks scheduled for dusk at the town overlook.
The annual Minerva day celebration will begin Saturday, July 2, with a firehouse breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Minerva Firehouse.
A Pant, Pedal, Paddle triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. with legs for running, biking and boating for nearly 20 total miles. A prize will be awarded to the fastest team.
Donnelly Beach will host a fishing derby from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Artisans and crafts will be on display at Courtney Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Minerva Historical Society Museum will be opened at 2 p.m. with the help of the Citizen of the Year, Kerry Killon.
Beginning at Sporty's at 5 p.m., the parade will finish at the beach.
When the parade ends, the beach will buzz with a potluck supper, games and face painting for kids, live music and the prize drawing for Minerva Quest.
Fireworks are scheduled at dusk.
Celebrations will happen Sunday, July 3, at Ski Bowl Park, kicking off with an archery tournament at 10 a.m. registration begins at 9 a.m with a $20 entry fee. First prize gets 40 percent of gate, second and third place get $40.
There will also be two Warrensburgh all-star softball games played, one at 11 a.m., with the second starting at 1 p.m.
Music starts at 2 p.m. with Southern Tendencies, and the Grammy-nominated R.L. Smith Band plays from 3 to 6 p.m. Tom Volcheck and Greg Ennis follow, with Southern Tendencies returning after the fireworks. Finger Diddle will play all day between sets.