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It's time to party for the fourth

ELIZABETHTOWN - The 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the forming of a nation will be celebrated in six different towns in the region this weekend.

The towns of Essex and Westport will hold their annual festivities on Saturday, July 2, Tupper Lake celebrates on Sunday, July 3, while the town of Jay and the villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will celebrate on Monday, July 4.

Essex

The Essex Fire Department is pleased to announce that its 2011 Fourth of July parade will step off southbound onto State Route 22 promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, from the Block House Road into the hamlet of Essex. Any and all interested individuals, groups, organizations, bands etc are encouraged to enter, whether a float, a marching unit, an equine, an automobile - vintage, unique, classic or otherwise.

Games and food on Beggs Point will follow immediately after the parade. There will be a boat race and a spelling bee at the town hall at 3 p.m.

Other events will include the Firecracker Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., starting from the Catholic Church. The childrens fun run will start at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Essex Ice Cream Shop.

There will also be a Patriotic Hymn sing at St. Johns Church, beginning at 10 a.m.

The fireworks extravaganza, weather permitting, will be begin at dusk on Friday evening, July 1.

Please call 963-4060 for further information.

Westport

The annual Fourth of July Parade will be held in Westport at noon on Saturday, July 2, starting at the fairgrounds traveling down Main Street.

Lineup for those wishing to participate will be at 11 a.m. at the fair grounds. Antique cars, tractors, floats, fire trucks, ambulances, clubs and bands are invited to be involved.

Following the parade, there will be an ice cream social and magic show immediately following the parade in Ballard Park, starting around 12:30 p.m.

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