SCHROONLAKE-Fundraising for the annual Schroon Lake Independence Day celebration is under way.
Kate Huston, event chairwoman, said money is needed to secure bands for the community July 4th parade and to plan other activities.
"The Schroon Lake Fourth of July parade fund is in desperate need of help," Huston said. "Donations are running behind last year and, if we are to put on the best parade in the Adirondacks, we need donations.
"We are trying to make the Fourth of July events bigger and better than last year," she added.
Huston said people were very generous in their support last year. She said donations came from local residents as well as summer residents living as far away as California.
Donations for the 2011 July 4th celebration can be mailed to Box 614, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. Checks should be made payable to the 4th of July Fund. For more information contact Huston at 532-9745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Any amount you can afford in this slow economy would be greatly appreciated," Huston said.
Plans for the annual parade are already taking shape.
"We are also looking for (parade) participants," Huston said. "It is very helpful if you can get your entries in early and please remember to write a bio on your group or whatever you enter. Letters will be going out in the next couple of weeks that will have an entry form attached."
The town's Independence Day celebration typically begins with The Schroon Lake Community Church's annual chicken barbecue, rain or shine. The church is located on the corner of Main Street and Leland Avenue.
Throughout the day there is music provided by the Seagle Music Colony and other bands in Fountain Park. There are also children's games and activities in the park.
An "Adirondack Raffle" is held by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce during the afternoon.
A highlight each July 4th is the presentation of awards in the annual Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament. The awards are given in front of the chamber office on Main Street. The 57th annual Schroon Lake July 4th parade will be held at 6 p.m. The parade will run from Hoffman Road to the town's park area.
Patriotic music and a fireworks display over Schroon Lake will take place at dark, capping the festivities.
Throughout the day Schroon Lake merchants will offer sales and specials.