Fourth of July & community festivities abound in area

— With the Fourth of July falling on Wednesday this year, Independence Day events — and related mid-July festivities in the region — are spread out over the first week of July.

Festivals, fireworks and family fun will be featured throughout the area now through Sunday July 8.

Monday July 2 is a special day in Thurman, with the kickoff of their summer concert series in Athol — accompanied by fireworks at dusk. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Veterans’ Field behind the town hall with the talented, versatile band “The Cards.”

On Tuesday July 3, Stony Creek offers a free concert by the incredible Randy Rollman’s Rockin' All-Star Review, at 7 p.m. in the town park off Harrisburg Rd. Rollman, an acclaimed steel guitarist, is joined by a lineup of guest musicians.

Tuesday also brings a huge crowd to the annual Summer Jam concert & fireworks, set for 6:45 p.m. in East Field, 175 Dix Avenue in Glens Falls. The gates open at 4 p.m.

Also on Tuesday July 3, Hague will be hosting its annual community Independence Day fest, featuring live music, picnicking and family activities, all centered in the town park.

On Wednesday July 4, both Bolton and Schroon Lake will be holding their traditional Independence Day celebrations. Bolton’s is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., based in Rogers Park. It features a deejay, face painting, magician and juggler, capped off with fireworks at dusk.

Schroon Lake’s July 4th extravaganza starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday and extends to 7 p.m. and beyond. Their community parade is set to proceed down Main at 6 p.m. Featured will be live music including rock and country bands and specialty groups, playing from noon to 6 p.m. at various sites around town. Festivities start with a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the Community Church. The day ends with a fireworks display above Schroon Lake at 8:45 p.m. or so.

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