Fourth of July & community festivities abound in area

— Lake George will be hosting its annual Independence fireworks show Wednesday July 4 in the skies above Shepard Park. People are advised to arrive early and expect traffic jams. Those who arrive early can enjoy a concert by the band Groove Therapy beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Over the weekend of July 6 through 8, Queensbury and Glens Falls will be hosting the Sunkiss Balloon Fest, with most of its events set for the Warren County airport. The Friday evening kickoff of the festival is centered in Crandall Park, Glens Falls.

Memorial dedication slated

Saturday July 7 brings a once-in-a-lifetime event to Chestertown with the dedication of the long-awaited Chester Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is to be held at 5 p.m. on the lawn of Chester Municipal Center. A barbecue and live country music follows at Summerfest, behind the municipal center. This community celebration, from noon to 10 p.m. or so, incudes hometown carnival activities including games, music, a pie-eating contest, and music by the acclaimed Steven L. Smith Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m. Saturday also features the Strawberry Festival and Bazaar from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Community Methodist Church on Church St.

Also on Saturday, North Creek will be holding its Independence Day celebration and fireworks. Family fun begins at 1 p.m. in Ski Bowl park off Rte. 28. The fest features Games of chance, live entertainment, food. and fireworks at dusk.

Then on both Saturday July 7 and Sunday, July 8, Bolton is hosting its annual Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rogers Park. The event showcases regional artisans and crafters, with their high-quality creations.

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