Rouses Point keeps July Fourth tradition alive

ROUSES POINT  — The time of year approaches once again for food, fun and fireworks at Rouses Point, which will take place July 4 to 6.

“We’ve been doing this for 54 years,” Mayor George Rivers of Rouses Point said. “I can’t remember a day when there was no celebrations on the fourth.”

The festivities will start at 4 p.m. on Friday with carnival rides, food booths, games, vendor tables and a libations tent, which will all be available throughout the three days of celebration.

Live music performances by the Community Singers, a local group which performs traditional and patriotic songs, and Strawhatters, a group of area musicians who play all around Clinton County, from 5 to 7 p.m, and Glass Onion, from 8 p.m. to midnight, will end the day. The next day of the celebration is Kid’s Day.

On Saturday, the 5K Summer Sizzle Run will take place at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. The run will take place at the Rouses Point Boat Launch, and all proceeds will benefit Rouses Point’s 4th of July festivities.

At 9 a.m, a boot drive will take place until 3 p.m, along with a youth baseball jamboree starting at 9:30 a.m.

“The youth baseball teams are going to have a tournament, and it’s not really competitive,” said Kieran Gilroy, co-chair of the Rouses Point 4th of July Committee. “It’s just a get together for the kids to get together, play and have some fun.”

After, a bike decorating contest will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m, with Pipsquek the clown putting on a magic show, face painting and making balloon animals from 1 to 4 p.m. Damaged Goods will perform from 2 to 6 p.m, followed by a band from 8 p.m. to midnight that has yet to be announced.

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