By MAUREEN PICHÉ
Communities across the North Country will commemorate Independence Day and celebrate summer with fireworks, parades and other events.
Parades will be held in Norwood and Morristown, while fireworks displays will light up the night sky throughout the weekend in Norwood, Hannawa Falls, Massena, Hogansburg, Morristown, Gouverneur and Alexandria Bay.
Norwood Field Days
The 76th Annual Norwood Fire Department Field Day events begin Sunday, July 3 on the Village Green with a free performance by the Norwood Brass Firemen from 7 to 9 p.m.
During the concert, games of chance, food and legal beverages will be offered at the Fire Hall, along with novelties and activities for kids in the park with Cubby T. Clown and Co.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., local rock-n-rollers Six Foot Midget will play the traditional block dance in front of the Fire Hall. A $2 admission will be charged at the gate.
On Monday, July 4, a huge parade is scheduled to step off at 1 p.m. sharp. Lining up at noon on Maple Street, this parade progresses down Spring Street and ends at the Morgan Street Firemen’s Field. This 60- to 70-unit parade will consist of four marching bands, over 16 fire departments and rescue squads, more than 25 floats, and antique cars and trucks. Youth and church groups along with many civic and area businesses help to support this one-hour parade. Last year’s parade was viewed by over 5,000 people.
The parade theme is “Carnival Fun”. There will be 61 U.S. flags displayed along the parade route.
Thirty minutes before parade time the Norwood Firemen have over 850 8”x12” hand-held American flags to share with parade watchers. When a donation of any size is placed into the fireman’s boot, the viewer will be given a flag to wave during the parade.
Cubby T. Clown and Co. will also offer face painting and animal balloon sculpturing before and during the parade at the Village Green. Plaque for parade awards, donated by Hometown Café, will be given out.
Following the parade, festivities at the firemen’s field start with a demolition derby and garden tractor races at 2 p.m. These tractors reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. There will also be a Water Ball competition for the volunteer firemen.
Visits with Cubby T. and Cuddles will be on-going all afternoon. Two free live shows from Cubby T. Clown and Co. will be take play at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Five in One Children’s Playhouse will also be part of the entertainment.
Various food and beverage vendors will be operating all day long.
As a grand finale to the field day, the celebration will end with one of the biggest fireworks displays in St. Lawrence County, costing the fire department over $5,000
The Robert Plumb Memorial Fireworks begin at dusk on July 4 at Postwood Park Beach, Hannawa Falls. There are lots of good viewing spots along Route 56.
The St. Lawrence Centre Annual Fireworks Display begins at 10:15 p.m., July 2.
The day of celebration begins at 1 p.m. with Cubby T. Clown & Company in Center Court for face painting and animal balloons until 3 p.m.
The St. Lawrence Centre Arena is offering free skate rentals from 2 to 9 p.m. and the group Lost at Sea will perform in center court from 8 to 9 p.m.
The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce will hold its 14th annual block dance and classic car, truck and motorcycle exhibit from 5 to 9 p.m. July 2 on Main Street. Music will be provided by Ray’s Gang. Nearby on Andrews Street, the Massena Volunteer Fire Department will be serving up a chicken barbeque with a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and dash plaques.
The 5th annual Robert Thompson Blues Bash will be at Springs Park, Sunday, July 3 from noon to 7 p.m.
Other bands featured will be Smokin' Aces, Dirty Blues Project, Bernie Clark and the Rhythm Sharks, Tas Cru, and Tom Townsley and the Backsliders.
The Morristown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad will present its fireworks display Saturday, July 3 at dusk behind the squad building, 200 Morris St.
A parade will make its way down Main Street July 4 at 10 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m., a chicken barbecue will be held at the station, along with kids’ games, a concession stand, an antique tractor pull, and games of chance.
On July 2 at 9 a.m., the second annual Morristown Spectacular 5K Walk/Run begins at the fire station. The fee is $10. The Kids’ Fun Run (1 mile) begins at 8:30 a.m., with a $5 entry fee.
The Mohawk International Raceway, Frogtown Road, Hogansburg, will treat race fans to a large fireworks display at dusk, Friday, July 1, as part of Frenchie's Chevrolet American Revolution Series Independence Day celebration, that begins at 7:45 p.m. Admission to the race and display is $15.
Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk on Tuesday, July 5, at Gouverneur’s St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds. A variety of vendors serving up food and souvenirs will be there. Proceeds benefit the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department.
Prior to the fireworks, the North Country Players Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m., featuring America-themed music. The concert is free to the public.
The Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Fireworks over Boldt Castle at about 9:30 p.m. July 4. The display can be seen just about anywhere along the river, while many viewers gather at Scenic View Park in the heart of Alexandria Bay.