By MAUREEN PICHE
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 elicit oohs and ahs throughout the weekend in Norwood, Hannawa Falls, Massena, Hogansburg, Morristown, Gouverneur and Alexandria Bay.
Norwood Field Days
The 75th Annual Norwood Fire Department Field Day events begin Saturday, 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.
Cubby T. Clown and Co. is donating their time to THE annual fund-raiser for the Norwood Fire Department. Face painters and balloon animal sculptors will be in the park from 7 to 9 p.m. along with Cubby and Cuddles.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 80s rockers “Wicked” will play the traditional block dance in front of the Fire Hall. A $2 admission will be charged at the gate.
On Sunday, 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 20 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 4,000 people.
The parade theme is “The Past 75 years”. There will be 61 U.S. flags displayed along the parade route.
Thirty minutes before parade time the Norwood Firemen have over 500 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.
The River Rat Project Band, the Brockville Pipe and Drum Band, and the Original Yanks from Antwerp will perform concerts on the field following the parade. A horseshoe tournament and a Five in One Children’s Playhouse will also be part of the entertainment
Oxen cart rides along with visits with Cubby T. and Cuddles will be on-going all afternoon. Two free live shows from the Cubby T. Clown and Co. will be take play at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Various food and beverage vendors will be operating all day long.
As a grand finale to the 75th anniversary of 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
An ice cream social fundraiser to support Helping Hands of Potsdam, will be held in conjunction with the Hannawa Falls fireworks display July 4 starting at 7 p.m. at the Helping Hands Ministry Center, 5868 St. Hwy. 56 in Hannawa Falls. Both cones and sundaes will be available on a donation basis.
The Robert Plumb Memorial Fireworks begin at dusk 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 3. Because this year marks St. Lawrence Centre’s 20th \Anniversary, more special events have been scheduled prior to the display.
Beginning at 5 p.m., St. Lawrence Centre Arena will host “The Brawl in the Mall,” a USA Boxing Sanctioned Event. Stone Axis will perform as the opening act at 4:30 p.m.
Mall Kids Club members can join Waldenbooks from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for story time, and the first 50 club members can join Cubby T. Clown & Company, and Cubby and T. Bear from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court for face painting, animal balloons and to color their own posters. Club membership is free.
The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, along with the Massena Olde Car Club, will hold its 13th annual block dance and classic car, truck and motorcycle exhibit from 4 to 8 p.m. July 3 on Main Street. 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 4th annual Robert Thompson Blues Bash will be at Springs Park, Sunday, July 4 from noon to 7 p.m.
Other bands featured will be Smokin' Aces, Dirty Blues Project, Bernie Clark and the Rhythm Sharks, Conrad Story Blues Band, and Tom Townsley and the Backsliders.
The Morristown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad will present its fireworks display Friday, July 2 at dusk behind the squad building, 200 Morris St.
A parade will make its way down Main Street July 3 at 10 a.m., and at noon, a chicken barbecue will be held at the station, along with kids’ games, a concession stand, an antique tractor pull, chain saw races, and games of chance.
On July 4 at 9 a.m., the first Morristown Spectacular 5K Walk/Run begins at 9 a.m. 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 2, as part of Frenchie's Chevrolet American Revolution Series Event Round Two, that begins at 7:45 p.m. Admission to the race and display is $15.
Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk on Monday, 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.
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.