Norwood, Morristown, Gouverneur, Cranberry Lake, Hannawa Falls celebrating July 4
A slate of July 4th celebrations are planned around the North Country in the coming day.
The Norwood Fire Department is hosting its annual Independence Day celebration on July 3 and 4 with a concert, block dance, parade, demolition derby and fireworks.Events kick off on July 3 with a concert with the Norwood Brass Firemen from 7-9 p.m.
The Norwood Volunteer Fire Department Band – commonly referred to as the Norwood Brass Firemen – is well-known for its “old time Dixieland jazz” style of music.
The band, founded in 1946, is comprised of volunteer musicians who perform in parades, concerts, and benefits to support volunteer fire and emergency services plus other functions of the community.
Well known in the area, the band also has traveled to more distant places, including Washington, DC, and Yugoslavia, to perform.
During its history over 150 men have volunteered their time to keep the band going strong.
A block dance follows from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. with music by TOMB, or "The Old Man Band." A block dance favorite, the group performs classic rock, hard rock and metal music.
The block party will feature food, games and cold drinks.
On July 4, the annual parade featuring fire trucks and rescue vehicles, classic cars, and floats will kick off at 1 p.m. Several different departments are expected to participate, including Potsdam, Norfolk, West Stockholm, Brasher and Winthrop.
The parade will step off on Maple Street, and travel down Lake Shore Drive, onto Spring, cross over to Bicknell Street, then to Fireman’s Field on Morgan Street.
Anyone wishing to participate in the parade can call Michael Daggett at 315-244-8144.
Following the parade, drivers in the demolition derby will start their engines at 3 p.m., drawing local competitors from around northern New York.
There will be carnival games, food, and rides at firemen's field.
The annual fireworks display will launch at dusk.
The Morristown Fire Department will host fireworks Tuesday, July 3 at dusk behind the fire station.
The annual Steve Spilman Memorial Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Main Street, featuring local school bands, fire departments and floats.
A chicken barbecue will be served at 11:30 a.m. behind the fire station. There will be a concession stand, kids games, games of chance, adult beverages, 50/50 raffle, live music featuring musician Carrie Woodcock and others.
The annual free fireworks show in Gouverneur will be on July 4 after dusk, around 9:30 p.m., at the St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds.
Vendors will be making rounds at the grounds with holiday themed items and food. A raffle will be held. The fairgrounds will open around 5 p.m.
A grassroots fireworks display will be launched over Cranberry Lake again this year.
Local camp owners with frontage along Cranberry Lake in southern St. Lawrence County are expected to launch fireworks there again this year on July 4.
Boat owners and beach goers are welcome to the community to enjoy the free display, which sees dozens of residents launching their contributions to the fiery light show from their docks.
In Hannawa Falls, the 34th Robert Plumb Memorial Fireworks display by Majestic Fireworks will start in Postwood Park off the beach at dusk Saturday, July 7.
The display will be able to be seen from along State Highway 56.
Donations can be made at Chip’s Place, 5863 SH 56 or Jake’s on the Water, 5726 SH 56.