Independence Day celebrations planned in Norwood, Morristown, Gouverneur, Colton
Independence Day weekend celebrations are planned throughout St. Lawrence County with fireworks displays, parades and events for the family.
Here are details about events in Norwood, Morristown, Gouverneur and Colton:Norwood
Continuing its lengthy tradition capped off by the popular fireworks display over the lake, Fourth of July festivities in Norwood live on.
This year’s event will be extra special as the village combines the July 4 schedule with a 150th birthday celebration.
The fireworks will cap a two-day celebration.
The July 3 schedule features:
• Music on the Green from noon to 7 p.m.
• Train rides from noon to 5 p.m.
• A Mud Bog for trucks, ATVs and UTVs at noon at the Firemen’s Field
• Air Castles on the Green from 2 to 8 p.m.
• A Block Dance from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Brass Firemen performs on the Green from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Sweet Revenge performs on the Green from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The July 4 schedule features:
• Air Castles on the Green from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Food by the Kiwanis Club on the Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• A parade at 1 p.m.
• Demolition Derby at the Firemen’s Field at 1 p.m. - food and beverages will be sold.
• Kiddie Train Rides downtown from 2 to 8 p.m.
• Music on the Green from 2 to 6 p.m.
• Fireworks at dusk.
Only in Morristown does a gigantic fireworks display kick off Fourth of July festivities.
At dusk on Sunday, July 3, spectators will line the village streets and watch the skies light up from the vehicles along Route 37.
“Morristown has been the go to place for the Fourth of July celebration for years,” said Jay Moore, chief of the Morristown Fire Department who each year coordinates the July 4th schedule. “We are thrilled to be back without all the Covid restrictions.”
A parade steps off on Main Street on Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m. Moore noted that parade participants are always welcome and may inquire by calling him at (315) 323-9069 or email [email protected]
Other Monday events include a fire department auxiliary craft fair on the ballfield behind the fire station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., chicken barbecue at noon, kids games, 50/50 raffle, games of chance and food vendors will open at 11:30 a.m.
A Syracuse-based band will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. The Double Barrel Blues Band is an established blues rock outfit that features guitarist Mark Cloutier, slide guitarist John Hart, drummer Garnet Grimm Sr., and bassist Bill Satterly.
“This is the best tradition in the north country and also serves as a ‘homecoming’ for those who grew up or summered here,” said Moore. “Again we are happy to once again host the 4th of July celebration as many remember.”
The Gouverneur Fire Department will hold its 4th of July Fireworks Display on July 5 at dusk at the St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds at 85 E. Barney St.
Organizers claim it will be the “largest display of fireworks in the north country,” and biggest display they have ever done. On its Facebook event page, the fire department says it will be making up for the last two years when the event was canceled over COVID concerns.
Gates to the fairgrounds open at 4 p.m.
There will be a donation charge for entry at the gate.
Park close to the gate after entering for a quicker exit once the event concludes, otherwise expect a delay in leaving the fairgrounds due to the number of attendees.
The community of Colton will celebrate Independence Day with a River of Lights celebration and the annual children’s parade and a boat parade.
Colton’s traditional event River of Lights takes place July 3 at 9 p.m. Members of the public light flares along the river in Colton to remember the nation’s servicemen past and present. The flares should last for about 30 minutes.
Flares can be purchased for $3 each, from Larry & Joanne Hudson, 40 Cove Road Extension; Neil & Robin St. Andrews, 68 Sunset View Lane; Lin Snyder, 45 Fuhr Road; Dennis Shea & Amy Cayey, 156 Coldbrook Drive; and Brian & Jessica Plonka, 16 Evergreen Trail.
A children’s parade and a boat parade will be held July 4 starting at 10 a.m.
Organizers are complementing the children’s parade this year with a parade of antique through late classic boats (antique 1919-1942, classic 1943-1975, late classic 25 years old or older) and newer decorated watercraft. If the response is positive it may become an annual event.
All boats are welcome to join the parade but decorating of newer boats is encouraged. Older boats are encouraged to put a sign on the side of their boat telling the year of the boat.
The children’s parade starts at 10 a.m. from the far end of the Big Bay near Bob Agel’s home. Paraders should line up parallel to the shore of the parade, antique boats in front followed by decorated boats. As soon as the children’s parade reaches its destination, the lead boat will begin a circle of the Big Bay at parade speed followed by the others.
Colton will be launching fireworks on July 16 at dusk, from Firemen’s Field, at the corner of Gulf and Hanson roads.