Saranac Lake – 4th of July Events

The Village of Saranac Lake is planning a full day of celebration on Independence Day -  Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau says Riverside Park will be a busy spot..  The Women’s Civic Chamber is once again holding an old fashioned Fourth of July picnic, from 11 AM to 5 PM,  The Downtown Saranac Lake Committee’s Thursday Night Concert Series kicks off on July fourth with a concert at 1pm in RiversidePark featuring the Lemmon Drops.  The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a free outdoor concert in RiversidePark from 7 PM until dusk and the Village’s fireworks display will kick-off just past 9 PM.

As for the Mayors Cup Paddle Races… Rabideau says it’s a family-friendly event aimed towards recreational and novice paddlers. Mayor Clyde Rabideau is encouraging family participation, saying, “This just-for-fun race is a great way for a family to start its July 4th celebration and the events throughout the afternoon in Saranac Lake will make it even nicer.”

The race will begin and end at RiversidePark, going out and around a LakeFlower buoy and back, with three racing categories:  Single person kayaks; Canoes with an unlimited number of paddlers and a “Rub-a-Dub” division for “unusual” floating vessels and costumes.

The first finisher will have their name added to “The Mayor’s Cup,” with medals going to the first three finishers in each category and special awards for best costume and team spirit.  Vermontville’s Rick Gonyea—who carved wood spirit walking stick trophies for the recent Saranac Lake 6er event—is carving a special paddle for the winner as well. Race time is 11 AM on Thursday, July 4th, with registration starting at 10:30 AM in RiversidePark.

More information about the Downtown Saranac Lake concert series is available at

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