Fourth of July Clifton Park community celebrates with parade
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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The Clifton Park community celebrated the Fourth of July in its traditional fashion this year, with crowds of people gathered for a parade, fireworks and more.
After a scaled-down celebration in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local leaders were thrilled to once again present the full-blown patriotic festival this Independence Day.
“We weren’t sure this year how big the parade might be, coming off obviously a difficult past year and a half for our community and society, but boy it was fantastic,” Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said during a ceremony at Clifton Common immediately following the parade. “It’s great to see so many people here and celebrating what it is to be an American, and to show appreciation for everything we have as Americans.”
The all-day event featured The Freedom Mile run/walk, a large parade with floats and marchers, a ceremony honoring the anniversary of American independence, a craft show, pony rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment by local acts Sirsy and Ten Most Wanted – all leading up to the grand finale fireworks display.
Clifton Park’s July Fourth bash was one of several taking place throughout the Capital Region over the weekend, though some places that typically present fireworks did not host events this year.
Those who attended the Clifton Park event also had the opportunity to hear Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, Senator Jim Tedisco and Congressman Paul Tonko speak during the ceremony about the significance of the occasion.
With most mask and social distancing guidelines recently removed, Walsh said it was lovely “just to see everybody smiling and see all the community pride that’s here.”
Tedisco lauded the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces in his comments. “We are the greatest nation in the world because of one group,” he said, praising the country’s military members as the best, brightest, most courageous and compassionate fighting force for good.
Calling Sunday’s parade and gathering a great expression of community, Tonko reminded folks in attendance about the humble beginnings of the United States of America on its 245th birthday.
“As a nation, we have much to celebrate,” the congressman said to the crowd.
Working from the framework authored in 1776, “We as a nation, as a people, are in search of a more perfect union,” he said. “And we continue to work to be that perfect union. We will achieve that perfection through the ages, but it is good to know that through our halls of government we can continue to advance what is right and strong and absolutely powerful for the people that claim this wonderful flag to be theirs.”
Tonko concluded, “We are at our best when we really pay attention to that framework that was designed by our founding parents, and as they challenged us to continue to search for a perfect world.”
Clifton Park community celebrates Fourth of July with parade Sun, 04 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700-Gates opened at 4 this afternoon with a few bands and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. It all led up to the fireworks that lit up the sky Sunday night. Those …
DULUTH, Minn.– For those who didn’t get enough of all the live concerts over at Bayfront Park this Fourth of July weekend, music enthusiasts were jamming out again Sunday night at Bayfront Festival Park.
The free event known as Fourth Fest capped off the Independence Day weekend festivities in Duluth.
Gates opened at 4 this afternoon with a few bands and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. It all led up to the fireworks that lit up the sky Sunday night.
Those at fourth fest were excited to see some more live music.
“It’s very nice. We’re enjoying it. The whole lineup looked good. I guess we didn’t have any favorites picked out but we’re just glad that there’s live music going on,” said Kristi who was there for the live music.
Others at the show were there to make sure they got a look at the fireworks. Including a couple, who is spending their mini-honeymoon on this hot summer day checking out Fourth Fest.
“Fireworks. Fireworks always. The joys of freedom,” said Brenden and Caitlin Stay. “This is obviously the place to be and I came here one year with my family. It was really fun. I’ve been here before, it’s the best show in Minnesota that I’ve seen.”
This wraps up the weekend festivities that featured Country Jam on Friday and the rock group hairball on Saturday.
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– July 4, 2021