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Independence Day Events - 07/03/2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - Updated: 1:27 PM

-- 4th on the 3rd schedule

FORT PLAIN -- The 27th annual 4th on the 3rd celebration, sponsored by the Fort Plain Community Activities Council, will take place on Thursday, July 3, at Wiles Park.

While most activities will be centered in Wiles Park, the celebration officially begins at 8 a.m. with the Mohawk River Fishing Derby. Sign-up at the Sportsman’s Den on Canal St., for children and adult classes. 

The Fishing Derby is free and sponsored by the Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club, and concludes at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 5 p.m.

Completely new this year will be a demonstration by the Civil War Reenactors from the NY 125th Volunteer Infantry Regiment, including a Civil War surgeon’s tent, encampment and rifle demonstration. 

Families with young children will delight in a bounce house, inflatable slide and obstacle course.

Food concessions will be available, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, soda and water from 3-9 p.m. Horse-drawn hay wagon rides to the Fort Plain Museum and back will also operate from 4-8 p.m.

The Emeralds of July will perform from 4-7 p.m.

A Little League All Star Exhibition Game between Fort Plain and Canajoharie will begin at 4 p.m.

A rock climbing wall will be available from 5-9 p.m. and Empower Federal Credit Union will sponsor an Old Time Photo Booth and Melvin the Magnificent, a balloon artist, free, from 4-8 p.m.

Wayne Tucker will DJ and emcee from 3-11 p.m. in Wiles Park. Craft fair and non-profit booths will be open from 3-9 p.m.

Brooks Chicken Barbecue dinners will be sold by the Fort Plain Reformed Church from 4-7 p.m. There is a separate parking area for take-outs; ask at the park entrance.

A petting zoo and pony rides will be available from 5-9 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., you can play Just for Fun Bingo with prizes, or sign up for the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elks Club Horseshoe Tournament. Play begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Rusty Mento Blue River Band will entertain from 8-11 p.m.

The enormous fireworks display will take place at 9:45 p.m. This event is underwritten by the Big Bang Club, the Yerdon Foundation and the day's barrel drive.

The bonfire and community sing-a-long begins at 10 p.m., at the conclusion of the fireworks display.

For a complete schedule, please check the Fort Plain Community Activities Council Facebook page.

-- July 4 Independence Day celebration at Fort Klock

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- An Independence Day celebration and strawberry festival will be held at Fort Klock July 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake, cakes, ice cream and beverages. Friends of Fort Klock will also have a sale of homemade baked goods.

At 1 p.m., Eugene Wagner will read the Declaration of Independence, followed by a resounding musket salute from the Tryon County Militia. Watch the guns smoke and listen to their boom echo across the valley.

In the Dutch barn, there will be a display of Mohawk Valley quilts and artifacts.

Local musicians will perform throughout the event.

The trade room gift shop will be open to attendees. At the shop, you will find woven articles from the Fort's loom, local books, maps and unique gift items.

A small fee is charge to experience guided tours of the Fort Klock fortified farmhouse. All donations are gratefully accepted for preservation projects.

Fort Klock is a designated National Historic Landmark. It is also a New York State Path Through History and a Revolutionary War Heritage site.

-- Patriotic Organ Recital to be held July 4

CANAJOHARIE -- A Patriotic Organ Recital will be held at Upstate Chapel on July 4 at 7 p.m. All Upstate Chapel concerts and events are open to all, and free-will offerings are encouraged. All proceeds are used to promote musical arts in the Canajoharie, NY area.


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