Parade, fireworks on tap Friday night
Weather postponed annual events
CAPITAL REGION The Fourth of July is a memory, but tonight in Burnt Hills and Scotia it will feel like the patriotic holiday all over again, with two fireworks displays and a parade down Route 50.
The beloved Flag Day Parade in Burnt Hills was canceled a few weeks ago due to dangerous weather conditions. It will go on tonight instead.
“From the feedback I am getting, people seem very excited,” Ballston town Supervisor Patti Southworth said. “We are looking forward to a good evening.”
The parade will be combined with the Ballston 225 celebration, which marks the past, present and future of the town of Ballston.
Ballston 225 starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ballston Town Hall, Merchant Farm and the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
There will be a picnic at the church open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will also be children’s games, an 1850s ball game and tours of the church. At the Merchant Farm there will be mini horses, goats, chickens, rabbits and a tinsmith. And at Town Hall there will be tractors on display, several local artisans, music, historical displays, a unicycle demonstration and re-enactments. At the end of the day there will be free ice cream at Town Hall.
The parade is considered the kickoff event for the celebration. It will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills Lanes and continue down Route 50.
Southworth said local businesses and residents have really stepped up for the event. There have been more than 50 parade entries and a large crowd is expected.
Preceding the parade will be a street festival. From 5 to 7 p.m., six local bands will be playing at businesses along the parade route. Southworth said the idea is to help the businesses recover what they lost when the parade was canceled.
“That is what it is about,” she said. “Community spirit.”
After the parade, Ballston will be hosting fireworks at Fireman’s Grove on Main Street in Ballston Lake, across from Carney’s Tavern. The display will begin around 9 p.m.
Ballston will not be the only Capital Region community setting off fireworks tonight. Freedom Park in Scotia will host its rescheduled display around the same time.
The show, sponsored by Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In and put on by Empire Fireworks, was originally scheduled for June 28, but high water on the Mohawk River forced its postponement.
“Weather is looking pretty decent,” Mark Lansing Jr., general manager of Jumpin’ Jacks, said about tonight’s forecast. “We are hoping to be very busy.”
According to the Albany office of the National Weather Service, tonight’s weather should be conducive for the fireworks and parade. There is about a 30 percent chance of showers, with temperatures in the mid-70s by the evening. No flooding along the Mohawk is expected.
Jumpin’ Jack’s will also have a ski team on the water beginning at 7 p.m. The event is expected to draw more than 10,000 people. Lansing suggests guests come early to secure a spot for the ski show and fireworks.
“Hopefully it will be good and busy,” he said. “We like it when it is real, real busy at night.”