In less than 48 hours, residents of Chautauqua County, and the entire nation, will join in celebration of independence and freedom.
With many communities across the county hosting Independence Day celebrations Thursday, everyone should be able to find a means to celebrate.
Lakewood will host a "Summerfest" from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Chautauqua Avenue. Early birds will have the option of registering for Lakewood Family YMCA's 2013 Firecracker Run, for which registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. A kids race also begins at 9:30 a.m. Then, at 2 p.m., Chautauqua Avenue will feature street sales, with vendors offering food, gifts and crafts, as well as displays demonstrations and more. A live music and food booth will be featured from 2-8 p.m. at Hartley Park, and music will also be held from 6-9 p.m. The annual fireworks display is scheduled for 10 p.m.
Mayville will host events from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Lakeside Park on Route 394. A parade will begin at 10 a.m., followed by activities, events, food and live music, which will be held until 10 p.m. when the annual fireworks display and flares around the lake are set to begin.
Dunkirk will host events from noon until 10 p.m. at the Dunkirk City Pier and at Memorial Park on Route 5. Live music, food vendors, a large open space for people to sit and free parking will be available. The fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
In Bemus Point, the Floating Stage will present Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Jersey, at 8 p.m. At 10 p.m. a fireworks display will occur over Bemus Bay.
Findley Lake will host several family-friendly activities for all ages. A chicken barbecue will be held at the fire hall beginning at noon. A craft show will also be held at the fire hall. A "Great Duck Race" will be held at 12:30 p.m., and ducks can be purchased from Our Own Candle Co., Wonderments, Findley Lake Market and the Village Center. A boat parade is set for 2 p.m. Registration, held at the gazebo, begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. This year's theme is "If I could Talk To The Animals." At 3 p.m. at the Litz Gazebo in Bradley Park, a national bell ringing ceremony, will occur. Guests may bring a bell to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For more information call Judy at 233-4001. And, the annual Findley Lake fireworks ceremony will begin with flares around the lake at 9:30 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m.
A fireworks display in Maple Springs will occur at 10 p.m. at Midway State Park.
The Kiantone Congregational Church will host the Prayer for America service Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome.