SARATOGA SPRINGS — The eighth annual Saratoga All-American Celebration, July 3 to July 5 in Downtown Saratoga Springs, will be returning with big changes this year. The Celebration will no longer be held in Congress Park and instead Spring Street, Putnam Street, and Henry Street will all be closed off to accommodate this huge event.
The parade, which begins at 11 a.m., will also not be passing by Congress Park this year. Instead, it will start at the corner of Van Dam and Broadway and will proceed south down Broadway. The best spot for a view would be anywhere along Broadway between the City Center and north of Spring Street. The parade will be led by the Korean War Veterans Color Guard and will include historical re-enactments, civic groups, music, the Patriotic Pooches from Sloppy Kisses of Saratoga and much more.
Fireworks will be set off from a new spot as well, behind the carousel in the northeast field of Congress Park. Guests will have a great view from the areas surrounding Congress Park and from Spring Street, Putnam Street, and Henry Street.
Besides the standard parade and fireworks, there will be many other family events happening that weekend. On the Fourth, the Firecracker 4 Road Race will be taking off at 9a.m. in front of the City Center. Family Day in Congress Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will have kid’s games, face painting, carousel rides, food and live music, sponsored by the Saratoga Springs History Museum. From 11:30 a.m. to Noon by the carousel in Congress Park, kids can have their pictures taken with characters from the parade such as General Burgoyne and Ben Franklin.
It will be the eighth year for the All-American BBQ and Dessert Fest as well and is going to be even bigger than previous years. For $1 to each participating organization, guests can taste the best of what Saratoga Springs offers in BBQ and dessert from dozens of restaurants.
All afternoon, the All-American Classic Car show will be set up off Broadway where visitors can see up to 70 classic vehicles that stood the test of time and have been beautifully restored. After that, at 6:30 p.m., the first “Parking Lot Party” will lead up to the fireworks, featuring the local band The Audiostars.
Attendance to all these events is free to the public. For a full schedule and more information please visit Saratogajuly4th.com.