VIDEO BY SHAWN BAKER
Another glorious 4th of July parade and great day is in the books -- but the town's spectacular Fireworks got hit hard by Mother Nature. After the parade, the clouds came in. Soon light rains become heavier, and that’s when the mass exodus from the park atop the beach began.
Some folks packed up and left, others sought shelter under Main Street awnings, and some die hards stuck it out under tents and sheets of plastic on the hill. On the water, boaters retreated.
Then came thunder and lightening. All the while thousands wondered: “Would the fireworks show go on?”
At about 8.15ish, Schroon Laker got confirmation that yes indeed they would be a GO -- Chamber Director Tammy Whitty Brown was told by Town Supervisor Mike Marnell, (the Town controls the fireworks) the barge was fully loaded and ready to go. The show would start once there was a break in the weather.
And so it did. Shawn Baker, who stuck it out, captured all of the action in the video. More people may see this than were actually there last night. Shawn says there was perhaps between 500 and 1,000 who saw the show.
From Shawn: “The hill itself didn't have that many people on it, but there was a decent crowd all along the top of the hill from the playground around to the boathouse theater. Similar numbers to what we've had when we do fireworks during Labor Day weekend or when we had them during First Night a few years back. And it was still a great show!”
There’s a lively discussion on the Schroon Lake public Facebook page, with many folks saying the Town should have had a rain date for the show.
But as Schroon Laker learned last night, the deal the Town has with the fireworks company it uses it’s a one and done deal: With no rain date, it’s ‘a use it or lose it situation.’
We have placed calls to Mike Marnell for comment and we’ll update the story. Meanwhile, watch out for our annual 4th of July slide show, coming soon.