Guide to Fourth of July events in Orleans County

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Photos by Rick Desrochers.

NEWPORT — Towns across Orleans County are gearing up for Independence Day celebrations with parades, fireworks, and a variety of family-friendly activities.

In Newport, the celebration will take place in Gardner Park on Thursday, July 4, with food trucks providing refreshments from 5 to 10 p.m. Evansville Transit Authority will perform from 6 to 9 p.m., and a fireworks display over South Bay will begin around 9:30 p.m.

Derby will also celebrate on Thursday, July 4, with festivities kicking off at 9 a.m. The parade, themed “Land of the Free,” starts at 10 a.m., traveling from the Elks Lodge on Route 5 to North Country Union Junior High School.

Rides, games, vendors, food trucks, pony rides, a car show, face painting, and music will be available starting at 10 a.m. on the junior high green. The Newport Rotary Club’s ping-pong ball drop fly-over is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. behind the junior high.

In Barton, the Fourth of July parade begins at 2 p.m., with line-up starting at 1:30 p.m. in front of E.M. Brown. The parade will follow its usual route, concluding at the fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Freedom,” marking the 150th anniversary of Barton Village.

Additional events are set for the Orleans County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 6, starting at 8 a.m. with tractor-pulls at 9 a.m., horse-pulls at 10 a.m., and a gymkhana at noon.

Greensboro’s Funky Fourth celebration on Saturday, July 6, includes a 10 a.m. parade starting at the Country Club Road and heading down Breezy Avenue to the old high school. The Fortieth Army Band will perform during the parade.

A community picnic with free sandwiches, hot dogs, sausages, Kingdom Creamery cones, and church lady cookies will start at 11:30 a.m., followed by a dessert and art auction at noon on the green. The Radio Rangers will play a free concert at the Highland Center for the Arts starting at 5:30 p.m.

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