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The official website for the NINTH-ANNUAL:
Saratoga's All-American Celebration

July 3rd & 4th, 2016

Downtown Saratoga Springs, New York

Top-10 Small-town July 4th
Celebrations in America

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Saratoga's All-American Celebration Program of Events

2016 Event Program Google Interactive Map

The Schedule of Events is subject to change between now and July 4th.
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Last Updated: July 2, 2016

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016

Children's Program: All-American Afternoon with 'Ben Franklin'

Sunday, July 3, 2016
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Children's Museum, 69 Caroline St. Will travel to Congress Park.

Bring the kids to join in an afternoon of stories, kids crafts, and historic games! Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch or snack to enjoy while listening to Ben read his favorite children's stories!

Sponsored by The Children's Museum

"Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864"

Sunday, July 3, 2016
Saratoga Springs History Museum, Canfield Casino, Congress Park.

Book talk presented by author Bruce Venter, Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs History Museum

See it on Amazon

Historic City Tour:
"A Madame, a Batcheller, and the Devil"

Sunday, July 3, 2016
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Meet out front of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park

Join Charlie Kuenzel, Dave Patterson, and Bob Baker as they guide a 90-minute walking tour discussing the people, the houses, and the lore of historic Saratoga Springs in the 1800s.

Fireside Chat with 'General Burgoyne'

Sunday, July 3, 2016
7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Holiday Inn
Fireplace Lounge (Indoor rear foyer)
232 Broadway

Come listen to 'General Burgoyne' recount his vantage point of the Battle of Saratoga, the turning point of the American 'Rebellion', including his stories of the people, intrigue, and drama that surrounded the battle.

s'mores for all the kids!

All-American Boot-Scootin' Jamboree
with DJ Kevin Richards

Sunday, July 3, 2016
8:00pm to 11:00pm
Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington Street

Brought to you by our friends at the Universal Preservation Hall: "Join UPH for their first ever country music and line dancing night! We are honored to have award-winning Country Music DJ Kevin Richards spinning the best country music songs for us this evening - wear your cowboy boots, spurs and 10-gallon hat!  Yee haw!!  Kevin will also provide line dancing instructions so no experience is necessary.  Just come on out and have a good time!"

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 

More details at UPH

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016

Firecracker4 Road Race

Monday, July 4, 2016
9:00am to 10:30am
Broadway in front of the City Center

Come cheer for the thousands of runners and then stay for the All-American Parade!  The Firecracker4 Road Race is organized by our friends at FC4, Inc. 501(c)3.  To learn more, visit www.Firecracker4.com 

All-American Downtown Sidewalk Sale

Monday, July 4, 2016
10:00am to 6:00pm
Broadway in front of the City Center

Sponsored by our friends at the Downtown Business Association, visit participating shops along Broadway and throughout downtown Saratoga Springs for July 4th specials in a classic sidewalk sale like they used to have in the good 'ole days! 

All-American Parade & Patriotic Pooches

Monday, July 4, 2016
11:00am to 11:30am
Broadway from Van Dam Street to Spring Street

Our July 4th events open with the All-American Parade marching down Broadway from Van Dam Street to Spring Street.  The parade, led by the Korean War Veterans Color Guard, includes historical re-enactors, civic groups, officials, and municipalities from all across Saratoga County, music, fun, and more!  Be sure to see the dozens of adorable Patriotic Pooches that march in the parade every year thanks to our friends at www.SloppyKissesofSaratoga.com 

Parade Characters Family Photo-Op

Monday, July 4, 2016
11:30am to 12noon
Congress Park at the Carousel

Bring the kids to have their pictures taken with the characters from the parade including General Burgoyne, Ben Franklin and MANY more!

All-American BBQ & Dessert Fest

Monday, July 4, 2016
11:30am to 3:30pm
Various restaurant locations throughout downtown
and in the Spring Street parking lot.

The Ninth-Annual All-American BBQ & Dessert Fest is back and bigger than ever!  With dozens of participating restaurants and organizations, you'll be able to try some of the best BBQ and dessert that Saratoga Springs has to offer!  

Each tasting is $1 paid to each participant at their locations.  Most participants are located in and around downtown and more will be set up in the Spring Street parking lot.

Event Program Google Interactive Map


Starting at 11:30am July 4th, you can vote for your favorite BBQ & Dessert right from your phone here on our website!

Then stop by the T-Shirt Tent, show us you've voted, and get your 2016 Commemorative T-Shirt for only $10!

  • at the corner of Broadway and Division St. (in front of Fingerpaint) until 4pm
  • in the Spring Street Parking Lot from 6pm to 10pm

BBQ & Dessert Fest Winners will be announced live on July 4th before the fireworks, on this website, on our Facebook page, and in local media.

2016 All-American BBQ & Dessert Fest Participants:

Beekman Street Cafe' Greenhouse Salad Park Side Eatery
The Brook Tavern Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga The Parting Glass
Druthers Harvey's Restaurant & Bar Peabody's Sports Bar
Fire & Knife BBQ The Ice House The Restaurant at 62 Beekman
Gaffney's Kilwins SPoT Coffee
Grasso's Italian Ice Olde Bryan Inn Sweet Mimi's Cafe' and Bakery
One Caroline Street Bistro

All-American Classic Car Show

Monday, July 4, 2016
12noon to 4:00pm
Division Street & Fingerpaint parking lot

Come see up to 70 beautiful American and exotic classic cars lining Division Street and filling the Fingerpaint surface lot right off Broadway. These pieces of American history are perfectly restored and impressively built.  Enjoy a trip through time and pick your favorites!
(Register to compete in the Classic Car Show)

WGNA Live on Site 

Monday, July 4, 2016
12noon to 4:00pm
Spring St. parking lot

107.7 WGNA's own Bethany from the Sean & Bethany Morning Show will be broadcasting LIVE from the center of the All-American universe during BBQ & Dessert Fest! Come say hi and play games, win prizes, and hear the best country music in the capital region!

Historic City Tour:
"Franklin Square: Saratoga's first upscale neighborhood & the development of the West Side"

Monday, July 4, 2016
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Meet at the corner of Division St. and Broadway in front of Fingerpaint Marketing

Join Charlie Kuenzel, Dave Patterson, and Bob Baker as they guide a 90-minute walking tour of the Franklin Square and West Side neighborhoods telling the stories of Saratoga Springs' development into a famous turn-of-the-century city.

Party in the Parking Lot
with the Audiostars

Monday, July 4, 2016
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Spring Street Parking Lot

Join us for the July 4th Parking Lot Party starting at 6:30pm leading up to the Fireworks at dusk! This year's Party again features a live concert from our area's hottest band, THE AUDIOSTARS.  

Enjoy music, food, family, and 10,000 of your closest friends celebrating our nation's freedom! 

BBQ & Dessert Fest Winners Announced

Monday, July 4, 2016
Spring Street Parking Lot

New This Year! The BBQ & Dessert Fest winners will be announced LIVE the same day as the event! Come see if your favorite wins the coveted President's Choice award!

Live Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Monday, July 4, 2016
Spring Street Parking Lot

Experience the patriotic pride of hearing our nation's founding document read aloud over a crowd of thousands echoing through historic downtown Saratoga Springs.  It's a moment you'll never forget.

Fireworks w/ Patriotic Music

Monday, July 4, 2016
9:30pm (approx.)
Spring Street, Henry Street, Putnam Street, Union Avenue

Our friends at Santore's World Famous Fireworks bring you another incredible fireworks display up close and personal set to patriotic music thanks to our friends at Saratoga Guitar.

This year's fireworks will again be launched from Congress Park behind the Carousel (same location as First Night.) The best viewing areas will be Spring St., Henry St., Putnam St. and the Phila St. parking deck.

See the Program Map (COMING SOON) for more detail.

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