In keeping with Saratoga’s celebrated Main Street reputation, the Fourth of July finds locals and visitors enjoying a wide variety of patriotic revelry. The fun lasts all day with a parade on Broadway, live music, and programs in Congress Park which culminate with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a grand fireworks display at nightfall.
After watching the parade and taking a spin on the carousel, we drove 20 minutes southeast to Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater. Last fall, we’d climbed to the top of the battle memorial, located just outside Schuylerville. To celebrate the Fourth, we wandered around the visitors center looking through displays and artifacts of “the turning point of the Revolution.” The knowledgable park staff were more than happy to answer questions, as were numerous reenactors, engaged in musket demonstrations and canon firings.
The grounds are lovely — rolling hills and forests beside the Hudson River. The visitors center is open year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.