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Fireworks season at hand

Some skyrockets and sparkle bombs have already lit up skies in local communities, but most holiday f

Prime time for high times has arrived.

Some skyrockets and sparkle bombs have already lit up skies in local communities, but most holiday fireworks shows begin tonight and run through the weekend.

Big shows are expected tonight at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs and at Summer Jam at the West Mountain Ski Center in Queensbury.

John Kalament of Empire State Fireworks in Delanson will light up the skies at the raceway. He expects to be busy after dusk.

“I’ve shot the Empire State Plaza before, and I don’t know what they shoot down there now. We used to shoot off a lot of fireworks,” Kalament told The Gazette last month. “We shoot more at the harness track than we ever did down at the plaza. It’s the venue, shooting from the infield, just the scenery, the track. It’s just a great place to shoot.”

On Thursday — the 4th of July — celestial red glare will be seen at the Empire State Plaza, Clifton Common in Clifton Park, Lake George and several Adirondack communities. Albany police, expecting long lines of vehicular traffic for the plaza show, will begin road closures and parking restrictions near the plaza at 6 p.m. today.

Electronic message boards will be placed on various routes throughout the city to help motorists navigate downtown. Police officers will also be stationed at various locations for traffic control.

Fireworks shows will be held in the following locations:

WEDNESDAY

• Amsterdam, Shuttleworth Park, following the Amsterdam Mohawks-Glens Falls Golden Eagles baseball game

• Fort Plain, Wiles Park

• Hague, Town Park

• Queensbury, Summer Jam, West Mountain Ski Center

• Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Casino and Raceway

• Tupper Lake

THURSDAY

• Albany, Empire State Plaza

• Bolton Landing, Rogers Memorial Park

• Clifton Park, Clifton Common

• Cobleskill

• Glens Falls, Crandall Park

• Inlet, over Fourth Lake

• Jay

• Lake George (also every Thursday night, beginning July 11 and continuing through Aug. 22)

• Lake Placid

• Long Lake

• Old Forge

• Raquette Lake

• Salem, Firemen's Carnival Grounds

• Saranac Lake, over Lake Flower

• Saratoga Springs, Congress Park

• Schroon Lake

• Ticonderoga

• Troy, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, following the Tri-City ValleyCats-Lowell Spinners baseball game

• Mayfield, Lanzi's on the Lake

FRIDAY

• Amsterdam, Shuttleworth Park, following the Amsterdam Mohawks-Albany Dutchmen baseball game

• Piseco Lake, Sandy Cove

• Queensbury, The Great Escape

• Troy, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, following the Tri-City ValleyCats-Lowell Spinners baseball game

SATURDAY

• Chestertown, Summerfest

• Corinth

• Greenwich, Elks Lodge

• Indian Lake, Byron Park

• North Creek, Ski Bowl Park

• Northville, over Little Lake

• Saratoga Lake (both north and south ends)

• Speculator

• Waterford, Waterford Harbor Visitors Center

SUNDAY

• Mechanicville, Tallmadge Park

• Northville, Sport Island Pub

SATURDAY, JULY 13

• Troy, Pig Out Barbecue Festival

• Wilton, Gavin Park, ParkFest

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

• Troy, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, following the Tri-City ValleyCats-Auburn Doubledays baseball game

FRIDAY, JULY 19

• Schenectady, Schenectady County Summer Night Finale

SATURDAY, JULY 20

• Troy, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, following the Tri-City ValleyCats-Hudson Valley Renegades baseball game

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