Alexandria Bay does its fireworks on July 5 to spread the festivities of the Fourth out nice and big. The explosives are shot out all around Boldt Castle out on the St. Lawrence River. Dozens of boats gather on the water at sunset, waiting like little twinkling fireflies in a field of water. Quite the spectacle.

Then, the games begin.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.