July 4th Weekend in the Thousand Islands Region

The biggest weekend all summer by far in the Thousand Islands region is July 4th. With fireworks in Clayton, Alexandria Bay, and several surrounding towns; and endless recreational activities on the St. Lawrence River and lakes in and around Redwood, it's a block of days packed with fun and high-seas adventure.

Even at its busiest, the Thousand Islands maintain a relaxed atmosphere (no Jersey Shore traffic or crowded beaches of Cape Cod, thankyouverymuch). We had perfect weather this year, and got to enjoy all the area has to offer—from cruising the lakes and river, to dining along Canada's shores, to gorgeous fireworks displays against a backdrop of trees and open water.

Photos by Carina Molnar

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.