Do you know how much it costs to put on the BH BL Community Flag Day Parade?

The answer is: Between $15,000 – $20,000, not to mention hundreds, perhaps thousands of volunteer hours. If any ask anyone who is involved, they would tell you it is worth every penny/minute of support! This year, we are having a raffle as a primary component of our fund raising. Spread the word about the prizes. There is still time to donate if you want!

Please print Parade Flyers and Fireworks Flyers and Hang Where Others Will See.

REMINDER:

Your submission of this entry form indicates that you and the members of your group agree to abide by the rules outlined here. Please help us keep this a safe and fun community event!

Participation in the 15th annual parade is free to community businesses and groups.

This form must be completed by Wednesday, June 8.  If you would prefer to send a physical copy in you may download and print out the form here and mail it to: and mail it to: Michael Hale, 1057 Ballston Lake Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

Questions?  Contact Michael at 518.399.4846 or mhale1@nycap.rr.com.

Downloadable Forms & Info Sheets

Attached are the Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunity Flyers / Raffle Flyers. A special thanks to
the Parade Fund Raising Committee for their donations, tireless efforts and community
outreach to solicit prizes and participation.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake community will be celebrating the red, white and blue at the 15th Annual BH-BL Community Flag Day Parade on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

This year, the Parade will mark the final major community event recognizing the BH-BL School District’s CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.

The Parade Starts at 7:00 pm, with the parade route shutting down part of Route 50 in both directions from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Kingsbury Rd to Forest Rd.

Previous years’ events have brought these comments:

It was the most community-building event we’ve had in the ten years I’ve lived here.

That parade was the most emotional, incredible thing.

What a beautiful evening! I think our community has really needed something like this.

The Route 50 Mile

This year we will be the 5th Annual “ROUTE 50 MILE.” This one mile road race will be run 5 minutes before the parade directly down the parade route. This event is presented by: Community Human Services and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business and Professional Association. For more information, please contact CHS at (518) 399-4624.

Parade History

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The parade began as part of the patriotic feelings that swept the nation following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The first parade was held in June 2002, and the annual event quickly grew, becoming a very popular celebration of Old Glory as well as an opportunity to recognize local groups and traditions. Fireworks following the parade were added in 2004, and the CHS One Mile Road Race beforehand began in 2009.

Parade Grand Marshals each year have been:

2002    World War II veteran Francis Miner, a former prisoner of war and recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star

2003    13 members of the Security Forces Squadron of the Stratton Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing, just back from the war in Iraq

2004    Great-grandmother Ruth Hamlin, her daughter Linda VanSchaick, her daughter Amy Odom, and her daughter Madison Odom

2005    Herb Jackson, a 43-year member of the Ballston Lake Fire Department, and Bob Boice, a 50-year member of the Burnt Hills Fire Department

2006    Dr. Stanley “Doc” Garrison, founder of the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital

2007    Rod & Millie Andersen, the 1954 founders of Andersen Boat Shop

2008    Former Ballston Town Supervisor Ray Callanan

2009    Veterans from all eras & conflicts are jointly honored

2010    Veteran Bob Speck, an elected member of the BH-BL Board of Education from 1974 to 2010

2011    BH-BL teacher, coach & originator of this parade Gary Bynon

2012    Superintendent Jim Schultz, retiring after 41 years of service to the BH-BL Schools

2013    (Parade cancelled due to severe storms.)

2014    Tireless community booster & local business owner Ralph DeLuke of Mail ‘n More

2015    Long-time residents and unstinting community volunteers Charlie & Pat Merriam