LAKE GEORGE — The holiday weekend in the traditionally packed village of Lake George was a little less crowded this year, according to Lake George village officials and restaurant employees.
Mayor Bob Blais said the village is always busy during the Fourth of July, but the lake seemed a little quieter than usual this year, except for the number of firework displays.
“I thought the crowd for the Fourth of July fireworks show was not quite as large as previous years,” Blais said. “I think it has a lot to do with the shows in surrounding towns and a tremendous amount of private shows. We had a lot of (fireworks) shows this year.”
The mayor said the Lake George Steamboat Company set off a display on Saturday night, plus two shows on Sunday and two or three shows on the Fourth. He explained some of the private shows were in connection with a birthday and a wedding being celebrated over the weekend.
Blais said despite the smaller gathering this year, “it was still a very big crowd.”
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He was not made aware of any arrests or criminal activity over the weekend.
Warren County Sheriff Jim LaFarr said the weekend was relatively quiet, other than a few isolated incidents.
Despite being in the kitchen for most of the weekend, chefs David Penree of the Lagoon Restaurant and Dan Nolan of 10 McGillis Public House both spoke about the crowds at the lake for the holiday.
Penree said he was in the kitchen the majority of the time, but “it didn’t seem as busy as the last couple years.”
“People were generally nice and a couple international visitors really loved America,” he shared.
Nolan said the streets and beaches seemed more populated than the local businesses.
“There were a lot of people in town, it just didn’t seem like people were there to spend money, they just came to hang out at the lake,” he said.
Waitress Kaitlin Schlinger, on the other hand, felt Lake George was the “liveliest since COVID began.”
“Crowds of people in festive attire swarmed the streets and it was remarkable seeing lines of people and thriving businesses,” she said.
Blais said parking meter revenue and sewage flow data, two indicators of how busy the village was, would not be available until later this week.
Jana DeCamilla is a staff writer who covers Moreau, Queensbury, and Lake George. She can be reached at 518-742-3272 or [email protected].