This Annual Canal Celebration, spanning 34 consecutive years (minus Covid 2020), represents our recognition of the community, our heritage and the spirit that makes Little Falls a unique place in the Mohawk Valley. Canal Celebration has welcomed thousands of visitors to Little Falls, attending dozens of family oriented community programs, held throughout the week. These programs are made possible through the dedicated efforts, of approximately a hundred plus individuals, representing local Organizations, Businesses and Industries as well as the employees of the City of Little Falls.

The activities speak for themselves, not as a tourist destination, but as a means to showcase Little Falls as a community with vigor and pride. Take a stroll or bring your bike, enjoy our great architecture, parks and friendly neighborhoods or the Canal bike trail. View the escarpments highlighting the gorge, or bring the little ones to catch a fish in the mighty Mohawk. You might see a canal boat locking E17, the highest lift on the NYS Canal System. Spend time at Rotary Park Marina, located on the Erie Canal and Bike Trail, as it plays host to interesting travelers from far away places.

The Original Erie big dig started with a ceremonial 1817 groundbreaking, commencing a 100 year transportation marvel equated as the Internet of its day, simply The Canal That Made America.
Where would we be today, if it were not for that? The NYS Barge Canal opened in 1917, following the original Erie (Albany to Buffalo) route, while incorporating the states natural water ways. (Horse Power replacing Mule Power) The Barge Canal became known as the Erie Canal after 1992. (Marketing Power replacing Horse Power)

The 2021 Celebration, commemorating Little Falls on the Erie as a remarkable place to live, will be limited to COVID safe events, following all COVID health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event, to be adhered to by all participants and spectators. Play safe during these perilous times!

Wednesday, "Thunder on the River" fireworks over the Mohawk, following an evening of food, Rotary Club Duck Dash, with music by the Maria DeSantis Band. Bring yourself a snack and enjoy the ambiance, "just sittin' on the dock of the bay".

Thursday, there is the Big Kids Fishing Contest with a Car Show On The Canal, a Cross Country Watershed Run and Local food/vender Market at Burke Park.

Friday, kicks off the weekend with Merchant sales and displays on Main Street and Canal Place, followed by an evening historical tour of Church Street Cemetery and Pub Nite at the Renaissance, and a local made brew at the Ironrock Brewing Company at Canal Place.

Get ready for Saturday and Sunday.......

MVCA Fine Arts
Music Venues
LF Museum
Arts and Crafts
Farmers Market
Book Sale
Girl Entrepreneurs
City Park Displays
Southside Tour
Merchant Sales
Youth Fishing
Big Kids Fishing
Cross Country Run
Ethnic Food

Kayaking Lock17
Gulf Tournament
Car Show
Great Restaurants

.pdf File , Programs .pdf File and Sponsors .pdf File for 2021 are always welcome!

For additional inform
ation contact: Canal Celebration Chairperson;
Tony DeLuca; Little Falls Family YMCA; (315) 823-1740
Canal Celebration information compiled by
the volunteer staff of

Revision:5 - 08/12/21
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Wednesday August 11th

An evening of music, food, and fireworks over the water, at Rotary Park on the Canal

"Thunder On The River" fireworks

The Marie DeSantis Band
6 pm till dark
Sponsored By

Feldmeier Equipment
Twin Rivers Paper Corp.
Harber Celebration

Duck Dash for Prizes
6 - 9 PM
Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Thursday Aug 12

Big Kids Adult Fishing Derby
Fish the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between locks 17 & 18
Registration-3- 4pm; Derby 4 - 8pm from Rotary Park
$5 Entry Fee - Several categories in prizes;
Register on Site

Double Dog Dare
LF Watershed - Top Notch Rd. Entrance
6 PM ; Reg. Free Event
Cross - Country - Woods - Trail Run

1 - 3 (optional) 1.1 Mile Loops of running
the trails on cross country terrain
Summer Cruise In Dj & Car Show
Rotary Park Marina 5-8pm
Music/ Food/ Parade at 8pm

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 9am - 8pm
Glumpk Sale - LF Polish Club; West Main Street; 12 - 5pm -
Burke Park - Local Fresh Thursdays - Food, Venders, Carson Murphy 4 - 7pm
American Legion - DJ Music & Food; West Main St. ; 7 - 9pm

Friday Aug 13

Pub night at the Renaissance
4- closing
Live music by Eric Sirfka
3 - 11 PM

Church Street Cemetery Tour
6 PM

Corn Hole Tournament on the lawn
6:30pm - 10$/ Person - Pick your own team
L. F. Elks Lodge #42 - Burke Park

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 9am - 8pm
Glumpk Sale - LF Polish Club; West Main Street; 12 - 5pm
MVCA "Art Show"
- Canal Place

Saturday Aug. 14
News & Posters
Canoe/Kayak Tour Mohawk Shore

Annual John Serow Memorial - Youth Fishing Derby
Lock 17 (Under theWind bridge) 8 - 11 AM; Youth's 1-15 yrs w/Adult --- $2.00 fee
Register on site. This is he only event held on the water, specifically for Children.

40th Annual L. F. Lumber Co. - Freedom Run

Burke Park (YMCA)
8:00 AM - Check in 7:45 AM
10 K and 2 Mile Run ---PRE- REGISTRRATION REQUIRED --- Entry fee $20 /$30

Southside Walking Tour VII .pdf file
- Growing Up on The Southside  1957 – 1970
Start and end at Rotary Park at 10:30 AM for 2 hour walk down memory lane, South of the tracks
4 - 5 mile guided tour, with moderate to vigorous physical activity; Dress accordingly

Annual Canal Celebration Rotary Club Golf Tournament
Mohawk Valley Country Club - Benefit Rotary Club Community Service Programs
Call Mary @ 315-219-9216 for details

Two - NYS Historical Marker Dedications - LF Historical Society
1833 Old Bank Building - Albany & Ann St.; 10am
1782 Gristmill Attack - West Mill & Burke Bridge West Ramp intersection; 10:30am

L. F. Farmers Market - M & T Parking Lot - Albany & Ann St.; 8am - Noon
Annual Book Sale
- Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 10am - 3pm
Glumpki Sale - LF Polish Club; West Main Street; 12 - 5pm

- Canal Place -
Live Music - Venders - Food by Chicks Along The Canal
Vada March - 10am - Noon
Carson Murphy - Noon 2pm
Julie Henderson 2 - 4 pm

- Ward Square -
7th Annual Adaopt-A-Pawlooza, Pause 4 All Paws
presents adorable animals, crafts, baked goods and refreshments
located in our Eastern Park, a great place to relax, wander, enjoy.

- Vet's Park Field #3 - VINTAGE BASEBALL
3 Games, 3 Teams playing 7 inning games under 1864 rules.
The Little Falls Alerts vs Bovina Dairymen vs Mountain Athletic Club
Game times are 10:30 am, 12:45 pm, & 3:00 pm - Loomis Street Extension

- Out of Town-
Tours of Gen Herkiner's House @ Herkimer Home State Historic Site
View the grounds free; Tickets for guided House Tours; Check Site Schedule
200 St. Rt. 169 near Thruway Entrance - Call: 315-823-0398

Garden Tractor Pulls, East Herkimer Sno-Riders, 1355 Shells Bush Road
11:00 AM - a Free, Family Friendly Event sponsored by
The Brookfield Garden Tractor Pullers Association, Inc.

LF Elks Lodge #42 ---- "Boomerz Band " on the lawn - Burke Park, 7 - 11 pm

Sunday Aug 15
Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

Burke Park
21 Classes
Reg. 9 am - Noon - $10
Pre-Reg. $7

Cub Scout - Boy Scout Sales

Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places
Best of Show
Car Show Chairmen's Award
Peoples Choice

Food - Music - Vendors
Car Related Vendor Spaces
Information/Entry form
Day of Registration at the Park - 9 am

Chicken & Rib BBQ - NASCAR on wide screen
LF Elks Lodge #42 -------- Burke Park -------- 11 AM - 'till gone

"Curtis Road Band" --------- 4 - 8 pm
American Legion, 100 West Main Street.

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