| 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
Arts and Crafts
City Park Displays
Big Kids Fishing
Cross Country Run
Volunteers , Programs and Sponsors for 2021 are always welcome!
For additional information contact: Canal Celebration Chairperson;
Tony DeLuca; Little Falls Family YMCA; (315) 823-1740
Canal Celebration information compiled by
the volunteer staff of LittleFallsNY.com