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Runners go forth on the Fourth

The race is a prelude to a full-day of celebration for the Fourth of July, with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. Sometimes winners of the Firecracker4 march in the parade. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in five-year increments and there is a special category for military, fire, police and EMS participants.

The race starts at 9 a.m. and race day registration starts at 7 a.m and costs $25. Registration before July 2 is $20 and can be done online at www.firecracker4.com or via paper application at specific locataions.

The rest of the All-American Celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, as well as Monday, July 4, and includes a Classic Car Show, Family Day in Congress Park, historic tours, food, music and fireworks.

The celebration is organized by Saratoga's All-American Celebration Inc., a group specifically devoted to planning the event. Maestro's at the VanDam donated $5,000 on Thursday, June 9, the largest single donation ever received for the celebration.

"We are happy to partner with Saratoga's All-American Celebration Inc. to raise funds for our city's July 4th event," Chef John LaPosta said in a statement. "This event brings our community and families together to commemorate our independence and celebrate American pride--something we at Maestro's fully believe in."

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