After a year of fireworks set in the city apparently all the time and by everyone except the city, an official Rochester Independence Day fireworks display is back – and it’s two-fair.
Many suburban towns have also announced plans to celebrate the holiday with parades, entertainment, festivities and fireworks, though there are some pandemic-related variations in traditional events.
Here’s what’s happening around town this holiday weekend:
ROCHESTER – 4 JULY:
The city is hosting two shows this year, with the first being a 15-minute drone and slight extravagance over High Waterfalls followed by fireworks.
10 PM: About 200 drones are scheduled to fly over the High Falls for music and thus forming something. The city does not mean what. Very few things surprise anyone anymore, so enjoy the spectacle. The city advises you to tune in to WDKX 103.9 FM on your phone for a more complete experience. The best areas to see are the Pont de Rennes bridge, the High Waterfall area and the Waterfall Terrace Park.
10:15 PM: Return of classic fireworks over bridges downtown. The best places to see the fireworks are from the Main Bridge, the Wide Road and the Road Court Bridge, all will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 7pm. No, you can’t park there either.
BRIGHTON – JULY 4:
Burb is taking an early jump in his celebrations with a family-friendly road race the first thing in the morning, followed by live music and fireworks at night. It all unfolds in Meridian Center Park near Winton Street.
There will be no groceries this year, but you can bring them yourself. There will also be no coordinated activities for children, but, again, you can bring your own. Children and activities, ie.
8 a.m.: The fun begins with Brighton July 4 5K. Registration is $ 30 at yellowjacketracing.com.
8 PM: Beautiful weather runners will have 12 hours to recover from their morning workout before Skycoasters take the stage.
9:50 PM: Fireworks. Cracks. Bum. Crackling.
FAIRPORT – JULY 3:
By the time holiday entertainment will revolve, the village will be on the verge of a party hangover after celebrating the reopening of the Main Road erection bridge on July 2nd. The bridge had been closed for construction for almost two years, forcing traffic diversion around the main arteries of the village.
One change will not be the “Holiday in Perinton Park.”
8 a.m.: Firecracker 5K, a tradition in Fairport since 1976, starts on Whitney and O’Connor streets and winds through the countryside to end in Perinton Park. Online registration is closed.
10 a.m.: The run is followed by a parade that will continue north to Potter Place by Hulbert Road, head west to West Church Street and end in Perinton Park.
GREECE – JULY 4:
Hasn’t planned any changes to the city’s “Fourth of July Old Fashioned Celebration,” making it a real, old-fashioned celebration. It all happens on the Campus of the Municipality of Greece on Boulevard Tofany.
7:30 a.m.: Run 5K Freedom Run, and there is still time to register online and in person. Registration is $ 25 in advance online at runsignup.com, and $ 30 in person.
9 a.m.: Starts Super Hero Sprint for kids. Registration is $ 5 and can be done online or in person.
5:30 PM: Food trucks open their doors.
6 pm: Nick and the Beautiful Boys take to the stage and the children’s activities are open.
8 PM: Gary Lewis and the Playboys climb the stage.
9:45 PM: Fireworks start.
HENRIETTA – JULY 4:
Few things shout Fourth of July like noisy sales, hot dogs and fireworks, and Henrietta has it all, with most of the action taking place at the Veterans Memorial Park on Calkins Street.
9 AM – 2 PM: A craft sale and garage at Henrietta Senior Center, 515 Calkins Road, opens the day.
5 pm: Get your bounce with dance houses, lawn games and more crafts at the Veterans Memorial Park on Calkins Street.
7:45 PM: Brass Taxi takes the stage for an outdoor concert in the park.
9:45 PM: Fireworks.
IRONDEQUOIT – JULY 4:
You can read the Declaration of Independence almost anywhere, but you did not hear the Declaration of Independence until you heard it read aloud on the steps of Irondequo City Hall. The city also keeps it American using the Imperial measurement system for its entertainment direction.
8 a.m.: The 2-Mile Fun Run starts at King the King Church on Kings Highway South. Registration is $ 20 and can be done online at Runsignup.com or in person.
8:30 a.m.: Not much to run a few miles? Try 10K (that’s 6.2 miles), also starting at King the King Church. Registration is $ 35 and can be done online or in person.
11 a.m.: The parade starts from Irondequoit High School heading south on Cooper Road, then heads east on Titus Avenue, where it will end at Town Hall for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
3 afternoons: Food trucks, music and more entertainment start on the west lawn of Town Hall.
21:30: Fireworks over the town hall.
PENFIELD – JULY 3:
Penfield is playing it safe this year with some changes caused by the pandemic. There will be no food trucks or live music in Harris Whalen Park, but the city is bringing back what it calls “Famous Fireworks” and introducing a special tribute to “Pandemic Heroes”.
10 a.m.: The Penfield Independence Day parade begins at Penfield High School. It will continue along the Five Mile Line, head east on Route 441 and end at Penfield Community Center. A giant “Pandemic Heroes” banner – people and businesses that made a difference during the pandemic – will be carried along the way of the parade. Register your Pandemic Hero here.
10 PM: “Celebrity Fireworks” goes to Harris Whalen Park. Fireworks are one such show that the city recommends arriving at 9:30 a.m. and reminds people that there is no need to crowd the park because the show can be seen from miles around.
David Andreatta is the editor of CITY. It can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.