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Utica celebrates Independence Day

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica's Proctor Park filled with families throughout the day Wednesday to celebrate the 4th of July. A parade started at 6 pm. from the Armory on Culver Avenue to the park where the all day party had something for everyone.

From a Half Moon eating contest and a bounce house to even martial arts and and dance performances, the kids stayed entertained. The adults could enjoy something new this year, a beer garden filled with Saranac.

"We fIgured let's try it you know it's here, it's a nice sunny day, it's a party in the park you need a cold beer," said one of Utica's Fourth of July celebration organizers Trina Gigliotti.

Despite the heat many people were eager to try the hot food, with gyros, hot dogs, different ethnic delicacies from 15 local vendors.

"You need to do stuff like this and if the city is willing to put something on like this for your family to go to why not go to it, it's nice to have a barbeque at your house but you can do that any day you can't come to a party like this any day," said Gigliotti.

Fireworks take off from Proctor Park after dusk and will be 25 minutes long with live music leading up to and during the display.

A free shuttle bus from the Charlestown parking lot on Bleeker Street to Proctor Park will run until after the fireworks.

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