Independence Day events set throughout area

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Mohawk Valley will show its patriotism on Friday with a variety of Independence Day events.

In Utica, the July 4 parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on Genesee Street. The parade will start near St. Elizabeth Medical Center and proceed north to Memorial Parkway, before turning onto the parkway and ending at the Parkway Recreation Center at Oneida Street. Genesee Street and the Parkway will be closed to traffic from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Other roads that will be closed during that time period are as follows: Barton Ave., Lowell Ave., Butler Ave., and Sunset Ave.

Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be food, beverages and entertainment at Proctor Park, before the evening is capped with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Clinton: In Clinton, the parade will begin at 7 p.m. Friday on Elm Street and will head south on Elm, turn on College Street and end at the elementary school. Fireworks will go off at dusk on Clinton Central School's field.

Cooperstown: The Farmers Museum will celebrate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, with muskets and a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. There will also be ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. Admission is $12 for adults, $10.50 for senior citizens, $6 for children ages 7-12 and children 6 and under are free.

Also in Cooperstown, the Otsego Lake Association will have a We Love Our Lake boat parade at 6 p.m. Friday. The parade will start and finish at Three-Mile Point, three miles north of the Village of Cooperstown on State Highway 80 in Cooperstown. There will also be a variety of events at the Baseball Hall of Fame in honor of the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig Day.

Hamilton: Hamilton's parade will begin along State Route 12B at 10:30 a.m. Friday. There will be a boat parade on Lake Morraine, and fireworks will be shot off at dusk from the campus of Colgate University.

Inlet: The Fulton Chain Gang will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Arrowhead Park, 160 Route 28. Fireworks will shoot off over Fourth Lake at dusk.

Marcy: A rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Shrine. The rosary will be in honor of service members.

Old Forge: The Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Adirondack Bank parking lot. Admission is $3. A free concert by the Floyd Community Instrumental Ensemble will start at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will be over Old Forge Pond at the conclusion of the concert.

Oneonta: The Hometown Fourth Festival will run from noon to 11 p.m. Friday at Neahwa Park in Oneonta. The parade is set for noon and will start at Foothills Performing Arts Center. Fireworks are set for 9:20 p.m. Friday. The festival will continue from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Rome: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, there will be a celebration at Fort Stanwix National Monument. At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., join the Third New York Regiment and receive training, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be readings of the Declaration of Independence. There will be musket firings and children's 18th-century toys, games and dress-up clothes.

Also in Rome, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, there will be an observance at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier at the corner of James and Liberty streets, which will include a wreath-laying and a speech by Air Force Master Sgt. Chad Gerrard of th Eastern Air Defense.

Springfield Center: The annual Springfield Fourth of July Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. After the parade, a celebration at the Springfield Community Center featuring the Utica ZooMobile, live Music and more. A concert featuring Jeff Walton begins at 7:30 p.m. at Glimmerglass State Park, with fireworks after the show.

St. Johnsville: The Fort Klock Independence Day Celebration and Strawberry Festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Live music, musket salute, reading of the Declaration of Independence.



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