UTICA, N.Y. – In celebration of reaching a 70% vaccination rate in New York, firework displays will take place across the state Tuesday night – downtown Utica included.
The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. at the P.J. Green lot at 100 Whitesboro St. Around 8:15 p.m., the city will close Whitesboro Street west from Genesee Street and eastbound from Seneca Street. This will include side streets along Whitesboro Street like Burchard Lane and Hotel Street. The firework safety area extends behind Kookie Q's, and police will be present to prevent crowds from gathering in that area.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that COVID-19 restrictions like capacity limits, social distancing and health screenings are no more.
"As we celebrate lifting restrictions and resuming our reimagined normal, we also reflect on the hard work of New York State's essential workers and we remember those we lost,” said Cuomo. “New Yorkers have always been tough, but this last year has proven just how tough they are. Congratulations, New Yorkers, on all that your hard work has accomplished."
There are nine other firework displays scheduled statewide, including at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse and at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
Several state buildings were also lit in blue and gold to celebrate essential workers and their hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic.