Two-day Fourth of July celebration between Utica, New Hartford called off

The parade will start at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and proceed north on Genesee Street.

Posted: Apr. 12, 2019 5:07 PM
Updated: Apr. 12, 2019 10:25 PM

Utica and New Hartford were supposed to partner on a two-day "Independence Day" celebration. But those plans are called off, and the Genesis Group is going back to its original Fourth of July parade route.

The parade will start at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and proceed north on Genesee Street, turning onto the Memorial Parkway, and ending near the Parkway Rec Center.

The parade is in the morning, and Utica’s Party in the Park is at night at FT Proctor Park.

The joint effort would have changed the parade route to include New Hartford. Utica would have fireworks on the fourth, and New Hartford would have fireworks on the fifth.

The Genesis Group said time was running out to make commitments and needed to move forward.

New Hartford has a town board meeting this week. It's still unclear what New Hartford plans to do.

NewsChannel 2 left messages with the New Hartford town supervisor Friday afternoon.

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