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Fourth of July Festivities in Upstate New York

The Authentic American Experience - Fourth of July Festivities in Upstate New York

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit us and celebrate America’s Independence Day the authentic way this Fourth of July. Chow down on classic American foods, catch a baseball game (the Great American Pastime!), learn about the Revolutionary War through re-enactments, and choose from one of the many firework shows happening all weekend long.

This year, the holiday takes place on Tuesday (July 4th) - but that doesn’t stop the fun from beginning as early as Saturday, July 1. With four days of festivities spanning the state, there’s sure to be a hot dog and slice of apple pie waiting wherever you go.

Hit the road and pick your place to party! A few of my favorite stops include:

Saturday, July 1

Celebrate America (Cobleskill, NY) - Spend the day wandering through a flea/antique market, enjoying local food vendors, a Lil Firecracker contest (children up to 5 years old) and a parade at 5 p.m.

Americana's Annual 4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash (Interlaken, NY) - The biggest party in the Finger Lakes is an all-day, pet friendly celebration. Enjoy local food trucks and bakeries, craft beverages and wine slushies, 5 live bands, and a fireworks finale.

4th of July Party at Cider Creek Hard Cider (Canisteo, NY) – Celebrate America’s Independence with The Donlon Brother’s at Cider Creek. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, lawn games, and etc. and listen to the brothers rock the outdoor stage in Canisteo Valley. There will also be a firework show at dark that you do not want to miss.

Sunday, July 2

Breakfast on the Bluff (Sodus Bay, NY) - Enjoy a hot breakfast under a tent on the Lighthouse bluff overlooking Lake Ontario. Then spend a day at the arts & crafts show, with live music in the evening.

Dunkirk Lake Shore Airshow (Dunkirk, NY) - The city’s second annual airshow in 50 years will feature nationally renowned pilots, parachute teams, acrobats, wingwalkers, and more. Attendees will also enjoy live music, food trucks, and vendors.

Monday, July 3rd

Ring of Fire (Conesus Lake, NY) - An old Seneca Indian tradition that pre-dates Independence Day itself, every year visitors and residents of Conesus gather to light flares around the shoreline creating a stunning ring of fire.

4th on the 3rd Celebration (Fort Plain, NY) – This is the city’s 30th annual “4th on the 3rd Celebration” taking place at Wiles Park. The day’s activities include a Fishing Derby, a Hollywood Style Stunt Jump, a Junior Ninja Warrior Competition, a Paintball Shooting Competition and a Lumberjack show. Pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, magic, food, music, and so much fun to be had.

Tuesday, July 4th

Rochester Redwings Baseball Game (Rochester, NY) - Celebrate America with the country's favorite pastime- baseball. Watch the Rochester Red Wings take on the Pawtucket Red Sox, enjoy a silent jersey auction, and post-show fireworks.

Fly-In / Drive-In Breakfast (Penn Yan, NY) - The annual July 4th Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast at the Penn Yan airport (in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country) is one of the longest continuing and largest breakfasts anywhere in the country, with over 100 aircrafts to visit.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert and Fireworks (Rochester, NY) - Each year, Rochester celebrates the July 4th Independence Day holiday in style with a spectacular display of fireworks and a concert from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Pay a little extra, and you can enjoy the show from aboard the Sam Patch boat, while floating on the Genesee River (tickets sold here:

Independence Day Celebrations (Lyndonville, NY) - The 41st annual Lyndonville Independence Day Celebration includes an arts and crafts show, parade, chicken barbeque, tractor pull, and a fireworks finale.

Genesee Country Village and Museum Celebrates America’s Birthday (Mumford, NY) - Join the hoopla of traditional American celebrations around the Historic Village. Pageantry, marching bands and merrymaking are all part of the day’s festivities. In true 19th-century fashion, kids can be part of the revelry of the 1876 Grand Parade, immediately followed by the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Fort Stanwix Independence Day at the Fort (Rome, NY) - Join park staff & volunteers in celebration of our nation's birthday. Begin the day with the annual Rotary ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldiers, as park staff & volunteers help pay tribute to the fallen. The celebration continues throughout the day with cannon & musket salutes, an 18th century baseball game, and a sing-along to popular military songs of the day.

Picnic in the Park (Batavia, NY) - The 39th annual Picnic in the Park will feature British Mania, a Kiddie Parade, Children's Activities, Food Vendors and an Artisan Alley.

Or browse the site and find your own fun! There is a whole state to explore.