Independence Day Celebrations

28 June 2023

There are many ways to celebrate our nation’s freedom. Many gather at parks or home patios for food, games, conversation and general fun with family, friends, co-workers, or community. Remember the excellent state parks in New York that offer a variety of experiences like, waterfalls, gorges, and interesting trails. Enjoy the great outdoors watching the birds and smelling the flowers.

Our local towns and cities are happy to participate in this holiday and you can find any number of area restaurants, tasting rooms, or events. See a full range of opportunities at

Here are some choices from nearby areas:


The Lincoln Farms Light Up the Fourth at the Farm is free admission but there is a cash-only parking charge. (Lincoln Farms, 3792 RT-247, Canandaigua, NY). There will be Live Music by ROC Star Academy, food available for purchase, adult and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, and fireworks after dark. They open at 1:00 p.m. and shut down at 10:00 p.m. Between those hours there are lawn games and visits with live goats. Check their website ( for full details.

At Kershaw Park, the Beach will be open from 10:00 a.m. To 9:00 p.m. For more information call the Bath House at 585-396-5082. The City will also host a parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. down Main Street from the City Hall south to Lakeshore Drive and finally at Booth Street.

Ithaca and Tompkins County

  • June 30 – Groton Elementary School Field will feature a fireworks show and have food trucks plus a DJ.
  • July 4 – Taughannock Falls State Park will provide the parking for the fireworks display from Inn at Taughannock Falls.
  • July 1 – Lively Run Dairy will have a Cider Pop-up with Red, White, and Blue Cheese Day.
  • July 1 – Try the Sunset Cruise aboard the MV Teal, operated by Discover Cayuga Lake. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but you will need to book online.
  • July 3 – South Hill Cider will host Mondays with MAQ from 5:30 p.m. To 8:30 p.m. This will be an outdoor function, so dress appropriately.

Other Finger Lakes Region Events

  • July 1 – Check out Dwyer Memorial Park in Little Lake (Cortland) from 2:00 p.m. To 10:00 p.m. July 2 is the designated alternate in case of rain.
  • July 8 – Hammondsport/Keuka Lake will sponsor fireworks at 10:00 p.m. and you can watch from the school or fire department.
  • July 2 – Check out what is happening at Clute Memorial Park in Watkins Glen.
  • July 4 – In Branchport/Keuka Lake you can attend the parade at 2:00 p.m. and stay for the 10:00 p.m. Fireworks.

If you were expecting events at Myers Park in Lansing or the Ithaca Rotary Fireworks, they have both been cancelled.

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