List of July 4th fireworks shows, parades, events in and around Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Independence Day is fast approaching and fireworks will soon light up the sky, from the Flower City, to the Finger Lakes, and beyond.

Here’s a running list of what local events that you and your family can participate in this holiday weekend:


  • July 4th:
    • 7 p.m. — Zac Brown Tribute Band at Frontier Field
    • 10 p.m. — Drone light show at High Falls
      • Best viewed from the High Falls area. Recommended viewing areas include the Pont de Rennes Bridge, High Falls Terrace Park and the nearby High Falls District.
    • 10:15 p.m. — Downtown fireworks show
      • Launched from the eastern side of the Genesee Riverway Trail, south of the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for more comfortable viewing and to please refrain from bringing pets.
      • Recommended viewing areas for the fireworks show include the Main Street Bridge, the Broad Street Bridge, the Court Street Bridge, Chestnut Street near the Washington Square Garage and the streets surrounding those areas.
      • More information on City of Rochester’s 4th of July event plans can be found online.


  • July 4th:
    • 7 a.m. — 5K Freedom Run Registration
    • 7:30 a.m. — 5K Freedom Run begins
      • A t-shirt and medal will be given to every participant.
    • 9 a.m. — Super Hero Sprint
    • 4:30 p.m. — Shuttle service begins
      • RTS shuttle busses will transport residents from Greece Athena High School to the Greece Town Hall Campus. Shuttles will run continuously from 4:30 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. Riders are asked to wear a mask if taking the shuttle.
    • 5:30 p.m. — Food trucks open
    • 6 p.m. — Bounce houses and activities for kids
    • 6 p.m. — Nik and the Nice Guys will perform live music
    • 8 p.m. — Featured performer Gary Lewis and the Playboys will perform live music
    • 9:45 p.m. — Fireworks display


  • July 4th:
    • 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. — 2 Mile Fun Run/10K race
    • 11 a.m. — Independence Day Parade
      • Cooper Road & Titus Avenue
    • 1 p.m. — Reading of the Declaration of Independence
      • Takes place on the steps of the Town Hall campus
    • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. — Music on the Town Hall West Lawn
      • Music performed by John Akers
      • Food trucks will be available on site
    • Approximately 9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display
      • Town Hall campus and vicinity


  • July 3rd:
    • 10 a.m. — Independence Day Parade
      • The parade will take the route of Five Mile Line Rd. south to Route 441, east on Route 441 to Baird Rd., and north on Baird Rd., ending at Penfield Community Center at 1985 Baird Rd.
    • 10 p.m. — Fireworks display
      • Fireworks will be launched from Harris Whalen Park and be visible from neighborhoods and parking lots of businesses all around the park. Vehicles and parking will be prohibited in the park but people who choose to walk in may set up chairs and blankets for viewing.


  • July 4th:
    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Craft show and garage sale
      • At the Henrietta Senior Center
    • 7 p.m. — Live music and fireworks
      • Parking opens at 7 p.m. with music provided by Brass Taxi and fireworks to follow


  • July 4th:
    • 8 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. — Live music
      • Performance by The Skycoasters
    • 9:50 p.m. — Fireworks display
      • At Meridian Centre


  • July 3rd:
    • 8 a.m. — Firecracker 5K Run and Race
    • 10 a.m. — Independence Day Parade
      • Parade will proceed north on Potter Place, turn west on W. Church Street and end at Perinton Park.


  • July 4th:
    • 1:30 p.m. — Canandaigua Fourth of July Parade
      • Main Street parade with a theme of “A community of heroes”
    • All day — $1 admission to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansions
      • Special price for New York state residents all day long
    • 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. — Lincoln Hill Farms host free 4th of July celebration
      • 3792 NY 247, Canandaigua
      • Fireworks, farm-to-table food and family-friendly fun. The Fourth of July celebration will include over 95 acres of outdoor space, with craft brews and beverages from the farm’s two-story silo bar, live music by ROC Star Academy, lawn games, a goat petting area and a fireworks show at dark. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and stay to enjoy the afternoon on the farm.

Sodus Point

  • July 3rd:
    • 9:30 p.m. — Fireworks Display
      • Sodus Point Village


  • July 3rd:
    • 10 p.m. — Fireworks display over Honeoye Lake
      • Viewing area at Sandy Bottom Park at dusk


  • July 4th:
    • 9:45 p.m. — Fireworks display
      • See the show from Mark Tubbs Village Park on Ziegler Drive


  • July 3rd:
    • 10 p.m. — Conesus Lake Ring of Fire
      • Visitors can watch from Long Point Park on Route 256 and Long Point Road


  • July 4th:
    • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Independence Day Celebration at Genesee Country Village & Museum
      • Patriotic musical performances, 19th century style parade, pie eating contest, historic games:
        • Visit Genesee Country Village & Museum on Sunday, July 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a lively celebration of America’s birth. Visitors will enjoy patriotic musical performances and an array of activities such as a 19th Century-style parade around the Historic Village, a pie eating contest, historic games, demonstrations of traditional trades by costumed historical interpreters, a vintage Ladies’ Base Ball Game, picnicking on the Great Meadow, and more. The celebration will include readings of the Declaration of Independence and Fredrick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by David Shakes of the North Star Players. Visitors will enjoy complimentary birthday cake (while supplies last) in celebration of GCV&M’s 45th Anniversary this season. The Depot Restaurant and Freight House Pub will be serving hot dogs, burgers, craft beer, cider, and soft drinks, and Independence Day Cake will be available for purchase in the historic Confectionery. GCV&M invites everyone to attend the Independence Day Celebration for an afternoon of festivities, food, and family fun.
        • Tickets can be purchased at the door or pre-ordered at Admission: adults: $23, seniors (62+): $20, students (13 – 18): $20, youth (3 – 12): $17, children (2 and under): free. Pre-registration is not required, but tickets are limited and will be available online and day-of at the door until the event is sold out.
        • In accordance with the New York State Department of Health guidelines on mask-wearing and COVID safety regulations, fully vaccinated adults no longer need to wear a mask on Museum grounds. Unvaccinated adults and children under 12 should continue to wear a mask when inside any Museum building.

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