If you're into celebrating this nation's birth, there's no shortage of things to do. Here's just a few options taking place this Wednesday, July 4, but check out our listings online at rochestercitynewspaper.com for more. All events take place on the holiday except where noted.
The City of Rochester's annual Independence Day bash kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with music by Paul C. Boutte and the Motown Review, followed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at 9 p.m., leading up to fireworks over the Genesee River at 10 p.m. Recommended spots to set up your lawn chair or blanket include the Main Street Bridge, Broad Street Bridge, Chestnut Street near the Washington Square Garage, or any street where you have a clear view of the sky. Visit cityofrochester.gov/july4 to learn where you can park for free, what streets will be closed, and other details.
There's nothing quite like the spectacle of simultaneously viewing the city's fireworks as well as many of the 'burbs light shows. The Penthouse at One East Avenue will host "360 Degrees of Fireworks," on Wednesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. From the rooftop you'll be able to see just about every display in the county, and enjoy ice cream and adult beverages for purchase. Admission is $5, family friendly. RSVP at eventbrite.com.
If you're not a night owl or have tiny tots, a good option is the daytime "A Bang-Up Fourth," presented by Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford) on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tradition abounds with marching bands, games, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and picnic plates for purchase. And at 11 a.m. the museum will hold the swearing-in of nearly 50 new American citizens on the steps of the Town Hall, immediately followed by the 19-century alternative to fireworks: the firing of a 100-pound anvil several hundred feet into the air. $14-$22, kids 3 and younger free. 538-6822; gcv.org.
Maybe the mid-week celebration isn't going to work for you. Americana Vineyards Winery (4367 East Covert Road) is having a 4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash on Saturday, July 7, from noon to 11 p.m., featuring food, drinks, and music all day, capped by a fireworks finale at 10 p.m. $5, kids under 13 free. You can bring a cooler but don't BYOB. americanavineyards.com.