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SPECIAL EVENT | Independence Day Events


The following Independence Day celebrations will be held in and around Rochester on Thursday, July 4. For more events, visit our online calendar at

City of Rochester: Downtown Rochester. Free festivities start at 7:30 p.m. with a jazz performance by the Jimmie Highsmith Experience featuring vocalist Fatima on the Main Street Bridge, followed by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 9-10:20 p.m with a performance of patriotic favorites. Fireworks choreographed to RPO renditions launch at 10 p.m. Attendees may bring chairs or blankets for viewing of the fireworks show and concerts. Pets are not permitted. The Party in the Park concert features Doug Paisley, Violet Mary, and Americana soul band, Dawes, at the Riverside Festival Site on the corner of Court and Exchange Streets, 5-10 p.m., $2 admission, children under age 12 free, seating for an additional $3. Attendees may not bring their own chairs. For more information, visit or call 311 (outside the City of Rochester call 428-5990).

Town of Brighton: Brighton Chamber of Commerce 5k race, starting at the Brighton Twelve Corners Middle School (2643 Elmwood Ave.) at 8 a.m. The rest of the day features music, food, rides, and activities starting at 2:30 p.m., all of which will take place at Meridian Centre Park (700 Meridian Center Blvd.). Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum: Activities run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and include shooting of the anvil, a grand parade, patriotic concerts, a pie-eating contest, egg toss, sack races, pea-shooter contest, town ball match, children's muster, and the swearing in of new American citizens on the steps of the Town Hall (11 a.m.). Admission is $16.50 for adults, $10.50 for ages 4-16, $13.50 for students and seniors, and free to children 3 & under. 410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 294-8218,

Restore the Fourth Rally: Combat warrantless mass surveillance and fight for your Fourth Amendment rights. Gather at 10 a.m. at Washington Square Park and march to the Federal Building, hear speeches, and participate in activism workshops. Learn more at and