ROCHESTER — Town has unveiled particulars for the fireworks present it plans to carry Saturday, July 3, in celebration of Independence Day, after a one-year hiatus because of COVID-19.
“The festivities will likely be extra scaled down this 12 months, because of public well being considerations,” mentioned Chris Bowlen, Recreation Division director. “Now we have no plans to scale down the present itself. The fireworks will likely be nearly as good as they’ve ever been with a tremendous grand finale.”
The Recreation Division and Rochester Major Avenue are working collectively to handle fireworks, parking, and leisure on the Group Heart-Spaulding Excessive College campus. Starting at 7:30 p.m., there will likely be music on the soccer discipline and some distributors on web site. The general public is inspired to deliver camp chairs, blankets, and so forth.
Organizers are asking attendees to depart canine and different pets at dwelling. Pets will not be allowed on college grounds. Private fireworks, sparklers, and different novelties of any form are NOT allowed.
For the reason that festivities will likely be restricted this 12 months, Rochester Major Avenue volunteers are encouraging attendees to spend time downtown earlier than the present.
“We’re encouraging folks to eat and store downtown earlier than and after the present,” mentioned Jeff Bisson of Rochester Major Avenue. “This celebration attracts lots of people and we hope they take the chance to see all the things we’ve got to supply.”
Many Major Avenue companies will likely be taking part in Independence Week, a promotion meant to draw folks downtown for quite a lot of specials, reductions and extra.
“Major Avenue will likely be handing out flyers on the night time of the third,” mentioned Bisson. “Anybody that presents the flyer within the taking part companies may have entry to the specials.”
The fireworks will happen on the Group Heart-Spaulding Excessive College campus at roughly 9:30 p.m. Parking will likely be out there on-site, alongside Wakefield Avenue, and in downtown municipal tons. Organizers warn attendees to plan forward for parking, as on-site parking areas are restricted and out there on a first-come-first-serve foundation.
“We encourage households and teams to park downtown and stroll to the Group Heart for the occasion, leaving close by parking out there for those who must be nearer,” mentioned Bowlen. “Plan to reach early, benefit from the music, stroll round. I don’t suggest arriving half-hour earlier than the present.”
The James W. Foley Memorial Group Heart (previously Rochester Group Heart) is situated at 150 Wakefield St., behind Spaulding Excessive College. Rain date for the fireworks is Monday, July 5, roughly 9:30 p.m. Contact Rochester Major Avenue through rochestermainstreet.org for questions and volunteer alternatives.