Celebrating the Fourth of July in Rochester

image of fireworks over downtown rochester

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Rochester

Food, fireworks, freedom, and fun. It must be the Fourth of July. If you find yourself in Rochester this summer and looking for a place to celebrate, look no further. We’ve curated a list of events and celebrations happening in Rochester and in the surrounding areas, so you can find the perfect place to celebrate for you.

For the Flower City Fanatic:

If you live and breathe Rochester, then there is no better spot for you than the celebration in Downtown Rochester at Main Street Bridge. Live music starts at 7 pm and at 10 pm, you can witness fireworks over the picturesque Genesee River. Word on the street is the best viewing spots are Main Street Bridge, Broad Street Bridge, and Near the Washington Square Garage. Plus, there’s free parking.

Downtown Rochester during the firework celebration

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For the Art Junkie:

If you prefer an art scene and are willing to make the drive, Batavia is hosting the 41st Annual GO ART! Picnic in the Park. The picnic runs from 11-5 pm and you can expect live entertainment as well as food vendors and arts and crafts booths. You can save it to your Facebook events calendar here.

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For the Old Soul:

If you’re looking for a classic and traditional 4th of July then head to the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Celebration. Held at the Greece Town Hall campus, there are food trucks, musical performers, and fireworks at dusk. If you’re an early bird, there’s even a 5K that very morning! You can see the full schedule of events on the Facebook event page.

Annual 4th of July 5k Run


For the Homebody:

If you’re not sure if you really want to go anywhere, but would perhaps still like to see some fireworks and celebrate a little bit, then the Town of Henrietta  Independence Day Celebration might be for you. Head to the Henrietta Senior Center for the Annual Craft and Garage Sale, happening from 9 am to 2 pm. When 4 pm rolls around, head to the Veterans Memorial Park for live music, activities, and food vendors, ending the night with a grand finale of fireworks at 9:40 pm.

firework display

For the Lake Lover:

Is the word “lake” equivalent to “summer” for you? If that’s the case, drive over to Canandaigua, where you can experience a full day of festivities. Start the day with a parade at 10 am, then head to Kershaw park for a community picnic at 3 pm. Finally, end your day by tuning in to some live music (6-9 pm) and watching the fireworks blast off at 9:45 pm.

community sitting in kershaw park, enjoying the 4th celebration

For the Plant Person

If you’re not really into the whole “cookout and fireworks” scene, then the Fourth of July can still be a great day to enjoy some other festivities. From 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion in Canandaigua offers a $1 admission special to NY State Residents to celebrate the holiday. You can spend your day off strolling through flower-filled gardens, touring the beautiful mansion, or picnicking under the trees.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion in Canandaigua flyer offering $1 admission to NY residents

These are just a few of the highlights of what Rochester and the surrounding areas are offering on the Fourth of July. From classic fireworks to picnics in the park, there’s something for everyone. Put on your red, white, and blue and enjoy the holiday. What will you be up to?

Lea is an Industrial Design student with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Outside of writing for Behind the Bricks, Lea dedicates her time on campus to Cru, and she loves trying unusual ice cream flavors, swing dancing, and bullet journaling.

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