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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?