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July 3, 2013

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July

In honor of “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” our local skies will light up with fireworks this Fourth of July holiday weekend. However, the holiday falls on a Thursday this year, resulting in an awkward work schedule for many. Perhaps some will be extremely lucky and have a four-day weekend.

For those looking for ways to celebrate, there is plenty to do in the area.

The Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration over Otsego Lake on Saturday, at about 9 p.m. The department has a lot more to celebrate than Independence Day as it will also host a variety of activities beginning Friday to honor 200 years of organized community service.

The celebration will continue through Saturday night.

“It is going to be fun,” said Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department Captain and bicentennial event coordinator Mike Malloy. “We are having food vendors, games and activities for kids, beverages and live entertainment. There are 42 units in the parade so far – and don’t forget the fireworks. They should be spectacular.”

The bicentennial celebration will begin on Friday at Lake Front Park when the concession stands, games and activities are open to the public. At 5 p.m. special games will be offered at the “Big Wheel.” The band, Scattered Flurries, will play music from the 1970, ‘80s and ‘90s beginning at 8 p.m. Events will continue until 11 p.m.

On Saturday, the celebration will begin at 11 a.m. at Lake Front Park with concessions, gaming at the “Big Wheel” and a Chinese auction. At 6 p.m. the parade will begin on Main Street and end at Lake Front Park. The bicentennial celebration is free and open to the public.

On July 4, Springfield will host its annual parade and festivities — a tradition of 99 years.

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