---- — 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.
This year’s parade theme is “Of the People, By the People, For the People.” Iver Lindberg, owner of Springfield Tractor & Implement LLC, has been chosen to be the grand marshal.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on the south end of the hamlet at Smith Road, and will end at the Springfield Community Center, where spectators are urged to come early and park for free. Special guest “Abraham Lincoln” will be on hand to recite The Gettysburg Address, to honor the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. There will be live music, a Brooks’ chicken barbecue, quilt show, games, displays and more to enjoy after the parade.
The Otsego Land Trust invites the public to enjoy fireworks over Otsego Lake from Brookwood Point on Saturday.
Admission, $5 a person or $25 for families of six or more, will be used to contribute directly to assuring Brookwood Point can remain a public site for all to enjoy.
Brookwood Point is located at 6000 State Route 80 (West Lake Road) in Cooperstown. For more information, visit www.otsegolandtrust.org or call Marcie Foster at 547-2366.
The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will mark Independence Day on July 4 with the sounds of 1776. Visitors will be able to hear the muskets blast and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. on the historic village green. Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy the traditional 19th century music performed by Katie Boardman throughout the day.
Ongoing demonstrations will include blacksmithing, printing, open hearth cooking and more. Special highlight activities will take place at select times. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
Fireworks and Fourth of July are tied together like peas and pods. However, we ask that you leave the setting off of the loud bangers to the professionals. Accidents happen, but we can reduce the number of accidents — and in turn, the injuries and fatalities that accompany them.
Be sure to get out and celebrate Independence Day, but remember to be safe.