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Rochester's Fourth of July celebration to feature fireworks, drone light show

WHECTV
Updated: June 29, 2021 10:59 AM
Created: June 29, 2021 10:52 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is returning in 2021 with a drone light show at High Falls.

"As we gather with friends and family to celebrate, let us remember the spirit of Independence Day and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free," Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement Tuesday. "We are happy to once again offer an opportunity for people to gather Downtown to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. I am excited to announce that this year, in addition to the fireworks, Rochester will have a new way to celebrate the 4th of July with the area’s first-ever drone light show! I hope to see you there!"

Firefly, a Detroit-based drone show company, will produce the drown show. The show will feature 200 drones that will make a series of aerial designs for 15 minutes. Watch Firefly’s previous shows here.

The drone show will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on July 4 and officials say it will be best viewed from the High Falls area. Recommended viewing areas include the Pont de Rennes Bridge, High Falls Terrace Park, and the nearby High Falls District.

The fireworks will launch at approximately 10:15 p.m. from the eastern side of the Genesee Riverway Trail, south of the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge. 

Recommended viewing areas for the fireworks show include the Main Street Bridge, the Broad Street Bridge, the Court Street Bridge, Chestnut Street near the Washington Square Garage, and the streets surrounding those areas.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for more comfortable viewing and to not bring pets.

Free parking will be available at the Court Street, South Avenue, Sister Cities, High Falls, and Washington Square garages.

Several streets and pedestrian ways will be closed on July 4 due to the events:

  • Main Street, from St. Paul Street to State Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Court Street Bridge, from Exchange Boulevard to South Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. No parking will be allowed on the bridge at any time Sunday.
  • Broad Street Bridge, from Exchange Boulevard to South Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. No parking will be allowed on the bridge at any time Sunday.
  • The Frank and Janet Lamb Sister Cities Pedestrian Bridge will be closed from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The eastern side of the Genesee Riverway Trail from the Time Warner Cable building to South Avenue will close from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
  • No stopping will be allowed on the Inner Loop or I-490.

For more information on the celebration, click here.

A list of other Fourth of July celebrations in the Rochester area can be found here.


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