Annual July 4th Celebration in Downtown Rochester

fireworks-stillCelebrate Independence Day with the Rochester Philharmonic and Fireworks in Downtown Rochester!

Each year, Rochester celebrates the July 4th Independence Day holiday in style with a spectacular display of fireworks. Festivities begin on the Main Street Bridge, from South Ave to Exchange.

Fireworks Display begins at 10 p.m.

People gather at 7:30 p.m. on the Main St. Bridge as the evening kicks off with a jazz performance on the Main St. Bridge by the acclaimed Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Band.  The RPO, featuring Conductor Ward Stare, will follow with a performance of patriotic favorites from 9-10:15 p.m., on the Main Street Bridge featuring a spectacular fireworks display over Downtown at 10 p.m.!  

Best Fireworks Viewing Spots     

  •  Main Street Bridge     
  • Broad Street Bridge      
  • Chestnut Street near the Washington Square Garage 
  • Streets surrounding these areas 


Park for free!

  • South Avenue Garage, 39 Stone Street    
  • Court Street Garage, 194 Court Street  
  • Sister Cities Garage, 28 N. Fitzhugh Street
  • Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd.     

Street Closures

  • Main Street, from St. Paul St. to State St. will be closed from 6 a.m. on July 4 until 2 a.m. on  July 5.     
  • The Sister Cities Bridge will close to pedestrians, 6 - 11 p.m.;     
  • Eastern side of the Genesee Riverway Trail from the Time Warner Cable building to South Ave. will close 1-10:30 p.m.;     
  • No stopping will be allowed on Route 490 or the Inner Loop.