News Release -- Independence Day in Downtown Rochester Features Music by the RPO, Fireworks and Fun

 City of Rochester 

News Release


(Tuesday, July 3, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren is pleased to announce that Rochester will continue its annual July 4 Independence Day Celebration Downtown with fireworks set to a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) performance on the Main Street Bridge.

The evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a jazz performance on the Main Street Bridge by Paul C. Boutte and the Motown Review. The RPO, featuring Conductor Ward Stare, will follow with a performance of patriotic favorites from 9 - 10:15 p.m., featuring a spectacular fireworks display over Downtown at 10 p.m. All events are free.

 “As we gather with friends and family to enjoy the fireworks, let us remember the spirit of Independence Day and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free,” said Mayor Warren. “We are happy to once again offer an opportunity for people to gather Downtown to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends while listening to the world-class RPO. The July 4th fireworks display is a favorite Rochester tradition that enhances the quality of life in our city and increases the vitality of our neighborhoods. We hope to see you there.”

Free parking is available at the Court Street, South Avenue, Sister Cities and Washington Square garages.

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

The fireworks will be launched from the eastern side of the Genesee Riverway Trail, south of the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for more comfortable viewing. Please refrain from bringing pets for everyone’s safety.

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