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Huge crowd expected for fireworks and concerts on Independence Day


The City of Rochester will be celebrating the 4th of July with free concerts and fireworks. Local salsa group Orquestra Antonetti, and soul groups Paul Boutte & the Motown Revue, and Divine Nature will be performing downtown starting at 7 p.m. 

One big fan of the music is the organizer, City’s Special Events Manager Kara Osipovitch.

“They are a lot of fun to watch. The crowd tends to sing along. They know the music. So it will be a lot of fun,” said Osipovitch.

You might want to get there early, Osipovitch said between 30,000 and 40,000 people typically attend this event. She said there are great views of the fireworks on the Board Street and Main Street bridges as well as on Chestnut Street near Washington Square Park.

“I know I’m biased but I truly believe that watching the fireworks over the Genesee River and seeing the city framed by all the beautiful buildings is the absolute best way to see fireworks on the 4th of July,” said Osipovitch.

The city is offering free parking in the South Ave, Sister Cities, Washington Square, and Court Street garages. The fireworks start at 10 p.m.

The following streets will be closed because of the event:

  • 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 from 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 Interstate 490 or the Inner Loop.
James Brown is a reporter with WXXI News. James previously spent a decade in marketing communications, while freelance writing for CITY Newspaper. While at CITY, his reporting focused primarily on arts and entertainment.