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The Consumer Products Safety Commission wants you to know that fireworks are dangerous.

And a local doctor wants to remind people that mixing alcohol and fireworks is an explosive combination.


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.

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Rochester’s New Year’s Eve downtown celebrations kick off at 5:30 Wednesday night, with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

Kids and families skate free from 5:30-7:30 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park Ice Rink, and adults can take over the rink at 8:30.

There are also bouncy houses, clowns, photo booths, a family DJ and more at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Kara Osipovitch organizes special events for the city. She says these kinds of gatherings are essential for a healthy community.

"Having events downtown is incredibly important. We are encouraging people to continue their family traditions downtown and make new ones if they're new to the area. You know, we want to be a part of people's holiday tradition and offering these events is a way for us to ensure that happens."