Fireworks for the Independence Day weekend, the safe way

Celebrate the 4th of July, but do it safely, the Ithaca Fire Department reminds us! There are professional fireworks shows the next few days around Ithaca.

Candor kicks off the weekend’s fireworks with a show starting at dusk on Friday. They also have a carnival and plenty more going on through the weekend, with a parade on the 4th.

Assuming the weather holds, there are three fireworks shows scheduled for Saturday night, July 1 in the Ithaca area. Americana Winery in Interlaken has their annual Birthday BBQ Bash from 12-11pm with music from Purple Valley, Backtalk Band, Thru Spectrums, City Limits, and the Jeff Love Band leading up to the fireworks show.

Plenty of fireworks this holiday weekend without endangering yourself! 14850 file photo.

Also Saturday are the annual fireworks shows at Taughannock Falls State Park and at Lansing’s Myers Park.

Ithaca’s community fireworks are in conjunction with the Ithaca Rotary Club for the first time this year! There will be food trucks at two main viewing locations, Stewart Park and Cass Park, so bring the kids out for a fun evening on Monday, July 3.

The Ithaca fireworks will be at about 9:45pm on Monday, with the Jeff Love Band playing both before and after, at Stewart Park. That’s the spot with most of the food vendors, too, including Silo Truck, On the Street, Sweet Melissa’s, and Copper Horse Coffee, with Dos Amigos Tacos and Meg A Moo’s Ice Cream over at Cass Park.

Parking for the Ithaca fireworks at Stewart Park will be restricted to vendors, event volunteers, and those with handicap permits. Parking will be available at Ithaca High School, and TCAT is running free shuttle bus service to Stewart Park from downtown! Buses marked “Fireworks” will start about 7:30pm and run from the Albany at State Street stop, Green Street station, and Seneca Street station, about every ten minutes until 9:30. The buses will stop along Cayuga Street to pick people up, but only as far as Lincoln Street. Return buses will be available from the Stewart Park bus stop circle after the fireworks end until 11:15pm, but be sure to head to the buses after the festivities end if you want to be sure to catch one.

The Ithaca Fire Department’s Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. reminds us that kids should never play with fireworks. Even friendly-seeming sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees — hot enough to melt gold! He adds that even though small fireworks are now legal in some counties in New York State, that’s not true in Ithaca and Tompkins County — even if you’ve found them for sale nearby.

If you’re heading out for fireworks, please leave your dogs at home! Even the most relaxed pup can be startled by fireworks, and might run off.

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