America’s birthday is quickly approaching and towns across the region are getting ready to celebrate.

Several local communities (and some a little further away) are holding July 4th celebrations to mark the 236th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Fun fact about the Declaration of Independence: Of the 13 original colonies, only New York’s delegation tried to abstain during the July 2nd resolution vote for independence. They later voted ‘yes,’ making it unanimous.

July 4th celebrations, in order of town name:

 

 

 

Hamilton:

- July 4th Parade starts at 11 a.m. starting from the airport and marching towards town.

- Fireworks will be held at Colgate University at dusk.

Old Forge:

- Floyd Community Instrumental Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. on the Old Forge lakefront. Fireworks will follow over Old Forge Pond, rain or shine.

Sylvan Beach:

- Fireworks will be held over Oneida Lake after dark (approximately 10 p.m.)

Utica:

- Proctor Park is holding a festival with music, food, children’s rides and other family activities. At 6 p.m., a parade will be held down Culver Avenue and ending at Proctor Park. A beer garden will also be available, serving Saranac brews.

-Fireworks are scheduled to begin at Proctor Park between 9 and 9:30, depending on the darkness.

Whitesboro:

- Fritz’s Polka band will play at 6:30 p.m. on the village green, with food and other activities available starting at 6.

-Presbyterian Church  in Whitesboro is also holding a dinner at 6 p.m.