4th of July Weekend is here, and if you and your family are looking for some fun stuff to do, there's no shortage of entertaining activities.

Family Films at the Fort- Friday July 1st (Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome, New York)

Throughout the month of July, Fort Stanwix is hosting a variety of family friendly films. Bring a blanket, and a picnic basket, and enjoy some outdoor entertainment. This weekend, enjoy some fun with the Minions because Despicable Me is playing.

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Prior to making your way to the movie, cool off with an an ice cream cone at nearby Nicky Doodles.


Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration- Monday July 4th ( 137 County Highway 29A, Springfield Center, New York)

Enjoy Independence Day on the shore of shimmering Otsego Lake. Fireworks always look more impressive when they're reflecting off of a body of water, and that's what makes this celebration so awesome.


The display starts promptly at dusk, and directly follows a free bluegrass concert at  Glimmerglass State Park.

Earlier in the day, there's a lot more fun to be had too.  According to Observer Dispatch .Com:

The parade begins at 11 a.m. Follow the parade to the Springfield Community Center for a patriotic celebration featuring live music, Brooks’ Chicken BBQ, Quilt Show, games and activities for the whole family.



Independence Day Celebration- Monday July 4th (Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Highway, East Meridith, New York)

This fun-filled festival is about an hour and a half outside of Utica, but from what we hear, it's worth the trip. Where there's free ice cream,we're there, and this event features delicious samples that are mixed up on a vintage churn from back in the day.

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While you're there, you can tour the Mill and wood working shop. There will also be water and steam powered demonstrations. This "historic" celebration is reminiscent of the 1800's, so get ready for a day of old-fashioned family fun, featuring a fishing derby for the little ones, potato sack races, live music, and a tug o' war.


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