A number of cities, towns, and villages across New York state are celebrating Independence Day with fireworks for 2021 after festivities were canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some places you can check out July 4th fireworks in Central and Upstate New York.

New York Fireworks Displays:

Albany - Empire State Plaza - July 4
Alex Bay – Boldt Castle - July 4
• Clifton Park  Clifton Common - July 4
Glens Falls - Washington County Fairgrounds - July 4
• Greenwood Lake - Greenwood Lake - July 4
Hamilton - Colgate University - July 4
• Hinckley - Hinckley Lake - July 2
• Hornell - Veteran's Memorial Park - July 4
Lake George - Waterfront - July 4
Lake Placid – Mirror Lake - July 4
• Lakeville - Conesus Lake - July 3
• Manilus - Village Center - July 3
Margaretville Village Park Field Days - July 4
• Long Lake - Long Lake Town Beach - July 4
• Olcott - Fireworks over Lake Ontario - July 3
• OswegoOswego River - July 4
• Oswego - Oswego Speedway - July 3
• Rochester - Henrietta Recreation Department - July 4
• Piseco Piseco Lake - July 4
 Schroon Lake – Schroon Lake State Park  - July 4
Sherburne - Paddleford Park - July 4
 Sodus Point – Sodus Point Lighthouse - July 3
 Speculator –  Speculator Pavilion - July 3
• Springfield – Glimmerglass State Park - July 4
• Syracuse - Inner Harbor - July 2
Syracuse - New York State Fairgrounds - July 2
• Ticonderoga - Bicentennial Park - July 1-4
• Tupper Lake - Tupper Lake Municipal Park - July 4
• Utica - Proctor Park - July 5
Watertown – Thompson Park - July 1

Did we miss any? Email Polly@BigFrog104.com to add it to the list.

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Northern Lights In Old Forge

It's not really common to see northern lights in Central New York, but photographer Kurt Gardner captured the beautiful conformation of them near Old Forge. We're usually too far south of the North Pole, but sometimes we get lucky.
Auroras are caused by the Sun. The Sun is not only hot and bright, but it's also full of energy and small particles that fall toward Earth. NASA says the protective magnetic field around Earth shields us from most of the energy and particles, and we don't even notice them.
The amount of energy the Sun sends, depends on the streaming solar wind and solar storms. During one kind of solar storm called a coronal mass ejection, the Sun expels a huge bubble of electrified gas that can travel through space at high speeds.
When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth's atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light. Nitrogen glows blue and purple. [NASA]

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