Holiday events are set
TRI-COUNTY AREA--Saturday, July 4 commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, declaring the nation's independence from Great Britain. The day is now a favorite part of a holiday weekend that features celebrations with parades, fireworks, carnivals, concerts and more.
Branchport will be the site of the annual parade honoring the nation's independence Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The parade will proceed through the four-corners area at the village center. There will also be a chicken barbecue at noon and fireworks at 10 p.m. in Branchport.
The Penn Yan Flying Club will host its 68th annual Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast Saturday, July 4 at the Penn Yan Airport. According to the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, the fly-in is one of the longest continuing and largest breakfasts in the country, expecting at least 2,500 attendees and some 100 aircraft to visit.
Breakfast will be served from 6:30 through 11:30 a.m. In addition to food, there will be scenic rides, static displays and musical entertainment. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The event will be held rain or shine.
The Branchport United Methodist Church Red, White and Blue 5K run will take place Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Stever Hill Vineyards in Branchport is also having their Summer Music Series Saturday, featuring the music of Be the Change from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday will culminate with the Night of Lights on Keuka Lake at sundown, with lakeside residents lighting flares to light up the area.
The weekend also features a fireworks display Friday, July 3 at Black Rock Speedway, which begins at dusk. Barnstormer Winery in Rock Stream will also be holding their second Reds, Whites and Blues Fest Friday night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening features live blues by Scott Adams and Brett Beardslee, along with barbecue, cigars and free admission.
Hammondsport's Annual Fireman's Carnival at the firehouse grounds runs Thursday, July 2 through Saturday, July 4, with a fireworks show scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday evening. Hammondsport will also feature their Music in the Park summer concert series with Blues Plate Special Thursday night at the village square from 6 to 8 p.m.
In Watkins Glen, the Chamber of Commerce and Cayuga Health Systems are sponsoring the annual Fourth of July fireworks Friday, July 3, at9:45 p.m. at Clute Memorial Park. The rain date is set for Friday, July 10. Young Explosives Corporation of Rochester will produce the show.
There will also be an "I Love America" concert Saturday, July 4, at Lafayette Park starting at 7 p.m. The show will feature the Sounds of Freedom Choir and the Victory Singers with special guest Gold City. The show is free and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating.
The holiday weekend will conclude with an Americana Concert Sunday, July 5, at the the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and features saxophonist Paul Cohen, Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Richard Auldon Clark and members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. The program will include the music of George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Jerry Goldsmith, Leroy Anderson, Dave Brubeck, Richard Auldon Clark and the Rolling Stones.