Sunday, June 29, 2008



Mayor Robert J. Duffy today announced that the City will light up the downtown skies with a spectacular fireworks show to celebrate our country's freedom, 10 p.m., Fri., July 4.

"Downtown is the place to be this 4th of July," said Mayor Duffy. "We will kick-off the holiday weekend with the start of the all-new ‘River City Rhythms’ concert series and conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. It will be a fitting commemoration to our nation's independence and a very exciting night."

The FREE "River City Rhythms" concert, featuring Dixieland jazz band the Smugtown Stompers (5:30-6:30 p.m.) and party-time band Orient Express (7:30-9:30 p.m.) is located along the west side of the Genesee River at Exchange Blvd. and Plymouth Ave. near Corn Hill Landing. The fireworks can be viewed from the concert location.

Other recommended fireworks viewing areas include the Main St. Bridge, the Broad St. Bridge, Chestnut St. near the Washington Square Garage and the streets surrounding those areas.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for more comfortable viewing of the fireworks show and to refrain from bringing pets for everyone's safety. Free parking is available at the Washington Square, Court St., and Sister Cities garages. The fireworks are produced by the City and co-sponsored by Freetime, Entercom Radio, WBEE and The Buzz.

The entrance ramp to I-490 E off the Inner Loop westbound will close, 12 noon-- midnight; the Sister Cities bridge will close to pedestrians, 6--11 p.m.; Court St., from Exchange Blvd. to South Ave. will close, 8--10:45 p.m.; Woodbury Blvd., from St. Mary's Place to South Ave. will close to vehicles and pedestrians, 9--10:45 p.m.; South Ave., from Broad St. to Griffith St. will close, 9:45--10:45 p.m.; No stopping will be allowed on Route 490.

Any cancellations due to weather will be broadcast from Entercom stations or call 311 (outside the city of Rochester call 428-5990).

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