Rochester Ready to Celebrate the Nation's Birthday

Jul 3, 2013

Downtown Rochester should be buzzing Thursday night as the annual Fourth of July Celebration features food, music and fun for the whole family.

City Special Events Manager Margaret Reichert says the band Dawes kicks things off at 5 o'clock at the Riverside Festival Site.
Then it's jazz with the Jimmie Highsmith Experience and vocalist Fatima on the Main Street Bridge.
The Rochester Philarmonic Orchestra then plays right up to the fireworks around 10pm.

Reichert says there's free parking at  the Sister Cities, South Avenue and Court Street garages.

She says the best viewing spots for the fireworks include the Main Street and Broad Street Bridges, Chestnut Street near the Washington Square Garage, or at the Riverside Festival Site at Court and Exchange Streets.

Reichert adds Main Street from St. Paul to State Street will be closed from 6 a.m. Thursday to about 2 a.m. Friday.
She says they plan year-round for events like this.