Parades, Picnics, Music Aplenty, Beginning Tonight

Parades, Picnics, Music

Aplenty, Beginning Tonight

Oneonta's fireworks are at dusk on the Fourth in Neahwa Park.  Cooperstown's are at dusk this evening; join the fun at Lakekfront Park.
Oneonta’s fireworks are at dusk on the Fourth in Neahwa Park (the image is from Lettis Highway in 2014); Cooperstown’s are at dusk this evening; join the fun at Lakekfront Park.

From quiet concerts and picnics, to the blasts of fireworks and  muskets, there’s something for everyone this Independence Day weekend in Otsego County, kicking off with fireworks over Otsego Lake at dusk on Friday, July 3.  Watch them from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park.

Other than a bit of rain possible Saturday, and weather’s supposed to be close to perfect, as you enjoy:

R U TUFF eNUFF: Celebrate YOUR independence by proving you are Tuff eNuff at Leaf’s annual 5K obstacle course.  The race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. July 4 with four noncompetitive waves, a kids run and a competitive race.

SOUNDS OF 1776: At The Farmers’ Museum, experience the first Independence Day with a militia muster and a 1 p.m. July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 5775 Rte. 80, Cooperstown. Info,

OLDEST PARADE: The 101st Springfield Center parade kicks off 11 a.m. July 4 from Smith Rd. and Rte. 80.  A celebration follows at the Community Center, concluding with a free concert featuring the Jeff Walton Band at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk, at Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Cty. Rd. 31, Cooperstown. Info, (315) 858-0304.

HOMETOWN CELEBRATION: Oneonta’s “Hometown 4th” begins with a noon July 4 parade down Main Street to Neahwa Park. Free entertainment starts 1 p.m. in the park; Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Details, lineup at

BOAT PARADE: The Otsego Lake Association is planning its second annual “We Love Our Lake” decorated boat parade on the Fourth of July, beginning at 6 p.m., rain or shine.  Gather at Three Mile Point.

POTLUCK CONCERT: Catskill Conservatory hosts a free “Quiet Concert for the Fourth” 4 p.m. July 4, followed by a potluck supper. Windfall Dutch Barn, Salt Springville. Info,

CELEBRATE MUSIC: Glimmerglass Festival hosts a Town of Springfield Appreciation Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Tickets $5. Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 Rte. 80, Cooperstown. Info, (315) 858-2691.