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Fourth of July

Springfield Parade

Springfield ‘Fourth’ parade a big hit

Pals Emma Dawson, left, and Meadow Aramini are all ready to pedal their way along the parade route for the Town of Springfield’s festive Fourth of July Parade, held under postcard-perfect skies with hundreds lining the street to celebrate the day. This week’s edition of The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta features plenty of pictures from Springfield and Oneonta parades and the Otsego Lake Association’s July 3 boat parade. On sale Wednesday afternoon!
Editorial: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson: Written in Stone

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The worst of the pandemic, perhaps, in the rear view; a nation tired and shaken looks for a way to celebrate its birthday in public for the first time in two years.


We spent the morning in Springfield Center, delighted and refreshed as the crowd grew in happy anticipation of the return of the Town’s rightfully heralded Fourth of July Parade. A joy to behold, a joy to talk with the participants as they lined up for the 11 a.m. step-off. Moms and dads, children and grandparents, friends and neighbors coming together on a postcard-perfect morning to celebrate the nation and salute the first responders, the veterans, the children, the bands so proudly marching by.

Then, the drive back to Cooperstown brings news of a wholly different parade experience in Highland Park, Illinois, one in which seven died and dozens were injured because this country has failed, repeatedly, to ban the sale of assault weapons. Because it was more important for Congress to pull a muscle patting itself on the back last week for passing “groundbreaking gun safety legislation” strong enough to barely break a pencil in half. Good job, Congress. You blew it, again.

Hometown 4th: Oneonta to revive holiday celebration

Hometown 4th: Oneonta to revive holiday celebration

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA — The Hometown 4th Festival will return to Oneonta’s Neahwa Park to celebrate the July Fourth holiday next weekend, with a theme of honoring essential workers.

The goal is to honor the workers, including grocery store staff, teachers, police officers, firefighters and healthcare workers, who took risks for the community good during the coronavirus pandemic, according to festival officials.

“We wanted to do everything we could to let them know that the First Night Board and the whole community appreciates them,” First Night Board Chair Carol Mandigo said.

The celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, in Neahwa Park, with a free concert by country artist Michael Christopher.

At noon, Sunday, July 4, the parade will line up at Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street.

Lights Light Up Sky Over Cooperstown

Lights Light Up Sky

Over Cooperstown

Hundreds of local folks and visitors listened to the Community Concert Band, directed by Julie Solomon, performed “Stars & Stripes Forever” this evening in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park, with Otsego Lake as a backdrop.  Fireworks followed to rousing applause.  With fireworks last evening in Oneonta, and parades there and in Springfield Center, this evening’s activities signalled the end of this year’s Fourth of July celebration.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Color Run Fun Starts Oneonta 4th Festivities

Color Run Fun Starts

Oneonta 4th Festivities

Sabrina Beckerink and Mica Halleran, Oneonta, run past Abby Lederman, Oneonta, who douses them in blue powder during the Color Run, held this morning in Neahwa Park as part of the city’s annual Hometown 4th of July festivities. The fun continues with a parade at noon, followed by music, games and more in Neahwa park, an Outlaws baseball game and fireworks at dusk. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Crowds Head To Springfield For Fourth Of July Festivitie
2 FIREWORKS THIS EVENING

Crowds Head To Springfield

For Fourth Of July Festivities

Jim Weeks and Noel Dries, pals going back to their Springfield school days, are marshals at today’s parade.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Crowds are headed to Springfield Center from the county and around the country this morning for the 103rd Springfield Fourth of July Parade, one of the oldest in the nation, which begins at 11 a.m.

But that’s not all the Independence Day activity.

The parade ends a bit after noon at the Springfield Community Center, where patriot exercises, a Cooperstown Community Band concert, Brooks BBQ and hot dogs and hamburgers are annual staples.

In the evening, attending turns to Glimmerglass State Park, where the Kenesaw Mountain Boys are performing a free concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

…And in Oneonta, July Fourth Fun

ONEONTA – The City of the Hills’ Fourth of July parade marches down Main Street at noon, ending up in Neahwa Park for the annual Hometown Fourth of July for an afternoon of food, music and games, culminating with fireworks at dusk.

Fourth Of July Fireworks \Light Up Cooperstown Sky

Fourth Of July Fireworks

Light Up Cooperstown Sky

Fourth of July fireworks lit up the sky over Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park a few minutes ago, signalling the end to the annual lakeside picnicking and Cooperstown Community Band concert.  Fireworks are planned at dusk Monday night over Canadarago Lake and on Tuesday in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park – and, also Tuesday, over Glimmerglass State Park, the finale of the Town of Springfield’s daylong celebration that begins with the famous parade at 11 a.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Fireworks Salute Fourth

Fireworks Salute 4th

Fireworks fans watch the grand finale from Cooperstown's Lakefront Park, signalling the arrival of the Fourth of July Weekend, but not hte end of festivities.  Sunday, a boat parade will pass Lakefront Park at 3 p.m.  And Monday, the 102nd Springfield Parade, which draws attendees from all over the country, steps off.  At noon Monday, an Independence Day Parade will process down Main Street, Oneonta, to Neahwa Park, where Hometown Fourth of July celebrations, including free music and a battle of the bands, will be topped at day's end by a fireworks display over the City of the Hills.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Fireworks fans watch the grand finale from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park a few minutes ago, signaling the arrival of the Fourth of July Weekend, but not the end of festivities. Sunday, a boat parade will pass Lakefront Park at 3 p.m. And at 11 a.m. Monday, the actual Fourth of July, the 102nd Springfield Parade, which draws attendees from all over the country, steps off. At noon Monday, an Independence Day Parade will process down Main Street, Oneonta, to Neahwa Park, where the Hometown Fourth of July celebration, including free music and a battle of the bands, will be topped at day’s end by a fireworks display over the City of the Hills. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Hot Dogs Now, Fireworks Later

Hot Dogs Now, Fireworks Later

Rotarian Chuck Newman mans the grill, and Diana Nicols (assisted by daughters Tess, left, and Tara) take orders for dogs and burgers at the club's stand in Cooperstown's Lakefront Park at this hour.  Business will pick up after 5, as Fourth of July celebrants begin arriving in force, and after 7 in particular.  Fireworks start at dusk, which today happens at 9:16 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Rotarian Chuck Newman mans the grill, and Diana Nicols (assisted by daughters Tess, left, and Tara) take orders for dogs and burgers at the club’s stand in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park at this hour.  Business will pick up after 5, as Fourth of July celebrants begin arriving in force, and after 7 in particular.  Fireworks start at dusk, which today happens at 9:16 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Rain On Fourth Delays, But Doesn’t Dampen, Oneonta Parade’s Vitality

Rain On Fourth Delays, But Doesn’t

Dampen, Oneonta Parade’s Vitality

Rain-delayed for 24 hours, Oneonta's third annual Independence Day parade nonetheless lined main street with a cheering crowd at noon today. In top photo are Grand Marshals Tony and Marcella Drago (Coach Drago celebrated his 93rd birthday on the Fourth.) At left, Pastor Ken Zulkosky, Main Street Baptist Church, escorts his granddaughter, Ariana Huynh, 7 months, to her first parade. Right center, The Hill City Rollers, Oneonta's roller-derby team, was, as always, a hit. Lower right, Oneonta's Ewing family, Isabel, 11, Jack 8, mom Sarah and dad Joe, prepared to be wowed. After the parade, the crowd recessed to Neahwa Park for an afternoon of activities. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Rain-delayed for 24 hours, Oneonta’s third annual Independence Day parade nonetheless lined Main Street with a cheering crowd at noon today. In top photo are Grand Marshals Tony and Marcella Drago; (Coach Drago celebrated his 93rd birthday on the Fourth.) At left, Pastor Ken Zulkosky, Main Street Baptist Church, escorts his granddaughter, Ariana Huynh, 7 months, to her first parade. Right center, The Hill City Rollers, Oneonta’s roller-derby team, was, as always, a hit. Lower right, Oneonta’s Ewing family, Isabel, 11, Jack 8, mom Sarah and dad Joe, prepared to be wowed. After the parade, the crowd recessed to Neahwa Park for an afternoon of activities. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

For 30th Year In Row, Heitz Recites Declaration On 4th At Bump Tavern

For 30th Year In Row, Heitz Recites

Declaration On 4th At Bump Tavern

At 1 p.m. today on the steps of the Bump  Tavern, Tom Heitz, the former Hall of Fame librarian, recited the Declaration of Independence in what's become a local Fourth of July tradition.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
At 1 p.m. today on the steps of the Bump Tavern, Tom Heitz, the former Hall of Fame librarian, recited the Declaration of Independence in what’s become a local Fourth of July tradition. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

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, www.farmersmuseum.org.

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 www.hometown4th.com.

Hundreds Attend 100th Celebration Of Springfield Parade At State Park

Hundreds Attend 100th Celebration

Of Springfield Parade At State Park

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fireworks 1The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Springfield Fourth of July Parade continued that evening with a Jeff Walton concert and fireworks at Glimmerglass State Park.  “The turnout was incredible – the very large parking lots at the park were overflowed, and the entire park was full of people,” reports Andrea House, a member of the organizing committee who provided the photos accompanying this article.  Fritz Henry also performed.  “The fireworks were fantastic, judging by the cheers from the crowd, and a fitting end to the day’s success,” House continued.  She said the Fourth of July committee may consider making the concert and fireworks an annual event.

Otsego Lake Association Plans First Fourth Of July Boat Show

Otsego Lake Association Plans

First Fourth Of July Boat Show

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego Lake Association will sponsor its first annual “We Love Our Lake” decorated, judged boat parade at 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, rain or shine.

Paticipating decorated boats will gather off-shore at Three Mile Point, three miles north of Cooperstown on West Lake Road, the start and finish of the parade route.

The SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station’s research vessel, Anondontoides,which will serve as a committee barge of judges and parade officials, will be moored off Three Mile Point.

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