ITHACA, N.Y. — Fireworks will go off tonight — Wednesday, July 1 — in Ithaca’s Stewart Park.

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“Fireworks are a GO for Stewart Park this evening,” said Common Council member Deb Mohlenhoff on Twitter. “See you all there!!”

The rain date is July 2, though odds are looking good that tonight will be clear, according to Cornell Weather.

There was also this preview from Sweet Melissa’s ice cream:

Here’s more on tonight’s festivities, from IthacaFireworks.com:

The Fireworks will launch off the Newman Municipal Golf Course. Live Entertainment, Food, Children’s activities and more will be in Stewart Park where the official celebration will take place.

Schedule of Events
6pm – 9:30pm – Music, Games, and Picnic

9:30pm – National Anthem and Welcome from the Mayor
9:45pm – Fireworks Launch

Food Vendors
Concessions will be available for purchase including Hot Dogs, vegetarian items as well as beverages and sides. The funds from these will assist in funding the event.

Mayor Svante Myrick spearheaded the efforts to bring this important community celebration back to the City of Ithaca for the July 4th holiday in 2012.

“I worked hard to bring the fireworks back because Independence Day has always been my favorite holiday.  It’s one night where every family – no matter where you live, how much money you make, or what your political beliefs are – can come together and look up at the same shared night sky.  It’s a celebration of our Country’s independence, and a celebration of our entire community” said Myrick.

The fireworks will be launched from Newman Municipal Golf Course, which will be closed to pedestrian traffic at 9pm. The Waterfront Trail will reopen to pedestrian traffic after the display is complete.

Parking in Stewart Park will be limited to those requiring handicap accessible parking, event volunteers, and event sponsors and donors. Patrons can park and walk to the fireworks from Boynton Middle School or Ithaca High School by utilizing the entry and exit from Lake Street. Visitors may also Park and Ride the TCAT bus from Downtown Ithaca (Seneca St, Albany St, or Green St stops) plus regular stops serving Cayuga Street in Fall Creek.

Although fireworks may be seen from all over the City of Ithaca, these sites are not coordinated by the Fireworks Committee. The official viewing site is at Stewart Park.

You can park and walk to the fireworks at Boynton Middle School or Ithaca High School or you can Park and Ride the bus from Downtown Ithaca (Seneca St or Green St stops).

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.