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ITHACA, NY – TCAT will operate free, convenient bus service for the Ithaca Community Fireworks Celebration held in Stewart Park on the night of Sun. July 3. (Rain date is Tues., July 5).

Buses with destination signs on the front of the buses marked “Fireworks” will begin service, approximately every 10 minutes, starting at 7:30 p.m., from Albany St. @ State St. (Salvation Army), Green Street Station and Seneca Street Station. Service to Stewart Park will end at 9:30 p.m., just before fireworks are scheduled to begin.

The “Fireworks” buses will also stop at all intersections along Cayuga Street, only as far as Lincoln Street. There will be no pick‑up/drop‑off service from Lincoln Street to Stewart Park.

Those attending the event can also park their vehicles and walk to Stewart Park from the Ithaca High School and Boynton Junior High School parking lots.

After the fireworks show, passengers are asked to immediately board in the entryway circle in Stewart Park for their return trip.

Those wishing to enjoy the fireworks are urged to take advantage of the well‑lighted and convenient parking in downtown parking garages. Another plus: parking is free in downtown garages on Sundays! This fun community event is co-sponsored by the City of Ithaca and Friends of Stewart Park, supported by numerous volunteers, and funded solely by donations.

In addition, TCAT will not operate service and administrative offices will be closed on Mon., July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

Regular service will resume and administrative offices will be open on Tues., July 5.

TCAT provides service 360 days a year. The system does not operate on New Year’s Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day so that all employees can enjoy those holidays with their friends and loved ones.

Michael Smith

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