UPDATE 3:27 P.M. –– The Friends of Stewart Park is postponing the Centennial Celebration until July 11.

Original story continues below.

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– As COVID-19 regulations continue to change, many municipalities have found that despite being allowed, fireworks celebrations will be on hold for another year due to inability to properly prepare.

Just four months ago, when preparations would normally begin for places like Stewart and Myers Parks’ fireworks displays, vaccines were still scarce and the ability to gather safely was still a ways off.

The Ithaca Rotary Club released a statement on social media back in May, telling the community that “the celebration will be postponed until July 2022.” The statement goes on to say, “as disappointing as this news is, it is the prudent thing to do. Despite the progress being made on the vaccination front and restrictions being eased, there are still many obstacles and uncertainties with regards to staging an event of this magnitude.”

In Lansing, town officials told Tompkins Weekly that similar logistics concerns have made the annual event at Myers infeasible.

Not to worry though! If the weather holds out, there will be fun Fourth of July events happening this weekend. Check them out below:

Friday, July 2

Town of Groton –– Fireworks at dark, no rain dates, hosting the show in a field between Clark St and Lick St, visible throughout the community (no central gathering area)

Community Fireworks and BBQ Open House at RaNic Golf Club and Parrilla Restaurant (TICKETS SOLD OUT) –– open to the public with reservation required 

Sunday, July 4

 Stewart Park 100th Birthday Bash –– Free carousel rides, remarks from Honorary Centennial Chairperson Mayor Svante Myrick and Friends of Stewart Park Executive Director Rick Manning, music from small ensembles of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and London McDaniel, a memory sharing booth with Story House Ithaca, and (of course) birthday cupcakes. From 1 to 3 p.m., family-friendly

Treleaven Wines 4th of July BBQ with live music –– 1 to 4 p.m, enjoy food, drink and acoustic tunes from Tru Bleu.

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Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com