3 Places to Enjoy the Fireworks Downtown this 4th of July

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The 4th of July is our chance to celebrate our independence and celebrate and thank those who have fought for our independence.  It's a chance to be with our friends and family and why not do so while enjoying the fireworks Downtown.

Not sure where to go or the best places to view the fireworks when they go off at 10pm? Here are the best 3 places:

1. On the Main Street Bridge with the RPO

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Each year, the RPO shares their talents with the city for FREE on the 4th of July. This year's concert will again be held on the Main Street Bridge. It starts at 9pm, but you may want to plan on getting there early to find a place to sit (or stand). They play until the fireworks go off at 10!

Other Bridges to Watch From: Court Street & Broad Street

Details: City of Rochester Website

2. From a High-rise Apartment (yours or a friend's)

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If you have friends in high places, or happen to be one of the many who are moving back downtown to enjoy high-rise living at places like Tower280 and The Metropolitan, then this is for you. For those who've chosen to live downtown and have a loft, condo, or apartment (or rooftop space) facing the Susan B. Anthony Bridge, then you are set. Gather your friends and celebrate.

3. A Parking Garage Rooftop

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If you're planning on parking in a parking garage anyway... why not get to the top for a great view? The closest would be the Court Street Garage and the Washington Square Park Garage, or you could even try the Sister Cities Garage or South Ave Garage. Oh and p.s. parking in these four garages is FREE for the 4th.

Bonus: Often you can even see fireworks going off in the surrounding towns at the same time.

BONUS: Corn Hill Landing

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Stand or sit along the river OR if you planned ahead maybe you already made reservations at Tony D's or one of the other restaurants along the water. Either way, you'll be front row for the show come 10 o'clock.

Whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends!


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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She thinks city life is where it's at and is excited for more and more people to enjoy things like this in the years to come. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.