As we've come to expect, the Rochester area will be full of Independence Day celebrations this weekend. There are far too many to list in one sitting, but below are two of Rochester's more unique takes on celebrating the Fourth of July beyond the traditional fireworks and parades. And the City of Rochester will host its annual firework show on Monday, July 4, with performances by the Judah Sealy Band and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Ward Stare conducting). Music will take place on the Main Street Bridge, and the fireworks start at 10 p.m. cityofrochester.gov.
Along with celebrating its official 40th birthday, the Genesee Country Village and Museum will host an historical accurate Independence Day celebration with practices and pageantry that resemble those of the early-19th century. The festivities include the firing of a 100-pound anvil and music that recalls the 1876 grand parade. Family events such as egg tosses and a pie eating contest will be hosted throughout the day, and there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence and 50 new American citizens officially sworn in. GCVM's Independence Day Celebration takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4, at 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. Tickets are $12-$20. www.gcv.org.
Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum will celebrate the Fourth a day early with a variety of all-day events, including a "kiddie parade" in which children in costume march their own route, breakfast on the bluff that overlooks Lake Ontario, and an arts and crafts show. The lighthouse 5K run will follow, and the Gap Mangione Big Band will play a free outdoor concert. The festivities will wrap up with the Village of Sodus Point setting off a firework show at the pier, which is viewable from the museum's lawn. Begins at 7 a.m. at 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point Free to the public. Breakfast is $8. sodusbaylighthouse.org