Best Places to Watch Fireworks and Celebrate the Fourth of July in Rochester


The fourth of July or Independence Day is an important holiday, as it commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence back in the year 1776. This day is often celebrated with family and friends with picnics, parades, and wearing the American flag colors of red, white, and blue. However, the fourth of July would not be complete without the display of fireworks. Listed below are some incredible places to watch fireworks in Rochester.

Conesus Lake Ring of Fire
This traditional event is sponsored by the Conesus Lake Association every 3rd of July. Many of the residents participate in this, which makes it that much more awesome. The event starts at dusk and by 10 p.m. the lake is surrounded by approximately 10,000 flares and the fireworks then begin to explode in a myriad of colors throughout the sky. The best area to watch from is Long Point Park, which is on route 256 and Long Point Road.

City of Rochester
Downtown Rochester's annual tradition begins at 7 p.m. on July 4th with the RPO's Independence Day Concert at Main Street Bridge extending from South Avenue to Exchange Street. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra sweetly serenades their visitors with the sound of patriotic music. An amazing display of fireworks light up the sky at 10 p.m.

Town of Henrietta's 4th of July Celebration & Craft Sale
The town of Henrietta kicks off their celebration with a craft sale at the Henrietta Senior Center between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is followed by delicious food, fun activities, and live bands at 4 p.m. in the Veteran's Memorial Park. Lighting up the sky at 9:40 p.m. is a striking display of fireworks. Boom!

The Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Begin your fourth of July with a 5K Freedom Run/Walk at the Greece Town Hall. This event begins at 7:30 a.m. and pre-registration and fees are required. After the race enjoy food and activities on the Town Hall property. This is located on Long Pond Road and Vince Tofany Blvd. Later in the evening, sit back and relax while you watch the breathtaking fireworks display. More information on this event is available on the Town of Greece website.

Sarah Jonae-Ryan has lived in Rochester for more than 30 years. She has several blogs written on a variety of topics.