The annual holiday parade starts the day at 10 a.m. Thursday; fireworks planned later on

CANANDAIGUA — The City of Canandaigua is hosting its annual Fourth of July celebration on Thursday.

The celebration will include a parade, food vendors, live music, and entertainment in Kershaw Park, concluding with fireworks in the evening.

This year's theme is "Traveling Through the Generations," celebrating the people of Canandaigua who have called the community home over the years. Over 50 organizations will be marching in the parade, including historical groups, local businesses, elected officials, kids' groups, community organizations, emergency vehicles and more.

Trophies will be awarded to entries that stand out in various categories, such as best theme on a float, outstanding musical unit, and community spirit. The parade will kick off from Ontario Street at 10 a.m. and head down Main Street, continuing from the County Courthouse to Lakeshore Drive.

Following the parade, a community picnic will be held in Kershaw Park. Food vendors Barlow's Concessions, the Weiner Wagon, Dar's Delights, Mightea Boba and KP's Kettle Corn will be in the park serving up picnic favorites from chicken tenders, philly cheese steaks and hot dogs to fried dough and ice cream floats.

Later in the evening, the band Taran will take the stage at the gazebo in Kershaw Park. The band has provided entertainment for the Fourth of July celebration in Canandaigua in the past. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. over the lake, weather permitting.

Free parking can be found in municipal lots in downtown Canandaigua on West Avenue, Ontario Street, Lafayette Street, Mill Street, and Bristol Street. Visitors are encouraged to park downtown and walk to Kershaw Park.

Schedule of events

9 a.m., parade participants line up;

10 a.m., the parade begins;

3 p.m., community picnic at Kershaw Park;

6 to 9 p.m., live music at the Kershaw Park Gazebo; and

9:45 p.m., fireworks (weather permitting).

July 3 events

Several other communities are celebrating the holiday early.

Farmington's festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Town Park, 1000 County Road 8.

The Geneva American Legion Winnek Post 396 will host a Fireworks and Carnival Festival beginning at 5 p.m. at 1115 Lochland Road in Geneva. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m.

The Arbors Neighborhood in Geneva will host its fourth annual 4th of July Family Fun Parade and Festival. The festival will begin at Ridewood Park at 9 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.

Sodus Point, Wayne County, will hold a Ring of Fire event at 9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. on the Sodus Bay channel pier. Several events also are scheduled July 4 at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum and Sodus Point Fire Hall.

Fireworks will start at dark at Sandy Bottom Park at the north end of Honeoye Lake.

Other celebrations

The City of Rochester will again host downtown fireworks on the Main Street bridge. Musical performances will begin at 7 p.m. July 4, with fireworks beginning at 10 p.m. Best viewing spots are the Main Street bridge, Broad Street bridge, Chestnut Street near the Washington Square garage, and streets surrounding those areas.