UTICA — The city of Utica has announced plans for this year’s Memorial Day and Independence Day parades, as well as fireworks celebrations.
The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The parade will start on Genesee Street in South Utica – across from St. Elizabeth Medical Center – and will head north on Genesee Street, turn right on Memorial Parkway and end at the Parkway Recreation Center.
The Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin on Genesee Street in South Utica – across from St. Elizabeth Medical Center – and head north on Genesee St., turning right on Memorial Parkway and ending at the Parkway Recreation Center.
The Town Party in the Park in honor of Independence Day will also take place on Monday, July 4 at 7 p.m. at FT Proctor Park, Culver Avenue and Rutger Street. The party will include food vendors, bouncy houses, music from local band “Last Left” and fireworks from American Fireworks at dusk. Registration to participate in either (or both) parades, as well as to be a vendor at the 4th of July party at the park, can be done online at www.UCDevelopment.org/ Parries.
Mayor Robert Palmieri also announced that Vincent Scalise and the Utica Center for Development will be the new event organizer for all three events. After 21 years of organizing the Independence Day Parade and Party in the Park, Ray Durso and the Genesis Band are passing the baton to Scalise and UCD.
A new committee was formed and Durso offered to help ensure a smooth transition.
Palmieri and Scalise invite all essential workers in the region and their families to participate in both parades. “Memorial Day and Independence Day are sacred holidays and I am pleased to report that the city is hosting exciting, family-friendly events that our community will be proud of,” Palmieri said.
“I would like to thank Ray Durso and the Genesis Band for the outstanding job they have done over the years. I thank Vin Scalise and the Utica Development Center for taking on the responsibility of coordinating these important events,” added the Mayor of Utica.
“The Utica Development Center is thrilled to be a part of these great community events,” said Scalise,
“We look forward to working with the committee and the city of Utica,” he added.