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3rd of July fireworks moved to remote location east of Cortland

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Cortland County’s annual 3rd of July fireworks show will go on this year, but in a different location than attendees are used to at Dwyer Memorial Park.

This year’s event has been moved to an alternate location east of the city of Cortland, which county officials said will provide an excellent view from nearly every vantage point in town.

“The 3rd of July fireworks are a time-honored tradition in Cortland County,” said Legislative Chairman Paul Heider. “The event not only provides families a fun activity to look forward to but also recognizes our nations fight for Independence. Unfortunately, we must modify our tradition this year in order to keep the public safe.”

While the exact launch site isn’t being revealed due to safety and social distancing concerns, county officials said it will ensure the fireworks can be easily seen from most locations in and around the city.

County Legislative Clerk Eric Mulvihill extended thanks to the Forbes family for allowing the use of their property above the City for this year’s show.

Start time is set for after dark around 10:15 pm on July 3, with a rain date planned for July 5.

Dwyer park will remain open for patron use on July 3, as long as proper guidelines are followed including limited social gatherings of 25 people or less.

“We know the continuing postponement of summer events due to the COVID pandemic has had an impact on our friends, neighbors, and the residents of Cortland County,” said Meghan Lawton, Executive Director of the Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Since the shutdown started we have been working to determine if the fireworks show could go on, while also ensuring that all involved could enjoy the event safely and that social distancing, NYS and CDC guidelines were met.”


The town of Groton’s fireworks have also been moved from the elementary school to a field between Clark and Lick Streets, north of State Route 222 and south of Old Stage Road.
That’s confirmed for July 2, with the 5th also being used as a backup date.
Town officials say the field won’t be accessible to the public and the show will be visible throughout most of the town.

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