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June 7, 2014

City plans July 4 parade, fireworks

Fireworks and a parade will highlight Fourth of July celebrations in Oneonta, which this year will be presented during two days, organizers said.

The national holiday falls on a Friday, and Neahwa Park was reserved for that day and Saturday as a rain date, said Carol Mandigo, chairman of the First Night Oneonta board, which is planning festivities. As discussions continued, board members decided to present activities both days, she said.

The emerging result is a smorgasbord of music, family-oriented activities, games, demonstrations, refreshments and more. The offerings are a mix of traditional and new activities, including a First Night parade at noon on the Fourth. Mandigo said weather in July is more conducive to both parade participants and observers.

Mandigo said the budget of about $40,000 covers expenses such as performances, insurance, equipment rentals, advertising, fireworks and other costs. The celebration is supported through contributions and in-kind services from area businesses, foundations, individual donors and with support from the city of Oneonta, she said.

Activities in Neahwa Park are planned from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, July 4. The parade will be at noon Friday, with participants starting at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street and making a path along Main Street before concluding in the park, Mandigo said. Fireworks will be at 9:20 p.m.

Saturday, July 5, will be a "bonus day" with a skateboard competition, a battle of the bands and more activities between 1 and 7 p.m., organizers said.

"Music is going to be fantastic," Mandigo said.

On Friday, July 4, the Oneonta portable stage will be set up for a lineup of performers, with some making encore appearances in Oneonta. Performers planned include the Dady Brothers, Horseshoe Lounge Boys, Reservoir Road, the Wendy Slicer Band, the Spectacular Average Boys, the Fredtown Stompers, Pipebenders and Hillbilly Junkyard.

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