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4th of July Preparations

The city of Utica will play host to a huge 4th of July bash that is taking a lot of preparation to put together.

There will be live music and food vendors and also fireworks but that's not the only thing going on on Friday.  There is also a parade and people in the Mohawk Valley are already excited for the celebration.

“It will be a lot of fun. My wife wants to go see it,” said Johnathan Lee.

The parade will be much bigger with one hundred and fifteen groups marching from across Central New York.

“To Forestport, Little Falls to Oneida, the parade will certainly have a regional presence and that is probably one of the first things that you'll find different from the past couple of years,” said executive director of the Genesis Group Ray Durso.

“We want to make this something people not only from city of Utica that it will be a memorable but day but people from surrounding areas,” said Utica mayor Rob Palmieri.

With big holidays like the fourth Utica PD is always concerned about safety.

“People drink throughout the day,” said Utica PD Lieutenant Steve Hauck,” they start early and they go late. And again I think it is most important thing to have plan in place.”

Some people said they already have the plan to allow them to simply enjoy time with their family.

“I think it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to share with the family, go to the parade, the park. and, you know, check out the fireworks,” said Lee.

“We encourage everyone to please come out and line the streets to support the parade as well as come down to enjoy the fireworks,” said Durso.

Proctor Park is where the fireworks will be going off at 9:30 p.m.

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