UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri today announced, after careful deliberation and communication with public health officials and event organizers, and review of the
states recently announced guidelines pertaining to fairs and festivals, the city will not be hosting a 4th of July Parade or Fireworks celebration this year.

“We were hoping to host a parade and fireworks as in years past and waited as long as we could before making a final determination. We are certainly disappointed as this was a very difficult decision, but the health, well-being and safety of our residents is the most important priority.” – Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica

“I thank Genesis Group Executive Director Ray Durso for his great work in reviving and organizing the city’s July 4th celebrations in recent years, and we look forward to Utica hosting the parade and fireworks in 2022.” – Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica