UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Utica mayor, Robert Palmieri announced earlier today that the City of Utica would have a firework display and celebration after all.
“And not only are we going to have fireworks and a celebration and music from Soul Injection,” Palmieri said. “But we’re going to have the opportunity for the people who are not vaccinated to be vaccinated at F.T. Proctor Park with a pod that will be there and we will provide a shuttle to bring people in to get their vaccinations.”
The announcement comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted all COVID-19 restrictions. Utica’s Independence Day celebration will be Monday, July 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at F.T. Proctor Park. In addition to fireworks, the city has partnered with Mohawk Valley Health System, New York State Department of Health, Oneida County Health Department, Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Upstate Family Health Center, Inc to provide a COVID-19 vaccination pod on site for residents who would like to be vaccinated.
“For everyone to celebrate,” Palmieri said. “That we will celebrate our independence, but let’s have our independence from this awful awful pandemic and who if you have not been vaccinated take advantage of it Monday.”
The vaccination pods don’t require an appointment, but those who would like to receive their vaccine at a specific time can make a reservation online starting next Monday the 28th.
Food trucks and other vendors interested in participating can contact the Utica City Clerk’s office at 315-792-0113.