Park Minute: Ithaca, NY Fireworks

Ithaca 2014 fireworks from Cass Park

As seen from Cass Park

Ithaca’s Independence Day fireworks light show seems to be comfortable in its location near the Cayuga waterfront. The fireworks are launched from Newman Golf Course between Cayuga Inlet and Fall Creek and a big community celebration, including music, speeches, the national anthem, and food draws thousands to the shore of Cayuga Lake at Stewart Park to await the show. But thousands of others watch from around the valley, including from Cass Park across Cayuga Inlet, where I shot this video. The fireworks this year on July 3 might not have taken place as a torrential thunderstorm ripped across town in the hours just beforehand. But the sky cleared and the show went on. Many at Stewart Park complained that much of the show was masked by resulting smoke as it drifted toward the park. But by chance, the view from Cass Park was unobstructed.

Here’s a quick sample of the 2014 fireworks show in this episode of Park Minute!

Fireworks at Stewart Park

July 4 Fireworks at Stewart Park, Ithaca NY

The final rocket bursts over Ithaca while the full moon hangs in the heavens.

Ithaca, NY’s Independence Day fireworks show has returned to Ithaca! On July 2, the moonlit extravaganza erupted in the Newman Golf Course across Fall Creek from the fireworks festival in Stewart Park, on the shore of Cayuga Lake, which was dotted with boats appreciating the light show from the water. Watch some highlights, as it were, in this 7 minute, 36 second video and definitely hang in there for the finale!