October 21, 2021

Independence Day activities, events on tap around Cortland County

Michael McCleary/contributing photographer

Michelle Whitfield walks out of a fireworks tent in Riverside Plaza in Cortland. Health and safety officials warn about using fireworks safely during the coming holiday weekend.

Preble and Virgil are among those that will host a variety of events for Independence Day celebrations around Cortland County, including fireworks shows.

For the quieter, more history-oriented crowd, a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be in Homer.

The county fireworks show will return to Dwyer Park in Little York, but will expand to a day-long celebration with food trucks, music and recycling education tables before the fireworks are launched at 10 p.m.

“We haven’t really done anything new and different up there in a long time, so my hope moving forward is this is going to help set a baseline,” said Eric Mulvihill, clerk to the county legislature.

Parking will be $5 at Dwyer Park, but the admission is otherwise free. The gates will open at 1 p.m. and musicians will play for about an hour each.

Food trucks like Alexander’s Food Truck Groton, Cortland Crush baseball team’s mobile catering unit and Lulu’s Kettle Corn will be in the park and families can enjoy the park — as well as Pavilion No. 1, which the county refurbished recently, Mulvihill said.

The fireworks will cost the county $12,000, he said. Though the parking fee will help offset the costs, the music performances and the fireworks will be paid for by occupancy tax revenue collected when people stay in hotels and motels.

Here are some of the Independence Day events:
• Fireworks: 10 p.m. July 3 at Dwyer Park in Preble.
• Reading of the Declaration of Independence: 10 a.m. July 4 at Homer Center for the Arts in Homer.
• Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. July 5 at Myers Park in Lansing.
• Fireworks: 10 p.m. July 5 at Hope Lake Park in Virgil.
• Fireworks: 7:30 p.m. July 6 at Groton Elementary School in Groton.