Parades, fireworks, barbecues are all great family activities during the Fourth of July that truly show that summer is here! Our favorite activities in the Finger Lakes are calling our names!

Ring of Fire

Originally a Native American tradition, the Ring of Fire is an annual Independence Day celebration that highlights the summer on several of the Finger Lakes. Residents on Honeoye Lake light flares this year on July 3rd along the entire shoreline of the lake, creating a stunning celebratory display to salute the unofficial start of summer. Like most communities, they are also encouraging LED flares to help protect our lake quality!

Ring of Fire 2

Fireworks at Light Up the Fourth at the Farm

Fireworks are on somewhat of a comeback year – and we're excited to enjoy some old-fashioned community fireworks, but some private businesses are also putting on a show. Lincoln Hill Farms is celebrating from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with live music, food, brews, and fireworks. To keep updated on additional fireworks displays and other Fourth of July weekend events check out the Visit Finger Lakes Calendar of Events.

Ontario County Fireworks

July 3

Farmington - Annual fireworks display at the Farmington Town Park, 1000 County Road 8. Food vendors and live music begin at 6 pm. Fireworks start after dusk.

July 5

Geneva - The Geneva Recreation Center will be hosting its 2024 Summerfest. Fireworks will take place at 9:45 pm. Free admission. 

July 6

CanandaiguaHead to the north shore of Canandaigua Lake to keep your celebration going! Fireworks begin at dark. 


Grilling time

One of the highlights of any American holiday is the food. For the Fourth of July, a family cookout is a much-loved tradition.  Pack up your cooler with fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods from one of our farmers markets and head to the lake for an afternoon of family fun.  Deep Run Beach, Seneca Lake State Park, Onanda Beach & Park and Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill all have grills available for your cookout needs. Stop by Bostrom Farms or one of the local farmers markets to get your fresh food needs.

Deep Run Beach


On the Water

The cool, clean waters of the Finger Lakes warm up around the Fourth of July, making it the perfect time to enjoy activities in, on and around the water. If you have a boat, there are plenty of launch sites on each of the lakes. If you are not a boat owner, you will still be in good shape.  Kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals are all available, just plan ahead as this weekend is a very popular one, especially for water sport enthusiasts!  Check out Canandaigua Sailboarding for a rental. In addition, Roseland Waterpark and Roseland Wake Park, both in Canandaigua, offer state-of-the art water-based fun! If it happens to rain – you can take your fun inside to Roseland Bowl and Family Fun Center. That’s great family fun!


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