Watertown’s Concert in the Park, fireworks kick off Fourth of July weekend

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WATERTOWN — Fourth of July weekend began with a bang Thursday at Thompson Park with the annual Concert in the Park and fireworks show.

The free Orchestra of Northern New York concert, Adventures in Space!, featured “America the Beautiful” and selections from the movies “Apollo 13,” “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”

ONNY will play the Adventures in Space! program again at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music. The Sunday performance requires a paid ticket. Visit onny.org to buy tickets.

David A. Graves, of Watertown, recently returned to the north country after having moved away. Mr Graves said he views the Thompson Park concert and fireworks as a tradition.

“I come up here, I run into family and friends, and you know just enjoy the weather, enjoy the people, and enjoy the fireworks and the band,” he said.

Seeing the fireworks and hearing the music, he said, helps him feel part of the community.

“I was at a different place most of my life, and I didn’t really get involved with things like this, and now it’s nice to just be a part of the community and see people having fun with their kids, and you know, this is just kind of what it’s all about really,” he said.

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