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206. Harborfest


Every year at the end of July, Oswego throws the biggest party upstate NY has seen.

Featuring tons of live music, vendors, food, entertainment, the list goes on…Harborfest attracts a whole lot of people looking for a great time.

People can bring their boats and park them in the marina. From there, they wander the streets of Oswego looking for fun and entertainment, which is really everywhere.

I love Harborfest, when I was younger I loved it and as an adult it’s an entirely new experience. A lot of people come out for this celebration, and it’s a lot of fun.

It’s free to attend, it runs from today, July 25 to July 28th with the most exciting night being the 27th with the grand fireworks spectacular. This is a really fun weekend in Oswego, and even if it’s 30 minutes away from Syracuse it’s worth the drive… it’s going to be a really fun time with great weather! Don’t miss out! For all your harborfest information find it on their website here.

Harborfest has a tendency of becoming a big party with a lot of adult beverages, make sure you’ve got a Designated Driver. Police will be out in full force issuing tickets ranging from open container laws to drunk driving.

Tip: The best viewing for the Entergy “Fireworks Spectacular by Grucci” ranges from Fort Ontario on the east side of Oswego to the inner harbor and Breitbeck park areas on the west side.

185. Islandfest

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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This is my favorite holiday! I love the 4th…it is not only just a celebration of our great country and the freedom we’ve got, but it’s also a great chance to watch some great fireworks, find some live music, watch a baseball game, drink some beers, and most importantly spend it with friends and family!

I’m a bit partial to the fireworks that take place in Baldwinsville…which is why they’re featured today…but not only that, I think it’s always really important to highlight one of the greatest bands in history when given the opportunity.

That’s the Beatles.

Islandfest in Baldwinsville is one of the top events that small town puts on every year. This year they’ve got a top notch Beatles cover band, Beatlemania.beatlemania

Islandfest is hosted on Papermill Island right in the heart of downtown Baldwinsville. There’s tons of places you can go to for dinner, if you don’t plan on hosting your own bbq and then shimmy on over to the island for some live music and fireworks.

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Every year, B’ville puts on a spectacular fireworks show…it’s definitely worth the trek (if you think Baldwinsville is out in the middle of nowhere) and the $7 admission fee to watch from the island.

Fireworks start at 10pm, immediately following the Beatlemania show which starts at 6pm.


If you can’t make it to the Island, pop on over to SyracuseGuru’s website, he’s highlighted all of the top places to watch various firework shows.

Tip: Don’t feel like watching from the Island? Check out Mercer Park…free admission for all the fireworks and it’s a front row seat! Bring some chairs and a cooler (no alcohol allowed) and enjoy the night!