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Schedule issued for Fourth of July celebration on Empire State Plaza

Schedule issued for Fourth of July celebration on Empire State Plaza

New York State and Price Chopper are teaming up to present the 39th annual Independence Day celebrat

New York State and Price Chopper are teaming up to present the 39th annual Independence Day celebration at the Empire State Plaza.

This year’s festivities will run from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday.

“In 1976 we presented the first July 4 event at the plaza to celebrate the bicentennial and started what has become a treasured annual celebration of our nation’s birthday,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper’s vice president of public relations and consumer services.

The event includes music on two stages, as well as food vendors and children’s events. There will be kids’ play areas on both sides of the concourse.

Free parking will be available in the visitor and “P” lots under the Empire State Plaza, the East Garage, and the Grand Street and Elk Street lots. For event updates, follow @plazaevents on Twitter or call 474-0549.

The event schedule is as follows:

3 p.m.: Welcome & Naturalization Ceremony (main stage)

3:35 p.m.: Black Rock Zydeco (main stage)

4:15 p.m.: The Nellies (north stage)

4:45 p.m.: The North and South Dakotas (main stage)

6:00 p.m.: Gedeon Luke and The People (main stage)

7:15 p.m.: New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration Official Program (main stage)

7:45 p.m.: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals (main stage)

9:15 p.m.: Fireworks

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