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The Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks Celebration is a community event in Ithaca, New York. Organized by the Ithaca Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Ithaca and the Friends of Stewart Park, and supported wholly through donations from the community. The goal of the event is to celebrate our community by providing an Independence Day inspired event that is free and open to all members of the public.


The fireworks show will launched from the Newman Municipal Golf Course, with viewing sites at Stewart and Cass Parks. 



For 2019, official vendors will be located at Stewart Park.

Stewart Park

  • Dragonfly Grille

  • Silo Truck

  • Ithaca Rotary Concession Stand

  • On The Street Pita

  • Copper Horse Coffee

  • Mega Moos Ice Cream

  • Al Huda Islamic Center

  • Tibetan Momo Bar

  • Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream

  • Frozen Moments

  • MoMos Cafe

  • Luna Inspired Street Food

  • Wally J’s

  • Eat The Foood!

  • Dos Amigos

  • Sunrise Samosas

  • Coltivare


July 3, with a rain date of July 5.

The celebration runs from 4pm to 11:15pm.


Getting There

We strongly encourage  everyone to take advantage of the free TCAT bus shuttles to and from Stewart Park, downtown and Cass Park.

Stewart Park

In order to maximize the amount of accessible parking at the event, vehicle access to Stewart Park will be restricted to

  • cars with a parking permit for disabled persons

  • vendor and event staff vehicles

from 3:00 pm on the day of the event.

There will be paid parking at the Ithaca High & Boynton Middle School, for $10 per car, beginning at 3:00 pm. Funds raised from parking will be split between Rotary fireworks support and the ICSD Sports Booster Club.

TCAT Buses

Buses with destination signs on the front of the buses marked “Fireworks” will begin service approximately every 10 minutes, starting at 7:30 p.m., from Albany St. @ State St. (Salvation Army), Green St. Station, and Seneca St. Station. Service to Stewart Park will end at 9:30 p.m. just before the fireworks are scheduled to begin.

The “Fireworks” buses will also stop at all intersections along Cayuga Street, only as far as Lincoln Street. There will be no pick-up/drop-off service from Lincoln Street to Stewart Park. 

TCAT will provide return service from the entryway circle in Stewart Park until 11:15 p.m.

There will be free parking in downtown city parking garages beginning at 6:00 pm for those who plan to take the TCAT shuttle.