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Save the Date: Hill City Celebrations Holding Hometown Fourth of July Festival

Written By Editor on 6/17/24 | 6/17/24

Event to be held July 4, 2024, in Neahwa Park
(Rain date: July 5, 2024)


Oneonta, N.Y. – [June 11, 2024]  Hill City Celebrations (formerly First Night Oneonta) is holding its annual Hometown Fourth of July Festival in Neahwa Park. The event will take place on Thursday, July 4, beginning with a parade on Main Street at 1 p.m. Following the parade, family-friendly games, a bounce house, food and craft vendors, live music, and many other activities will be held all day in Neahwa Park. The night will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show after dark sponsored by Five Star Subaru. (A rain date is slated for Friday, July 5.) Festival admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Featured music acts on the main stage in the park include Enemies in the Basement (classic rock covers from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.); The Rich Mollin Jazz Quintet (classic and freestyle jazz from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.); Bobby Curious (solo singer-songwriter on the acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and kazoo from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.); The Brooklyners (French Caribbean Reggae from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.); and headliner Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra (Afro-Caribbean rhythms and salsa from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.). The fireworks will commence at 9:30 p.m., followed by music by King Konye & Love Lagoon at 10 p.m.

The large basketball court in the park will also host family-friendly entertainment acts throughout the day, including a demonstration by Harmony Martial Arts (2 p.m.); Elite Dance Academy dancers (2:45 p.m.); performances by Bill’s Ragtime Sing-Along with Mike the Juggler (3:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.); and bicycle stunt show performances by Joe Janicki (5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.).

Hill City Celebrations thanks the following sponsors and supporters for their generous contributions: Five Star Subaru of Oneonta; LEAF; Anonymous Foundation; Anonymous Foundation; Clark Family Foundation of Delhi; the City of Oneonta; the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce; Bassett Healthcare Network; Townsquare Media; the Rotary Club of Oneonta; Delaware Engineering; Gates Helms Hawn; Benson Agency; Margery Merzig; Joe and Lucy Bernier, and many other friends and donors.

Interested in being a vendor? It’s not too late! Email for more information.

About Hill City Celebrations
Hill City Celebrations is a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate arts and culture in a family-friendly, alcohol-free atmosphere. Because of donations from generous businesses, community partners and citizen sponsors, Hill City Celebrations produces The Hometown Fourth of July Celebration in Neahwa Park, the Oneonta Festival of Lights, First Night at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, and several other fun events for families throughout the year that remain free and open for all. Learn more by visiting or following Hill City Celebrations on Facebook.

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