FOURTH OF JULY https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png FOURTH OF JULY https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 10:22:56 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Tue, 04 Jul 2023 09:00:00 -0400 Sponsored Post: Happy 4th of July from Reliant Real Estate https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-happy-4th-of-july-from-reliant-real-estate/635530
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Government and fire officials urge caution when handling sparkling devices this Fourth of July weekend https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/government-and-fire-officials-urge-caution-when-handling-sparkling-devices-this-fourth Press release:

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services urges caution when handling sparkling devices during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

All other types of consumer fireworks remain illegal statewide, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners, and aerial devices.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and State Office of Fire Prevention and Control today urged New Yorkers to handle sparkling devices responsibly when celebrating the Fourth of July.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates approximately 10,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks in 2019. Almost three-quarter of injuries occurred during a one-month period around the Fourth of July.

“When joining with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our great nation this year, I urge all New Yorkers to handle sparkling devices carefully since mishandling these devices can cause significant burn injuries,” said New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy.

“Remember it is illegal for anyone under 18 years old to use sparkling devices.”

New York State Law allows for the sale and use of a specific category of consumer fireworks known as sparkling devices. Legal ground-based or handheld sparkling devices produce a shower of colored sparks or a colored flame, audible crackling, or whistling noise and smoke. The devices do not launch into the air.

Sparkling devices are legal in all New York State counties except Albany, Columbia, Schenectady, and Westchester, some cities in Orange County (see local laws), all five boroughs of New York City, and Long Island.

All other types of consumer fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners, and aerial devices, remain illegal statewide.

“As with any device which purposely emits live sparks and fire, it should be easy to understand the need for extra caution when handling sparkling devices,” said Acting State Fire Administrator James Cable. “Be sure to obtain all such devices legally and follow all safety instructions which come with the packaging to ensure loved ones and neighbors stay injury-free throughout the holiday.

"Have fun, but please be mindful of your own and others’ safety when using sparkling devices.”

Sales of sparkling devices by certified permanent and specialty retailers can only occur from June 1 to July 5 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Sales of sparkling devices by certified temporary stands or tents can only occur from June 20 to July 5 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

Sellers, manufacturers, and distributors of sparkling devices must apply for a license from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and follow other rules and conditions.

Registered sparkling device vendors (four) in Genesee County are listed below:

  • Tops Market LLC, 128 W. Main St., Le Roy, NY 14482
  • Tops Market LLC, 390 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020
  • Keystone Novelties Distributors LLC, 125 W. Main St., Le Roy, NY 14482 -- Temporary Retailer
  • Keystone Novelties Distributors LLC, C Store, 8073 Clinton St., Bergen, NY 14416 -- Temporary Retailer

​To see the entire NYS list, click here (pdf).

If sparkling devices are legal to purchase in your county, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control offers the following safety tips:

  • Purchase sparkling and novelty devices from New York State registered retailers only;
  • Always follow directions located on the packaging;
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparkling devices. It is illegal for anyone under 18 years old to use sparkling devices;
  • Never use sparkling devices indoors. All sparkling devices are for outdoor use only;
  • Always wear eye protection when using sparkling devices;
  • Never light more than one sparkling device at a time;
  • Never point a sparkling device tube toward anyone or any part of your body;
  • Keep sparkling and novelty devices in a safe secure location when not in use;
  • Never use sparkling devices when under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Always keep an approved fire extinguisher nearby during a display. Douse malfunctioning and spent devices with water before discarding to prevent a fire;
  • Store sparkling devices in a safe location away from young children;
  • Keep unused sparkling devices dry and away from ignition sources.

For more information on the sale and use of sparkling devices in New York State, visit the Office of Fire Prevention and Control website.

As we approach the July Fourth Independence Day Holiday, Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano of the City of Batavia Fire Department would like to remind residents that: “We want to ensure that our residents enjoy the holiday in a safe and responsible manner. It is important to take the necessary fire safety precautionary steps when using these devices.”

If any resident has questions regarding what is allowable or would like information regarding safety precautions, they can call the City of Batavia Fire Headquarters at (585) 345-6375.

“We see a steady increase in calls for service this time of year for fireworks related complaints,” said Police Chief Shawn Heubusch. “Residents are cautioned that if fireworks are purchased out of state or over the internet and do not meet the definition of sparkling device, they are not only illegal, but are dangerous. We want to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy July Fourth Holiday.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/government-and-fire-officials-urge-caution-when-handling-sparkling-devices-this-fourth#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/government-and-fire-officials-urge-caution-when-handling-sparkling-devices-this-fourth Jun 29, 2021, 11:29am FOURTH OF JULY Government and fire officials urge caution when handling sparkling devices this Fourth of July weekend Press Release <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services urges caution when handling sparkling devices during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.</p> <p>All other types of consumer fireworks remain illegal statewide, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners, and aerial devices.</p> <p>The New York State Division</p>
Patriot tot in Batavia waves the stars and stripes https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/patriot-tot-in-batavia-waves-the-stars-and-stripes/555707

Photo courtesy of reader Barbara Penrod, who wrote us yesterday saying: "My daughter took this picture of my grandson who is very proud of his country and he's only 2 years old. He lives in Batavia with his mom and dad and little brother. Thought it may make someone smile."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/patriot-tot-in-batavia-waves-the-stars-and-stripes/555707#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/patriot-tot-in-batavia-waves-the-stars-and-stripes/555707 Jul 5, 2020, 11:56am FOURTH OF JULY Patriot tot in Batavia waves the stars and stripes Billie Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/2061/2020-06/patriot.jpg" width="460" height="974"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Photo courtesy of reader Barbara Penrod, who wrote us yesterday saying: "My daughter took this picture of my grandson who is very proud of his country and he's only 2 years old. He lives in Batavia with his mom and dad and little brother.&nbsp;Thought it may make someone smile."</p>
Jam At The Ridge to hold 12th annual Fourth of July Weekend Celebration starting tomorrow https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/jam-at-the-ridge-to-hold-12th-annual-fourth-of-july-weekend-celebration-starting Press release:

Jam At The Ridge: This week, Western New York's Family Fun Destination, is having a Fourth of July Weekend Celebration.

This 12th annual, open to the public event, is for all ages and looks keep folks safe while having fun.

Thursday, July 2nd
 - Live Band: Judah, makes their Jam At The Ridge debut
 - Pizza and Wings Special, with cold beer on-tap

Friday, July 3rd
 - DJ Josh will rock the night away (no stage access, but there are 2 acres of space to socially distance while getting your groove on)
 - Professional Fireworks thanks to Young Explosives
 - Tie-dye and a Water War

Saturday, July 4th
 - The Giant Slip and Slide
 - and sign up for a night time glowing wagon ride (family groups together)

Jam At The Ridge is a recreation, entertainment, and camping facility focused primarily on family fun. Bring the kids and the grandparents and enjoy a great time, whatever we're doing. Have a great meal in our on-site restaurant (no microwaves), take a dip in our crystal clear in-ground swimming pool, catch a great concert with some of the best artists around (local, regional and national), and camp under the stars with a tent, RV, or one of our cabins.

Come join our family for some long overdue fun!

Greg, Dave and The JATR Team

Jam At The Ridge, 8101 Conlon Road, Le Roy
(585) 768-4883
info@theridgeny.com
www.JamAtTheRidge.com

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/jam-at-the-ridge-to-hold-12th-annual-fourth-of-july-weekend-celebration-starting#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/jam-at-the-ridge-to-hold-12th-annual-fourth-of-july-weekend-celebration-starting Jul 1, 2020, 3:13pm FOURTH OF JULY Jam At The Ridge to hold 12th annual Fourth of July Weekend Celebration starting tomorrow Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Jam At The Ridge: This week, Western New York's Family Fun Destination, is having a Fourth of July Weekend Celebration.</p> <p>This 12th annual, open to the public event, is for all ages and looks keep folks safe while having fun.</p> <p>Thursday, July 2nd<br> &nbsp;- Live Band: Judah, makes</p>
Sixth annual Kiwanis Independence Day 5K race https://www.thebatavian.com/steve-ognibene/sixth-annual-kiwanis-independence-day-5k-race/538506

More than 200 participants walked or ran in the Batavia Kiwanis Club's annual 5K race on Independence Day, a 10-percent increase over last year, said race director David Chua.

It started at the top of Centennial Park on Richmond Avenue and went north by Dwyer Stadium to East Avenue. The runners end just off Washington Avenue at the bottom of the park on Ellicott Avenue. 

Chua said this year’s proceeds were broken into thirds: the organization for autism research; Batavia City Schools District Foundation; and the last third is distributed by the Kiwanis Club to local children’s organizations.

First Place and top male finisher was William Buckenmeyer from Batavia, time 18:25. Top female finisher was Kimberly Mills from Oakfield time 20:50; she finished 11th overall.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/steve-ognibene/sixth-annual-kiwanis-independence-day-5k-race/538506#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/steve-ognibene/sixth-annual-kiwanis-independence-day-5k-race/538506 Jul 4, 2019, 4:20pm FOURTH OF JULY Sixth annual Kiwanis Independence Day 5K race sognibene <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/328/2019-07/a76y2029.jpg" width="460" height="307"> </div> </div> </p> <p>More than 200 participants walked or ran in the Batavia Kiwanis Club's&nbsp;annual 5K race on Independence Day, a 10-percent increase over&nbsp;last year, said race director David Chua.</p> <p>It started at the top of Centennial Park on Richmond Avenue and went&nbsp;north by Dwyer Stadium to East Avenue. The runners end just</p>
Statewide STOP-DWI crackdown begins today, ends Sunday https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/statewide-stop-dwi-crackdown-begins-today-ends-sunday/538381 Press release:

Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start today, July 3rd and will end on Sunday, July 7th.

The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Thursday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Wednesday, July 3rd and festivities to begin on July 4th and run through Sunday, July 7th.

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.

The Fourth Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/statewide-stop-dwi-crackdown-begins-today-ends-sunday/538381#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/statewide-stop-dwi-crackdown-begins-today-ends-sunday/538381 Jul 3, 2019, 3:26pm FOURTH OF JULY Statewide STOP-DWI crackdown begins today, ends Sunday Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.</p> <p>The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start today, July</p>
Hawley wishes everyone a Happy Independence Day https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/hawley-wishes-everyone-a-happy-independence-day/538379 A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the  Fouth of July holiday:

“The Fourth of July, our nation’s birthday, is a crucial reminder of the day our founders declared us free from British rule and thus an independent and self-governing nation. Although a bold and unprecedented move by American colonialists, it paved the way for springs of freedom and self-determination to erupt all over the globe – ushering in a wave of democracy.

“Our founding fathers, the patriots who forged our nation through a crucible of revolution, knew that the will of men and women to live free, govern themselves and choose their own destiny was undeniable and worth any sacrifice they may endure.

“Contemporarily, Independence Day is a time when citizens come together unified as Americans to celebrate their freedom and enjoy the privileges that come under our nation’s governance. We spend time with friends and family, enjoy barbeques, fly our flags and, of course, watch fireworks. 

“Throughout this weekend’s celebrations let us not take for granted the tremendous sacrifices paid by our veterans to preserve America’s freedom and the countless service members deployed across the globe who will not be with their families this holiday. Please take time to thank a veteran or service member in your life this weekend for their role in protecting our nation.

“The fight for liberty and justice is never complete; and as Americans it is our duty to remember and cherish our independence. It is a day to celebrate our freedom, our country, our triumphs and to remember all those men and women who have served our nation and who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of those ideals. 

“Although this holiday is a joyous occasion, I encourage everyone to stay safe and to celebrate responsibly with family and friends. Happy Independence Day!”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/hawley-wishes-everyone-a-happy-independence-day/538379#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/hawley-wishes-everyone-a-happy-independence-day/538379 Jul 3, 2019, 3:13pm FOURTH OF JULY Hawley wishes everyone a Happy Independence Day Billie Owens <p><em>A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the &nbsp;Fouth&nbsp;of July holiday:</em></p> <p>“The Fourth of July, our nation’s birthday, is a crucial reminder of the day our founders declared us free from British rule and thus an independent and self-governing nation. Although a bold and unprecedented move by American colonialists</p>
Uncle Sam wants YOU at GO ART!'s Picnic in the Park on the Fourth of July https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/uncle-sam-wants-you-at-go-arts-picnic-in-the-park-on-the-fourth-of-july/538130 Press release:

The Original Red Osier Landmark Restaurant in Stafford presents GO ART!'s 41st Annual Picnic in the Park on Thursday, July 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Batavia.

Event kicks off with a Kiddie Parade. Decorating bikes begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade takes off down Ellicott Avenue hill at 11 o'clock.

Food vendors include Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, Abbott's Ice Cream, Kernel Cravin’ Kettle Corn, Lonsberry Concessions, and Over the Border! Mack Truck, and Ali's Concessions.

Musical performances by Batavia Concert Band at noon, Byrne Brothers Irish Band from 12-2 p.m., Grizzwoode at 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. and again from 4-5 p.m.

Don't miss Old Time family activities between acts, such as sack races, tug of war and a kids’ hula hoop contest.

Explore Arts Tent with kids’ art activities, face painting, bounce house. Mad Hatter performances at 12, 1:30 and 3 in Artisan Alley. Six Senses Escape Room will hold a scavenger hunt starting in Artisan Alley. 

More than 30 arts and crafts vendors on North Street and nonprofits in the lower park.

Uncle Sam wants you at GO ART!'s 41st Annual Picnic in the Park!

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/uncle-sam-wants-you-at-go-arts-picnic-in-the-park-on-the-fourth-of-july/538130#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/uncle-sam-wants-you-at-go-arts-picnic-in-the-park-on-the-fourth-of-july/538130 Jul 1, 2019, 3:12pm FOURTH OF JULY Uncle Sam wants YOU at GO ART!'s Picnic in the Park on the Fourth of July Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The Original Red Osier Landmark Restaurant in Stafford presents GO ART!'s 41<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Annual Picnic in the Park on Thursday, July 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Batavia.</p> <p>Event kicks off with a Kiddie Parade. Decorating bikes begins at 10:30 a.m. The</p>
City fire chief reminds residents of what kinds of fireworks are allowed by law https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/city-fire-chief-reminds-residents-of-what-kinds-of-fireworks-are-allowed-by-law/536820 Press release:

As we approach the July 4th Independence Day holiday, Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano of the City of Batavia Fire Department would like to remind the residents of the City of what is allowed by law.

“We want to ensure that our residents enjoy the holiday in a safe and responsible manner,” Napolitano said.

The law enacted on Jan. 1, 2018, states that buying, selling, and using sparking devices (not fireworks) is only legal in the counties and cities that have not enacted a local law pursuant to section 405.00 of the Penal Law of New York.

These sparking devices are legal everywhere in the state except for in Bronx, Columbia, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Schenectady counties.

According to the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, "Sparking Devices" are considered, “ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks andor a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.”

Napolitano also stated, “These sparkling devices can only be bought and sold from June 1st to July 5th and from Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st in any given year.”

Furthermore, the law states that “Sales of sparklingdevices by certified temporary stands or tents can only occur from June 20th to July 5th and Dec. 26th to Jan. 1st in any given year.”

According to Napolitano, allowable sparkling devices under the law are sparkling fountains, sparklers on wooden sticks (not metal sticks), smoking devices, snakes confetti-filled party poppers and paper-wrapped snappers.

Non-allowable and illegal devices include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and any other aerial devices.

Lastly, Napolitano said,” It is important to take the necessary fire safety precautionary steps when usingthese devices. Last year there were a reported 12,900 fireworks-related injuries (in the United States)."

If any resident has questions regarding what is allowable or would like information regarding safety precautions, they can call the City of Batavia Fire Headquarters at 585-345-6375.

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GO ART's 41st Annual Picnic in the Park on Fourth of July is just around the corner https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/go-arts-41st-annual-picnic-in-the-park-on-fourth-of-july-is-just-around-the-corner Press release:

The Original Red Osier Restaurant presents GO ART!'s 41st Annual Picnic in the Park on July 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Batavia.

Event kicks off with a Kiddie Parade. Decorating of bikes begins at 10:30. The parade takes off down Ellicott Avenue hill at 11 o'clock.

Food vendors include Red Osier, Abbott's Ice Cream, Kernel Cravin’ Kettle Corn, Lonsberry Concessions, and Over the Border!

Musical performances by Batavia Concert Band, Byrne Brothers Irish Band, and Grizzwoode.

Don't miss old-time family activities between acts, such as onion eating, sack races, tug o' war and a kids’ hula hoop contest.

Explore Arts Tent with kids’ art activities, face painting and short plays are presented in Artisan Alley. Escape Room holding a scavenger hunt.

More than 20 arts and crafts vendors on North Street and nonprofits in the lower park!

Uncle Sam wants you! at GO ART’s 41st Annual Picnic in the Park.

Centennial Park is located at 151 State St. in the city.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/go-arts-41st-annual-picnic-in-the-park-on-fourth-of-july-is-just-around-the-corner#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/go-arts-41st-annual-picnic-in-the-park-on-fourth-of-july-is-just-around-the-corner Jun 6, 2019, 4:52pm FOURTH OF JULY GO ART's 41st Annual Picnic in the Park on Fourth of July is just around the corner Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The Original Red Osier Restaurant presents GO ART!'s 41<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Annual Picnic in the Park on July 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Batavia.</p> <p>Event kicks off with a Kiddie Parade. Decorating of bikes begins at 10:30. The parade takes off down</p>