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4th of July Parade in Springfield NY

Fourth of July Parade in Springfield, N.Y.

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The ultimate small-town America 4th of July parade starts annually at 11 a.m. in Springfield Center, NY. and includes a barbecue and concert. The Springfield Parade is truly a celebration of steadfast American spirit from proud Veterans marching to the crackerjack sounds of the Richfield High School marching band. Here you can see the great people that make up these true American communities like Milford, Roseboom, Cherry Valley, Springfield, West Winfield and Fort Plain.

Honoring America at the 4th of July Parade in Springfield NY.
Honoring America at the 4th of July Parade in Springfield.

Fritz Henry, a Van Hornseville native, entertains at this event by playing wonderful selection of well-known songs and originals. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and a supreme musical talent with his soothing, expressive voice and excellent guitar and harmonica playing.

Fritz Henry at 4th of July Parade in Springfield NY.
Fritz Henry sings at 4th of July parade in Springfield. That's Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey on the right.

There's always a nice person sitting right next to you, offering a kind "hello", pleasant conversation and strong support for the "service" men and women heroes -- from policemen to military proudly holding their heads high while marching through this friendly little town, 11 miles north of Cooperstown on Route 80. It is also a wonderful scene seeing the hard-working farmers and younger generation participating in the parade.

4th of July Parade in Springfield, N.Y.
Riding a tractor in the parade.

Celebrating America at the 4th of July Parade in Springfield NY.
Younger generations proudly participate in the parade.

I always get a little teary (not commonplace for me, really) when attending the parade because of the overwhelmingly happy, colorful nature of the event, beautiful spirit of the locals, their close friendships, love for America, and sense of community. As far as attending events, this is, by far, our happiest place to be every year.

At the 4t of July parade in Springfield NY
Friendly conversations happen everywhere at the 4th of July Parade in Springfield.

Watching the 2017 4th of July Parade in Springfield NY
Watching the 4th of July Parade in Springfield.

The Springfield 4th of July Parade is the second oldest continuously running parade in America (Bristol, R.I., takes first honors)!

4th of July Parade in Springfield NY.
Crowd gathers for festivities at the Springfield Fire Station.

And the Brooks BBQ chicken is simply phenomenal and part of the fabric that makes summer vacation so special!

Brooks BBQ at 4th of July Parade in Springfield NY.
BBQ chicken from Brooks.

The Cooperstown NY 4th of July fireworks (date varies) at Otsego Lake is simply spectacular with the beautiful Lakefront Park location on Otsego Lake in downtown Cooperstown, and a very impressive fireworks display. Before the fireworks, the Cooperstown Community Band plays some wonderful music and the fresh air of the Otsego County night brings a refreshing feel!

4th of July at Lakefrot Park in Cooperstown NY.
4th of July at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown.

Fireworks at the 4th of July celebration in Cooperstown.
Fireworks at 4th of July celebration in Cooperstown.

But wait, there's more as they say in those infomercials -- only this time, the product actually delivers on its promise. Over at Glimmerglass State Park off East Lake Rd. in Springfield, thousands turn out to enjoy a free concert and fireworks display alongside Otsego Lake. The cooler summer night, fresh mountain air (OK, big hills) and impressive fireworks display illuminating the big country sky (if you're lucky, with a beautiful sunset) result in something never short of amazing...

Glimerglass State Park 4th of July fireworks and free concert
Gathering under a big pink sky before the 4th of July fireworks at Glimmerglass State Park.

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