OSWEGO COUNTY – Oswego County continues to commemorate its bicentennial with events and activities throughout the area. Kick off this month’s festivities with a grand bicentennial celebration over Independence Day weekend.
• Oswego Stamp Club Ceremony: On Saturday, July 2, come to Fort Ontario State Historic Site on East Fourth Street in Oswego from noon to 3 p.m. for a bicentennial postal commemoration. The Oswego Stamp Club marks the bicentennial with an official postal imprint ceremony followed by a reception. For more information, e-mail [email protected]
• American Freedom Train: On Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, visit the Oswego Railroad Museum on West First Street for the “American Freedom Train” exhibit. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. both days and there is a small admission charge. For details, call 806-2193.
• Elias Cady Dedication: On Sunday, July 3, the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presents a grave marking for Revolutionary War Veteran Elias Cady at 10 a.m. at the Merritt Cemetery on Merritt Road in Granby. For more information, call 598-6500.
• Independence Day Parade, Community Picnic, and More! On Sunday, July 3, bring the whole family to Oswego to celebrate the country’s Independence Day and the county’s bicentennial. All day, enjoy history displays, vendors, live music, food, games and fun! Festivities begin with a parade along Bridge Street at 1 p.m. followed by a community picnic at Fort Ontario State Historic Site on East Fourth Street. The fun continues at the fort with the Oswego Players production of the children’s play, “Trouble in the Magic Wood” at 6 p.m. Children in grades 3 or above should arrive by 5 p.m. to participate. Later, watch fireworks over the harbor at dusk! For details, call 349-8322.
• Bell and Siren Dedication: On Saturday, July 9, the town of New Haven hosts a dedication ceremony for the town’s first school bell and the Shepard Estate’s fire siren at 2 p.m. at the town hall on NYS Rte. 104. For more information, call 963-3900.
• Brown Bag History Luncheon: On Wednesday, July 13, the Pulaski Historical Society on Maple Avenue hosts a “Brown Bag Luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a presentation by Terry Rossman about local American Indians. For more information, call 298-4650.
• Fort Ontario Tours: On Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, visit Fort Ontario State Historic Site on East Fourth Street during Oswego’s Harborfest. The fort is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a small admission charge. For details, call 343-4711.
Admission is free for all events unless otherwise noted.
To learn more about the county’s bicentennial or see other upcoming events, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com