Independence Day weekend is here and there are so many ways to celebrate locally with something for everyone!
Chautauqua County’s annual 4th of July Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday in Mayville. There are community celebrations with great food and live music in great outdoor parks in Dunkirk, Lakewood and Mayville. You can watch the rubber duck race at Findley Lake at 10:30 a.m. and the boat parade at 2 p.m. The Cherry Creek celebration will take place on Saturday, with rides and a parade at 5 p.m.
For the runners, there are a few races on the program: the Marauder 5K in Dunkirk at 9am on Saturday and the Firecracker Run at 9am on Monday in Lakewood. For music lovers, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival runs all weekend in Sherman. Baseball fans can enjoy the Jamestown Tarp Skunks at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park on Sunday or Monday. Take a ride on the historic Bemus Point-Stow ferry. Experience Art in the Park at Miller Park in Chautauqua with free Sunday admission to the grounds.
If you’re looking for pyrotechnics, there are plenty of options. Flares will line Cassadaga Lakes, Chautauqua Lake and Findley Lake on July 4. Fireworks will take place Saturday at Cherry Creek, Sunday at Bemus Point and Silver Creek, and Monday at Dunkirk, Lakewood and Mayville.
While all of these big events roll out for the holiday weekend, there’s even more to come during the rest of the summer. Both the Chautauqua Institution and the Lily Dale Assembly have full programming throughout the season. Music on Dunkirk Pier is scheduled every Thursday in the summer, while many other communities also offer free concerts in the park each week, including Cassadaga, Fredonia, Jamestown, Lakewood, Mayville and Silver Creek, while many local venues also offer live musical performances. regularly. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute hosts Art After Five nights on Wednesdays with live music and refreshments. Enjoy auto racing at Stateline Speedway on Saturday nights.
Festivals and special events are also plentiful. The Scandinavian Folk Festival will be held July 16-17 at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown. The Chautauqua County Fair is back in force this year from July 18 to 24 at the Dunkirk exhibition center. The Wild America Nature Festival returns to Panama Rocks July 29-31. The annual Gerry Rodeo is scheduled for August 3-6. The National Comedy Center presents the 30th Annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival August 3-7 in Jamestown. Jamestown Cruise-In is August 12.
It may look like a complete program, but it’s not. To find the most comprehensive list of local events, concerts and more, we invite you to visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s online events calendar at www.tourchautauqua.com/events. For those who lament that there is “nothing to do here”, this calendar will change your mind.
In addition to enjoying all the programming and special productions, we remind you to always support our local small businesses and attractions. It’s the restaurants, specialty retailers, attractions and museums that really create a sense of place in our communities. We’re lucky to have so many wonderful options and hope you’ll seek them out, whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich or an ice cream cone, or a fine dining experience.
TUESDAY CONFERENCES: GET YOUR COMPANY NOTED
The Chamber of Commerce is continuing its series of Tuesday Talks based on marketing avenues for small businesses. Coming in July, we’ll focus on how to get your business noticed through the use of local media as well as other tips. This session can be useful for all types of businesses, whether you are in a retail business or a service establishment.
We hope you’ll join us online at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19 for this informative roundtable. Our panelists will include Andrew Hill from Media One Radio Group and Meredith Patton from the OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Register now via our online calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org. This event is sponsored by LaBella Associates, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and JCC’s Small Business Development Center.
Tuesday’s Discussions provide a convenient online forum for learning in a casual roundtable format. They’re taking place via Zoom so attendees across the county can connect, learn something useful, and then get back to their busy day. We hope you can join us.
SIGN UP NOW FOR SILVER CREEK’S 30TH ANNUAL CLEARANCE SALE
Registration is now open for the popular Silver Creek Yard Sales, scheduled for August 8th. Owners who wish to be listed on the map for this event can submit their entries online through the Chamber’s web calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org or can register in person. at one of two Silver Creek businesses: Den’s Antiques, 8 Main Street, or at Silver Creek Optical, 41 Main Street. The registration cost is $10 per sale. Sales must be registered by August 1 in order to be on the map.
Garage sale cards will be sold in the Silver Creek Village Park on the morning of sale day. Proceeds from garage sales help support Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce scholarships to high school seniors from Forestville and Silver Creek High Schools.
EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS JULY 15 FOR CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT
The annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 18 at Peek’n Peak, with preferential rates when golfers register before July 15. This special offer allows each golfer to benefit from a reduction of $10. The Chamber Golf Tournament is a great opportunity to entertain guests, reward employees, network with fellow golfers, and enjoy a round of golf on a beautiful, pro-level course. The 2022 Chamber Golf Tournament is sponsored by A Automotive, AES/Empire Solar, Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company, Community Bank, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, DFT Communications , Express Employment Professionals, Jamestown Container Companies, Jamestown Kitchen & Bath, Jamestown Mattress Company, Koester Associates, LaBella Associates, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and Shults Auto Group. Register online now through the Chamber web calendar event at www.chautauquachamber.org.