A number of cities, towns, and villages across New York state are celebrating Independence Day with fireworks displays for 2022, something that's been missing the past few years during the coronavirus pandemic.

Independence Day fireworks were canceled pretty much everywhere across the nation in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Several cities, towns, and villages did bring them back for 2021. But even more displays will be held across New York state this year.

Here are some places you can check out July 4th fireworks in Central and Upstate New York

New York Fireworks Displays:

Albany - Empire State Plaza - July 4
Alex Bay – Boldt Castle - July 4
 Auburn - Emerson Park - July 3
 Baldwinsville - Paper Mill Island - July 1
 Brewerton/Cicero - Oneida River - July 3
Canandaigua - Lincoln Hills Farms - July 4
Cazenovia - Cazenovia Lake - July 4
 Clay - Great Northern Mall - July 28
• Clayton - St Lawrence River - July 3
• Clifton Park  Clifton Common - July 4
Fair Haven - Little Sodus Bay - July 2
Glens Falls - Washington County Fairgrounds - July 4
• Greenwood Lake - Greenwood Lake - July 2
• Hamilton - Colgate University - July 4
Herkimer - Herkimer County Community Collge - June 30
• Hinckley - Hinckley Lake - July 3
• Hornell - Veteran's Memorial Park - July 4
Inlet - Arrowhead Park - July 4
Lake George - Waterfront - July 4
• Lake Placid – Mirror Lake - July 4
• Long Lake - Long Lake Town Beach - July 4
Manilus - Village Center - July 2
Margaretville Village Park Field Days - July 4
 New York State Fairgrounds - July 1 & July 2
OswegoOswego River - July 3
Oswego Speedway - July 2
• Piseco Piseco Lake - July 3
• Sackets Harbor - Over the Harbor - July 4
Sherburne - Paddleford Park - July 4
Sodus Point - Sodus Bay Pier - July 3
Speculator Speculator Pavilion - July 2
• Springfield – Glimmerglass State Park - July 4
 Syracuse  - NBT Bank Stadium - July 1
• Ticonderoga - Bicentennial Park - July 1-4
• Utica - Proctor Park - July 4
• Watertown – Thompson Park - June 3

Did we miss any? Email Polly@BigFrog104.com to add it to the list.

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It's not really common to see northern lights in Central New York, but photographer Kurt Gardner captured the beautiful conformation of them near Old Forge. We're usually too far south of the North Pole, but sometimes we get lucky.
Auroras are caused by the Sun. The Sun is not only hot and bright, but it's also full of energy and small particles that fall toward Earth. NASA says the protective magnetic field around Earth shields us from most of the energy and particles, and we don't even notice them.
The amount of energy the Sun sends, depends on the streaming solar wind and solar storms. During one kind of solar storm called a coronal mass ejection, the Sun expels a huge bubble of electrified gas that can travel through space at high speeds.
When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth's atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light. Nitrogen glows blue and purple. [NASA]

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