The town of Greece recently hosted its fifth annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration to mark Independence Day at Greece Town Hall.
The free event kicked off at 7:30 a.m. with the town of Greece Freedom Run 5K. Jason McElwain and Laurie Weidert were the first male and female runners to cross the finish line.
The Superhero Sprint for Kids followed the 5K. Every kid was a superhero that day as they followed Batman, Captain America and Super Mario in warmups and a fun run around the town hall campus. Jared Wade won first place.
Evening festivities picked up around 4 p.m. with the opening of several food trucks, including Lugia’s Ice Cream, Rob’s Kabobs, J&S Fried Dough, Sully’s, Red Osier, Macarollin’ and Dave’s Fine Food. Family-friendly and children’s activities were in full swing as kids enjoyed bounce houses, games and free books from the Library Book Mobile cart.
At 6 p.m. the first act of the night, Josie Waverly, performed at the Greece Town Pavilion. Waverly has performed all over the U.S. as a headliner and opening act. Heavily involved in Greater Rochester, Waverly was named Hilton’s Citizen of the Year, was featured in Rochester Women Magazine and established the late Josie’s Country Jukebox in Spencerport.
Supervisor Bill Reilich took the stage after Waverly’s set to recognize local representatives and introduce the main act of the night: Orleans. Orleans performed the first year that Reilich held the 4th of July Celebration. The pop/rock band has entertained fans since 1972.
The celebration ended with a bang — literally — with the fireworks display.
“The town of Greece Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations draws thousands every year,” Reilich said. “From the 5K in the morning to the fireworks display at night, the day is filled with fun activities for people of all ages. Thank you for all who came out to celebrate with us. I am happy to announce that, for the fifth year in a row, we have been able to provide the best fireworks show around and at no cost to taxpayers.”