Utica 4th of July Weather, Parking and Travel Information
Whether you’re planning a road trip or prefer to catch the fireworks and 4th of July parade in Utica, here’s what you need to know this holiday weekend
Expect a sunny 4th of July, but try to stay cool
Friday is expected to be sunny in the Utica area, with temperatures reaching near 90 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. While thunderstorms followed by rain are expected from Friday evening to Saturday, Sunday and Monday are both expected to be sunny with highs around 80.
With high temperatures and sunny skies, staying cool and hydrated is a top priority. People most at risk of heat-related illnesses are infants and young children, people over 65, people who are overweight, people who overwork during work or exercise, and those who suffer from illnesses such as heart disease or who take certain medications, according to the CDC, which advises the following:
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible
- Limit your outdoor activities to the coolest times, such as mornings and evenings, and limit outdoor exercise
- Wear sunscreen, as sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid hot, heavy meals
- Never leave babies, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are ajar
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Advice for boaters this holiday weekend
With warm, sunny weather most of the weekend, it will likely be busy on the water for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Marine and Recreational Patrol, which patrols bodies of water in Oneida County – mostly the eastern half of Oneida Lake, but also smaller bodies. water like Delta Lake as needed – Sgt. unit supervisor. says Scott Kahl.
Although the maritime patrol reported no accidents last year, eight search and rescues were carried out as well as 15 help from vessels or people (when no immediate danger was reported), as well as a total of 73 citations or arrests for 2021.
Kahl advised the following to anyone getting out on the water:
- Always check your safety equipment
- Always let people know your destination and plans
- Make sure the person operating the boat is knowledgeable and someone else can use it as well
- Know all the dangers in the water
- Check the weather forecast
- Always keep everyone’s account with you
Kahl also noted that a new state, known as Brianna’s Law, requires all powerboat operators to have a boating safety certificate for those:
- Born on or after January 1, 1993, from 2020
- Born on or after January 1, 1988, from 2022
- Born on or after January 1, 1983, from 2023
- Born on or after January 1, 1978, from 2024
- Anyone born before January 1, 1978, from 2025
Where to find cheap gasoline for people on the go
After average gasoline prices in New York State hit more than $5 a gallon earlier this month, AAA announced Monday that the state average had fallen to $4.95 a gallon, a drop of five cents from the previous week. While the state average hovered around $4.93 on Thursday and the national average fell to $4.86, gasoline prices in the Utica area were around $4.96. $ per gallon, according to AAA.
If you have to travel this weekend, it is recommended that you check out apps and websites such as GasBuddy, Gas Guru, the AAA mobile app, and Waze. These can be used to locate the lowest gas prices based on location.
Parking and road closures in Utica
In Utica, where an Independence Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and festivities will continue at 7 p.m. in FT Proctor Park with fireworks at dusk, the Utica Police Department announced the bans parking lots and the following road closures on July 4:
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: A temporary parking ban is in effect along the parade route, which begins on Genesee Street across from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, heads north toward Memorial Parkway where it will turn right and head east to the boardwalk. Leisure center.
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The same route will be closed to traffic; those heading to the St. Elizabeth campus of Mohawk Valley Health Systems must use the entrance/exit on Ballantyne Brae.
- 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Parking will be temporarily prohibited or restricted in the following areas due to nighttime festivities and fireworks:
- The 1800 blocks of Girard Street, South Street, Gardner Street and Guelich Street will be restricted to parking on the north side of the street (so vehicles will park facing Culver Avenue towards the Ontario Street);
- The 1600 block of Lansing Street will be limited to parking on the north side of the street;
- Ontario Street from Blandina to Rutger Street will be limited to parking on the west side of the street;
- Ontario Street (Rutger to South Street) will be limited to parking on the east side of the street;
- Parking will be prohibited along the 1800 block of Rutger Street;
- VIP, Vendor or Disabled parking will only be permitted with a disabled pass or placard; parking will be directed to the grassy lots from Ludlow Avenue to Rutger Street and will be accessed via the Culver Avenue and Rutger Street, or Culver Avenue and Redfield Street, traffic stations. On exiting, use Ludlow Avenue to Redfield Street to Culver Avenue.
- 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: The following routes will be closed or rerouted due to nighttime festivities and fireworks:
- Eastbound traffic on Rutger Street north or south on Ontario Street will be diverted at the intersection of Rutger Street and Ontario Street;
- The 1900 block of Rutger Street will be closed;
- Culver Avenue from Bleecker to Rutger Street will be closed;
- All 1800 blocks of Lansing Street, Blandina Street and Culver Court will be closed;
- Poe, Redfield and Ward streets will be closed to necessary local traffic only.
Utica Police also advised that Centro will be offering a free shuttle from Mohawk Valley Community College to Sherman Drive in Proctor Park beginning at 6:30 p.m.
H. Rose Schneider covers public safety, breaking news and trends for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Rose at [email protected]