Rochester hosting NYE celebration, fireworks dedicated to Frederick Douglass


Rochester, N.Y.- The City of Rochester is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration Sunday with a fireworks display dedicated to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The celebration includes free ice skating at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and a family-friendly party at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

This year’s fireworks show over the Main Street Bridge will be dedicated to Douglass, as 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The City created a commemorative logo incorporating the City flower and Frederick Douglass’ image.

“Douglass would be proud to see his adopted hometown today as we have made great strides in creating jobs, bringing vibrancy to our neighborhoods and creating better educational opportunities for our residents. While we know that our work is not done, we look forward to the new year with optimism,” said Mayor Lovely Warren.

A family skate will be held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an adult skate from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., families can warm up indoors at the Convention Center with a DJ dance party, giant bounce houses, an obstacle course, airbrush tattoos and more.

The evening ends with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Free parking will be available from 6 to 11 p.m. at the following garages: South Avenue Garage, 39 Stone St.; Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd.; Sister Cities Garage, 28 N. Fitzhugh St.; Court Street Garage, 194 Court St.; and Mortimer Street Garage, 25 N. Clinton Ave.

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