ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The fireworks show scheduled to take place at the Empire State Plaza on Tuesday was canceled due to a thunderstorm. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 5.
Cynthia Andrews traveled from New York City to visit her son, and she said that she was very disappointed that the show was canceled.
“I was enjoying the crowd and enjoying this, and I’m just upset that I can’t see the fireworks,” she said. “I came all the way from New York City to see the fireworks with my son. And I might now be able to see the fireworks because I’m going home.”
The original event was in celebration of Independence Day. Prior to the washout, hundreds gathered at the plaza for food, kids entertainment, live musical performances, and a naturalization ceremony.
About 27 people were on stage to celebrate their new citizenship. For Diana Moschella McGrath, she waited twenty years for this moment.
“I started the process so that I could vote with me her for the first time. And finally, I’ve contributed to this country for the last 20 years and my community. And I just wanted to be an American citizen.”
Traffic leaving downtown Albany was high as revelers left the area. Police were out helping to direct traffic. Madison Avenue and State Street were closed for a brief time but have since reopened.
Commissioner Jeanette Moy from the NYS Office of General Services says the ceremony plays a significant role in the event.
“So my family immigrated here from Trinidad. And one of the most special things you can do is to really take a moment to not just celebrate our history, this great nation,” she said. “ But also to give honor to the people who are becoming American citizens today. It’s a really great way to celebrate Independence Day.”
Blaine Breingburst, President of Price Chopper/Market 32, says that it was great to see the community gather together again, especially post-pandemic.
“You know, I think people long to be together. It’s just wonderful to see the crowds,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see people getting on with their lives and being able to enjoy what turned out to be a beautiful day.”
The New York State Fourth of July Celebration will continue tomorrow at 9:15 PM. There will be no Sheila E performance or vendors, but the fireworks show will go on as planned. Please continue to check here as we learn more about adjusted parking restrictions and road closures.
The special coverage for the show on FOX23 and news10.com will also move to Wednesday at 9:00 PM.