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Owasco Parade

A scene from the Owasco Fourth of July Parade.

HIT: To celebrating Independence Day.

The midweek July 4 holiday may have been tricky for some people to schedule around, but people in the Cayuga County area still put on their best red, white and blue attire and got out and celebrated. As usual, Emerson Park filled up with thousands of people on July 3, for cookouts, a symphony concert and a fireworks show, and towns all around the area celebrated in their own unique ways.

And the celebration isn't over yet, as Fair Haven hosts its weekend-long party beginning at 10 a.m. Friday leading into Saturday's featured party with a 5K run/walk, classic car show, patriotic music, children's parade and a fireworks show after dark.

MISS: To suspicious algal blooms being spotted in Cayuga Lake.

As the weather heats up, water-watchers have been nervously anticipating the arrival of algae, which can manifest into blooms that can pollute sources of drinking water. Blooms were reported to have formed earlier this week near the eastern and western shores of the lake, forcing the temporary closure of the beach at Long Point State Park in the midst of a heat wave.

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network asks anyone spotting potentially harmful blooms to take photographs, note the time, day and location, and send the information to

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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