Posted by: David Giacalone | July 5, 2017

looking east for fireworks

Historically, people coming to the Stockade for Independence Holiday fireworks look northwest across the Mohawk toward the Isle of the Cayugas and Scotia, to see the annual Jumpin’ Jack’s fireworks show. However, this year’s original JJ fireworks date, June 30, was rained out, and the rescheduled date of July 22 has been cancelled.*

IMG_3999 Nonetheless, a new tradition was apparently started on July 3 and 4, 2017, with fireworks displays sponsored by Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor. Folks came to Riverside Park in the Stockade to see the Rivers Casino fireworks, and by facing east, toward the CSX train trestle, they were able to enjoy a very good view of excellent fireworks [photo at right taken while waiting for the show to start on July 3]. I was not able to be in the audience for the big show on July 4th, but did see the July 3 “teaser”, and had a good time.

It was, however, not one of my more stellar adventures as a photographer, and I only have this Rivers Casino Fireworks collage, from July 3, 2017, to share as this years’s version of the Stockade fireworks experience. [click on it for a larger version]

Thanks go out to Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor for bringing its fireworks flare to Schenectady. I’d like to suggest, nonetheless, that Rush Street consider instead holding its Schenectady fireworks extravaganza at a time of year when we have fewer fireworks shows available. In Philadelphia, for example, they put on a New Year’s fireworks show at their SugarHouse Casino.

For a bit of nostalgia, check out our 2016 Jumpin Jack’s posting, and the links therein. Here is a shot from Cucumber Alley, with neighborhood kids enjoying out traditional perspective, looking toward the Isle of the Cayugas:

*See”Fireworks at Scotia’s Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-in cancelled” (Times Union, by Amanda Fries, July 4, 2017); and Gazette coverage: “Jumpin’ Jack’s cancels July 22 fireworks show“. Here’s the Statement from Jumpin’ Jack’s management about the cancellation of its 2017 Fireworks:

Due to extenuating circumstances we have decided to cancel our fireworks show for the 2017 season. It was a difficult decision to make. We love fireworks, and the huge crowd that joins us to watch them! Our ski team has numerous events and shows scheduled off site in the following weeks, and we don’t want to exclude them from our fireworks festivities. Also, scheduling conflicts with parking availability in Collins Park on the July 22nd date have been brought to our attention. Other groups have time and space reserved, and our event would (hopefully) draw a large crowd that would infringe upon their events.

In addition, many members of our crew are college students who will be returning to school before the end of our season. Without their help, we would be unable to serve our customers to the best of our ability. We hope you will continue to support our US waterski show team every Tuesday night at 7pm. Next time you visit, please be sure to pick up a copy of the Freedom Park summer concert schedule, or visit Ski shows and concerts are completely free.

Thank you to the village of Scotia, and all of the 1st responders, fire dept. , and police dept. for your help keeping our event safe for everyone. We couldn’t do it without you. Please have a safe and happy 4th of July, and a wonderful summer.




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