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It wouldn't be a July 4th celebration without fireworks. But for the past few years, Ithaca's skies were dark on Independence Day, as local residents traveled to nearby Dryden to watch an illuminating display of red, white, and blue. After one month of fundraising and with help from Mayor Svante Myrick, the city came together to raise more than $14,000 to bring the fireworks back to Ithaca this summer.


 If you have yet to experience a ChiliFest, you are seriously missing out. Every year Ithaca hosts the Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off in the commons, which features the cream of the crop of chili creations. The restaurants never fail to impress, and this year was no exception.


What better way to celebrate a new season in Ithaca than with a winter festival?


Ithaca Festival is one of Ithaca's oldest and best festivals - - and that's saying a lot! Having partially emptied from students leaving after final exams and commencements, the town filled up again as locals and people from across the state filtered in to enjoy the weekend-long event.


The Ithaca Festival is four days of celebrating Ithaca and the artists that make it such a unique community. This annual event began as “Celebration Ithaca” in 1977, making this year the festival’s 34th anniversary. As their website states, Ithaca Festival typically brings in over 30,000 people over the course of the four days.


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