News from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb
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For Release: IMMEDIATELY, July 1, 2016
Contact: Michael Fraser, (518) 455-3751
Making The Most Of The Independence Day Weekend
Column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua)

The Fourth of July weekend is one of our nation's oldest and most popular holidays. Folks from all walks of life, all over the country come together to celebrate the day our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and severed ties with an oppressive and overtaxing England.

As one of the original 13 colonies and home to pivotal battles of the Revolutionary War, New York State is rich in history. From the Battle of Saratoga to Sullivan Campaign, there are historic battlefields and parks across the state. If you are looking to visit some of the places where our freedom was secured and defended, New York has plenty of options.

Take a moment to try to imagine the hardships our revolutionary army and navy endured to secure our independence. We also must not forget the men and women across the colonies that came together and made great sacrifices to support the troops with food, clothing, shelter, and supplies to ensure they were successful in beating the most powerful military in the world.

As the father, son, brother and uncle of U.S. veterans, I have a profound respect for the people who have fought bravely for our nation's freedom. I will be thinking of them as we celebrate America's independence and how they often give up their holidays so we can enjoy them safely at home.


Last year, hand and ground-based sparklers and sparkling devices became legal to purchase and use by anyone 18 years of age or older in many counties across the state. These fireworks can be safe, fun and festive as long as they are used properly and the person using them is mindful of their surroundings.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety has a list of safety tips that will help keep everyone safe. The tips cover everything from how to deal with duds to making sure spent fireworks do not create a fire hazard.


To celebrate America's independence, a day of activities starting with a parade in the morning and ending with fireworks at dark will be held on Monday, July 4 at Kershaw Park in Canandaigua. There are few better places in the state to enjoy a day outside than on the shores of Canandaigua Lake. There are numerous planned events for people of all ages across the Finger Lakes. Whatever you do, I wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July.

What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030 or email me at