Organizers happy the show was able to go on

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Officials with the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Rome — along with a full array of sponsors — are hailing the return of the annual Honor America Days concert and fireworks display.

The HAD celebration was funded by the following businesses and organizations that voluntarily agreed to sponsor the 2021 Honor America Days Celebration: The Christopher P. Destito Fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc; Berkshire Bank; The Rome Sentinel; Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; American Fireworks; Rome Health AIS; Kris-Tech Wire; Price Chopper/Market 32; Revere Copper Products; Fort Stanwix National Monument; Stewart’s Shops; Express Employment Professionals; Sovena USA; Orgill, Inc.; LCS Janitorial Service & Supply; Turning Stone Resort Casino; AmeriCU Credit Union; Capraro Technologies; National Grid; CRM; Liberty Affordable Housing and Utica Mack.

“The annual event, which began in 1984, is a patriotic salute to our heritage featuring Americana at its best as we boost community pride, raise people’s spirits, and promote the attributes of living in our great city and community,” said Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President William K. Guglielmo. “Judging from the reactions of the thousands of attendees who enjoyed the main features of the celebration, which included the performance by Symphoria Symphony Orchestra, the cannon fire by Fort Stanwix, and the fireworks display by American Fireworks Display LLC, the program was successful in meeting people’s expectations. A flyover by the Mercy Flight Central helicopter took place during the performance, adding to the celebratory theme of the evening.”

As the orchestra performed on stage, the coordination of activities off stage that added to the overall enjoyable experiences of the evening were ably orchestrated under the direction of Honor America Days Committee Chair and Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo.

“We are very pleased with the attendance, which was similar to past concerts. There were thousands of people throughout the downtown area and in adjacent parking lots enjoying the music and the fireworks show that followed,” said Guglielmo. “For this year’s event, we were not so concerned with attendance numbers – we were more focused on all the duties that needed to be accomplished within such a short timeframe to organize and present the event.”

He said, “We remind everyone to enjoy other community events this month including the Aug. 6-8 Canalfest at Bellamy Harbor Park, presented by the Rotary Club of Rome.” In 2022, the Honor America Days Parade will return on July 30, stepping off at 10 a.m. and followed later that evening with a program very similar to last weekend’s at the fort. Organizations and groups interested in participating should send their requests to info@RomeChamber.com.

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