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Independence Day weekend is here and there are so many ways to celebrate locally with something for everyone!

Chautauqua County’s annual July 4 parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Monday in Mayville. There are community celebrations with great food and live music at fantastic outdoor parks in Dunkirk, Lakewood and Mayville. You can catch the Findley Lake Rubber Duck Race at 10:30am and the Boat Parade at 2pm. Cherry Creek Celebration will be held on Saturday, with carnival rides and a parade at 5:00 p.m.

For runners, there are a couple of races available: the Marauder 5K at Dunkirk at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the Firecracker Run at 9 a.m. Monday in Lakewood. For music lovers, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival takes place all weekend in Sherman. Baseball fans can enjoy the Jamestown Tarp Skunks at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park on Sunday or Monday. Take a ride on the historic Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. See Art in the Park at Miller Park in Chautauqua with free Sunday admission to the grounds.

If you are looking for pyrotechnics, there are many options. The flares will skirt Cassadaga Lakes, Chautauqua Lake and Findley Lake on July 4. Fireworks displays will take place Saturday at Cherry Creek, Sunday at Bemus Point and Silver Creek, and Monday at Dunkirk, Lakewood and Mayville.

While all of these big events are unfolding for the holiday weekend, there are still more to come throughout the rest of the summer. Both the Chautauqua Institution and the Lily Dale Assembly have a full lineup of programming during the season. Music on the Pier in Dunkirk is scheduled for every Thursday during the summer, while many other communities also host free concerts in the park on a weekly basis, including Cassadaga, Fredonia, Jamestown, Lakewood, Mayville, and Silver Creek, while many local venues also They feature live musical performances. regularly. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute hosts Art After Five on Wednesday nights with live music and refreshments. Enjoy auto racing at Stateline Speedway on Saturday nights.

Festivals and special events are also plentiful. The Scandinavian Folk Festival will take place July 16-17 at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown. The Chautauqua County Fair returns in full force this year from July 18-24 at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds. The Wild America Nature Festival returns to Panama Rocks July 29-31. The annual Gerry Rodeo is scheduled for August 3-6. The National Comedy Center presents the 30th Annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival August 3-7 in Jamestown. Jamestown Cruise-In is August 12.

This may seem like a complete program, but it is not. To find the most complete list of local events, concerts and more, we recommend you visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s online event calendar at www.tourchautauqua.com/events. For those who lament that ‘there’s nothing to do here’, this calendar will change your mind.

In addition to enjoying all the programming and special productions, we remind you to always support our small businesses and local attractions. It’s the restaurants, specialty shops, attractions, and museums that really create a sense of belonging in our communities. We’re fortunate to have so many wonderful options and we hope you’ll seek them out, whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich or ice cream cone, or a fine dining experience.


The Chamber of Commerce continues its Tuesday talk series based on small business marketing avenues. Coming up in July, we’ll be focusing on how to make your business stand out using local media, as well as a few other tips. This session can be valuable for all types of businesses, whether you are in a retail or service environment.

We hope you’ll join us online on Tuesday, July 19 at 8:30 am for this informative panel discussion. Our panelists will include Andrew Hill of Media One Radio Group and Meredith Patton of OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Register now through our online calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org. This event is sponsored by LaBella Associates, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and the Small Business Development Center at JCC.

Tuesday Talks provide a convenient online forum for learning in an informal panel discussion format. They are held via Zoom so attendees from across the county can log in, learn something useful, and then get back to their busy day. We hope you can join us.


Registration is now open for the popular Silver Creek Yard Sales, scheduled for August 8th. Homeowners who would like to be put on the map for this event can submit their registrations online through the Chamber’s web calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org or can register in person at either of two Silver Creek businesses: Den’s Antiques, 8 Main Street, or at Silver Creek Optical, 41 Main Street. Registration fee is $10 per sale. Sales must be registered before August 1 to appear on the map.

Garage sale maps will be sold at the town park on Silver Creek the morning of the sale. Proceeds from garage sale events help fund Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce scholarships for graduating high school seniors at Forestville and Silver Creek High Schools.


The annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 18 at Peek’n Peak, with early bird pricing when golfers register by July 15. This special offer gives each golfer a $10 discount. The Chamber Golf Tournament is a great opportunity to entertain customers, reward employees, mingle with other golfers, and enjoy a round of golf on a beautiful, professional-grade course. The 2022 Chamber Golf Tournament is sponsored by A Automotive, AES/Empire Solar, Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company, Community Bank, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, DFT Communications , Express Employment Professionals, Jamestown Container Companies, Jamestown Kitchen & Bath, Jamestown Mattress Company, Koester Associates, LaBella Associates, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Shults Auto Group. Register online now through the Chamber’s web calendar event at www.chautauquachamber.org.

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