If you are reading this and think to yourself that I am talking to you, then I am sorry to tell you that you might be one of the worst people in the entire state of New York.

Here is my open letter to people still shooting off fireworks. PLEASE STOP!


I get it, we as Americans love to show our love for our country and there is no better way to do that than to shoot off some fireworks. But we are now several days past the 4th of July and now is the time for you to stop shooting off fireworks at 1 am in the neighborhood.

This year was a weird year for fireworks with the 4th of July being on a Thursday. A lot of us had to work on Friday so maybe you didn't stay up late on Thursday to see fireworks. So it was nice to see some towns and even some neighbors lighting up the sky on Friday.  But now is the time to stop.


But now there is no reason for people in the neighborhood to be shooting off fireworks today or tonight. You had the past 72 hours to shoot all your fireworks off. You had an extra day or two this year to shoot off all the fireworks you wanted.

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As most of us get ready to head back to work tomorrow, let's keep the neighborhood nice and quiet.

Celebrate America with Red-White-and-Blue Upstate New York Donuts!

The Fourth of July is a wonderful way for us to celebrate America. And we do so in many ways. A parade, fireworks, a concert, family picnics, a baseball game and more. And we celebrate in Upstate New York with donuts.

Many of our readers know that each year on Independence Day, this gallery looks at some pretty, creative and oh so delicious donuts that are being offered in the bakery shops around Upstate New York. A donut is the perfect canvas to go crazy with the red-white-and-blue colors and designs. It seems that the only limit to these baker's creativity is their imagination.

Here are a bunch of the best donut shops we could find in Upstate New York, looking randomly from the Hudson River to western New York. Take a look at this dazzling array of colorful patriotic designs for July 4th. Very nice!

So happy birthday America! And we hop e you will celebrate in your own private way by watching a fireworks show, getting together with relatives, and maybe even chomping down on a delicious red-white-and-blue Independence Day donut!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

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