Plans are well underway for Honor America Days 2013: The 30th Anniversary of Honor America Days, to be held on Saturday, July 27th. Groups and organizations are contacting the Chamber in preparation for this year's events. In addition, we will be recognizing 30 years of Honor America Days events with a spectacular fireworks show presented by Berkshire Bank during the Symphoria Orchestra Pops Concert at Fort Stanwix.
Honor America Days has grown to become one of the most recognizable events in the Mohawk Valley. As Honor America Days' popularity has grown, so have other events like the Rotary Club's 11th annual Canal Fest, the 4th annual East Rome Memories picnic as well as many, many more events held citywide like local ice cream socials, church suppers, chicken barbeques and children's events. The parade divisions are filling up fast, and there still may be room for your group or organization to join the fun. See the link on the Chamber website where you will find the application or call the Chamber to see if there are any spots still available. The Honor America Days Committee has added new awards to recognize the many different floats and unique entertainment that makes Rome's parade second to none.
For the first time in its 30 year history the RFA Marching Band will be appearing in the annual parade on Saturday, July 27, 10:00am. Under the direction of Jake Meiss the marching band will be debuting newly purchased band uniforms. The Westmoreland High School Marching Band will also be making a return appearance to this summer's parade. Along with them, the parade will feature at least a dozen more groups encompassing many different genres of music along with an entire division of the Ziyara Shriners featuring clowns, motorcycles and the entertainingly zany antics of the Shriners.
Once again, Syracuse's Symphoria will present the annual 8:00pm concert on the lawn of Fort Stanwix National Monument. The orchestra will present a mix of pops and patriotic musical tunes for concert goers.
In a change for the 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Committee has chosen to contract with Rome based Entertainment Services for all its audio and staging this year. Entertainment Services will provide state of the art audio as well as an elevated stage allowing the entire audience to see the symphony.
In addition to the many technical advantages that Entertainment Services has to offer, for the first time we will have a 9' x 12' Jumbotron screen at this year's concert. We believe the ability to stream live content during the concert will greatly add to the audience's visual experience during the concert. We will have the ability to tape the parade and show the film on the Jumbotron for preconcert entertainment. We are extremely excited about the enhancements Entertainment Services will make for the concert. With the addition of the Jumbotron screen at this year's Pops Concert, Symphoria will add a Sing A Long for the whole crowd to participate in during the concert. The words will be displayed on the Jumbo Tron and the Honor America Days Committee hopes this becomes a new tradition of offering another opportunity for the concert goers to feel a part of the festivities.
As always, the concert will culminate with the 1812 Overture followed by the Stars and Stripes and for the second year in a row, Berkshire Bank will present another fantastic fireworks show in honor of the HAD 30th Anniversary.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we are again soliciting major sponsorships, parade division sponsorships and new to this year's celebration will be HAD pole banners to be placed in strategic locations like the Fort Stanwix area, East Dominick Street and possibly sections of the parade route. These pole banners will be on display for approximately a month during July/August.
We hope you come and enjoy all the Honor America Days activities. We are looking forward to another festive and fun event for all.
Jackie Izzo, Chairperson
Honor America Days Committee
For a complete listing of all the events, visit our Calendar of Events page.
Have an event? Add Your Event to the Chamber's Calendar.
For more details or to enter the parade, download and submit the Parade Application (pdf).
Posted: 3 Jul 2013