Thanks to a last-minute donation, the City of Rochester's annual fireworks show on New Year's Eve will go on.
Om and Swadesh Popli have provided funding to cover the cost.
City officials had announced earlier this week that the show would be canceled due to lack of attendance and rising costs. The amount of the donation has not been disclosed.
The fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. The best viewing will be from the Main Street Bridge. Main Street from South Avenue to State Street will be closed to traffic starting at 8 p.m. The Broad Street and Court Street bridges will close starting at 8:30 p.m.
Several family-friendly events will lead up to the fireworks display, including: a New Year's Eve party at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a dance party, bounce houses, an obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, caricature artists, a magician, and costumed characters. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
Free admission to the ice rink at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St., will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Skate rental costs $3. Family skate will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. with skating for those ages 16 and up will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.