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BATAVIA OBSERVES 75TH BIRTHDAY JULY 4 PARADE, PICNIC IN THE PARK TO KICK OFF CELEBRATION

The 75th birthday celebration commemorating Batavia's incorporation as a city will begin on the Fourth of July with a birthday parade and the Genesee Arts Council's traditional Picnic in the Park.

Councilman Steven L. Dworzack, chairman of the Anniversary Committee, said the U.S. Postal Service will set up a substation at the historic Holland Land Office at 9 a.m. on the holiday, where a special cachet will be on sale and letters can be postmarked and mailed.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., winding up at Centennial Park where State Sen. John B. Sheffer II and Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley will read proclamations.

The evening of July 4 will be "Batavia Birthday Night" at the New York Penn League's Clippers baseball game, which will be followed by a fireworks display.

On July 7, there will be amateur and professional bike races, the latter competing for $1,000. On July 8, there will be an All Church Picnic in Austin Park at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m., an ecumenical celebration.

City officials will bury a time capsule July 8, prepared by city Boy and Girl Scout troops, in front of City Hall

Batavia was founded early in the 19th century by surveyor Joseph Ellicott, became a village in 1823 and was incorporated as a city on Jan. 1, 1915.

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