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Harborfest is a 4-day/night admission free festival held annually during the last full weekend of July. The 28th Anniversary edition of Harborfest will take place July 23-26, 2015 and will feature live music and entertainment, the Harborfest Family Park featuring the Children’s Musical along with programming and activities for families, the Juried Arts & Crafts venue,
Each year, in addition to the great music and entertainment featured at Harborfest, an educational cultural component/theme is chosen; in 2011 was Great Britain, and in 2010 it was France. For the 25th Anniversary of Harborfest in 2012, it was War of 1812. The French and British were the two main adversaries because of trade restrictions the British introduced to impede trade between the French and United States during the early 1800’s. In 2014, the culmination of remembering the War of 1812 concludes as the theme will commemorate the bicentennial of the “Battle of Fort Oswego” which was fought on May 6, 1814.
The theme is used throughout the festival in various ways, including the children’s parade held on the Friday of Harborfest, the festival’s annual poster, program and merchandise, as well as music and programming.