Fair Haven celebrating the 4th of July despite high water levels slowing them down

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FAIR HAVEN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The weather might be cooperating for the 4th of July, but water levels on Lake Ontario are still high.

As people get ready to celebrate the holiday, those in Fair Haven say the beaches are open and boaters can head out on the water, they just can’t go full throttle.

One family from Auburn is not letting that stop them from celebrating with tradition.

“We grew up coming to this beach for years and years,” said Nancy Mosher.

For Mosher and her six sisters, Fair Haven Beach State Park is tradition, but this year they weren’t sure it would happen.

Even though they can stick their chairs in the sand, it looks a little different. “It used to be bigger and wider,” said Mosher.

For boaters, this 4th of July might look a little different too. “We’re not seeing the boat traffic that we usually see,” said Fair Haven Deputy Mayor Walter Krehling.

With docks underwater and the lake’s level high, you’ll have to leave your skis on the dock. “They can expect they’re just gonna go slow around the lake, idling,” said Krehling.

Still, the village of Fair Haven will ring in Independence Day with fireworks and the boat parade. It’s their way of honoring our heroes, which is what the 4th of July is really about.

“Being with family, and honoring our country,” said Mosher’s sister, Barb Carpenter.

“We said the main thing was to get on the beach and be together so we’re glad that it worked out,” said Mosher.

You can still put your feet in the sand and take a dip in the water, but if you’re out on a boat to make sure you’re doing it safely. Keep in mind there is a 5 mph speed limit if you’re within 1,000 feet from the shoreline.

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