Independence Day Weekend 2015

Whether you are celebrating with friends or with family, in Westchester, Albany or somewhere in between we have an event that will fit your schedule and interests.  Enjoy your Independence Day holiday in the Hudson River Valley!

* Due to the inclement weather on Independence Day, please visit website/call contact found in the listing for up to date information.

Upper Hudson Valley

July 3
Red, White & Blue Glow in the Park Night @ Tri-City Valley  Cats, “The Joe” Stadium, Troy
Fans will receive a glow stick to shine bright during the post game fireworks. Tri-City Valley Cats v. Vermont Lake Monsters;  Game at 6:30 pm; www.tcvalleycats.com

Rockin’ on the River Concert with Fireworks, downtown Troy
East Bound Jesus plays at the Troy Riverfront Park with firework show following concert. 5:00pm.  FREE.  www.downtowntroy.org

July 4
4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Dutch Apple Cruises, Inc., 141 Broadway, Albany
Join us on the 4th of July for a great view of the City of Albany’s Fireworks from the Hudson River! The Entertainment & Hors D’oeuvres Cruise is from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Boat begins boarding at 7:00pm. Full cash bar available. Something the whole family can enjoy! 7:30-9:30pm (boards 7pm). www.dutchapplecruises.com

An Old-Fashioned Independence Day, Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Ave, Germantown
18th Century crafts, reenactments, music, entertainment, and a visit from George Washington. A great day for young families. Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson. Fee: $10/per vehicle.   www.friendsofclermont.org

Barbarian Blitz – Obstacle Course Race, Riedlbauer’s Resort,  57 Ravine Dr, Round Top
2pm.  www.riedlbauersresort.com

Independence Day Celebration @ Tri-City Valley Cats, “The Joe” Stadium, Troy
Enjoy one of the best fireworks displays in the Capital Region. Tri-City Valley Cats v. Vermont Lake Monsters; Game at 6:30pm  www.tcvalleycats.com

Independence Day Celebration, Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown
The Town of Germantown will once again host its annual Independence Day celebration with fireworks, live music, and food vendors. Children will also delight in a petting zoo, pony rides, Mad Science performance, “Birds of Prey” with live raptors, safety demonstrations by the fire department and much more. 4pm, $15/vehicle, $3/walkers, Free/children 3 and under,  Rain date: July 5.  www.germantownny.org

Independence Day Celebration at Schuyler Mansion, 32 Catherine St., Albany
An old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on the mansion grounds, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A variety of 18th-century activities may be sampled throughout the afternoon: candle dipping and tinsmithing demonstrations will be available, Historic Cherry Hill’s Hudson River Trading Game, and hands on activities for the whole family. 11am–4pm. www.schuylerfriends.org

July 4th Oration – “Slavery by Another Name: Mass Incarceration in Modern America”, The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, 194 Livingston Ave, Albany
Framed by Frederick Douglass’s 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”, we gather this July 4th, 2014 to investigate the inequities that still exist in our society, learn about what is being done to address these issues, and consider ways that we can actively respond.  11am–1pm. www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/events-calendar

Lebanon Valley Speedway Racing and Fireworks,  1746 Rt 20, West Lebanon
Saturday night racing at Lebanon Valley with all weekly divisions, plus Sportsmans and The Biggest & Best Fireworks Display Mankind Has Ever Seen!!!  Gates open at 5pm.  www.lebanonvalley.com

Music in the Park-Summer Concert Series-“Guilty Pleasure”, Dutchman’s Landing, Main Street, Catskill
7-9pm.  Facebook/Catskill.Musicinthepark

New York State’s 4th of July Celebration,  Empire State Plaza, Albany
Price Chopper has presented this Albany tradition since our country’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. The annual holiday celebration features live music and fun for the whole family including the best fireworks show in the region. Each year, more than 30,000 people gather to enjoy the day at the Plaza, which includes a naturalization ceremony, dozens of food and craft vendors, activities for kids, and an evening of live entertainment leading up to the big pyrotechnics show.  3–10pm. www.summer.empirestateplaza.org/event-display/131

OMNY Taiko Drummers, Orpheum Theater, 6050 Main St, Tannersville
Experience the powerful vibrations of Grammy Award Winner Koji Nakamura and OMNY Taiko’s traditional Japanese taiko drumming.  6pm. www.catskillmtn.org

Peoples Parade – Rothermel Park, Rothermel Ave to Village Square,  Kinderhook
Everyone is invited to participate!  Make your own float. Decorate your car, stroller, wagon, garden tractor, lawn mower or bike. Anything you can push or ride, decorate it with good old American Pride! Wear your red, white and blue. We need you and your patriotic spirit! Join the crowds who bring a chair to relax and watch the parade from the sidelines.  11am.
www.kinderhookbusiness.com/july-4-parade.html

Sand Sculpture Contests
Grafton Lakes State Park, 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton
Cherry Plain State Park, 10 State Park Rd, Petersburg
Bring your shovels, props and your creativity as extra points are given for originality!
Grafton Lakes State Park:  Register at Beach Nature Center.  Prizes for everyone!
Cherry Plain: Prizes for everyone! Register anytime during the afternoon at Cherry Plain’s beach and get started whenever you are ready.  Judging begins at 5 PM.
www.nysparks.com

Tannersville 4th of July Celebration, Main St, Tannersville
Live music on Main Street with craft and food vendors.   Noon to 5PM, parade 3PM on Main Street, Tannersville. www.communityeventsny.com

“Trunk Sale”,  parking lot at the corner of Bridge St & Water St, Catskill
9am-1pm.  www.CultivateCatskill.wordpress.com

July 4-5
Diamondback Motocross Racing, The Weldon House, 2119 Route 145, East Durham
www.diamondback-mx.com

Hudson Valley Sightseeing Cruise, Hudson Cruises, Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson
While on the vessel, one can view the Hudson River Valley seeing the wall of Manitou and The Sleeping Giant of the Catskills, to the Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Herons that are frequent and exciting to see. All this on the beautiful Hudson River!  1pm. Buy tickets here.  www.hudsoncruises.com

July 5
Sunday Funday! Patriotic Jersey Auction! @ Tri-City Valley Cats, “The Joe” Stadium, Troy
During the game, bid on our team’s patriotic themed jerseys! Purchase 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas starting at $25! Tri-City Valley Cats v. Vermont Lake Monsters;  Game at 5pm.  www.tcvalleycats.com

 

Mid Hudson Valley

July 2
Independence Day Fireworks & Music Celebration in New Paltz, Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd, New Paltz
Gates open 5pm. Music, food and festivities, fireworks at dusk.  www.townofnewpaltz.org

July 3

East Fishkill Concert at East Fishkill Recreation Park, Rt 376 and Rt 82 East Fishkill
Adam and the Newhearts at 7pm, followed by a Fireworks Display at 9:15pm. www.eastfishkillny.org/node/66

Independence Day Celebration in Highland,  Town Field near Municipal Parking Lot, Highland
Old-fashioned field day with family fun games. Food vendors. Live & DJ music and Fireworks.   5-9pm.  www.townoflloyd.com

Saugerties First Friday, Village of Saugerties
Special activities & fun, 6–9pm. Facebook.com/SaugertiesFirstFriday

July 4

114th reading of The Declaration of Independence at Van Wyck (Village) Hall, 1095 Main St, Fishkill.
Hear the inspiring document that started it all read out loud on the steps of the historic Van Wyck (Village) Hall, 11am.  www.vofishkill.us

4th of July Picnic bash on Bannerman’s Island, Beacon
Enjoy a picnic feast while listening to Celtic Ol’ time, original tunes and humor in a variety of music by DaPROF & STARR. Self-guided tour of Bannerman Island and incredible views of the Hudson River. Boat departs from Beacon Institute Floating Dock on waterfront, across from train station, $75. Reservation at ZERVE 855-256-4007 or call  Neil Caplan at 845-831-6346. 12 noon. www.BannermanCastle.org

First Saturday Arts in Kingston
From uptown’s Stockade District to downtown’s waterfront Rondout District, Kingston is a city rich in history, architecture, visual & performing arts and even the culinary arts. Vibrant First Saturday gallery receptions offer a glimpse of what this creative city has to offer. Events throughout the year include live music, open studio tours, theatrical performances, historical reenactments, arts & cultural activities and so much more. 5-9pm. For a list of galleries.
www.artalongthehudson.com/Kingston
Kingstonhappenings.org

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Hudson Valley, Walkway over the Hudson
West entrance: 87 Haviland Rd, Highland (one level)
East entrance: 130 Washington St, Poughkeepsie (stairs),  83 North Water St, Poughkeepsie (elevator)
Premier view of Poughkeepsie’s spectacular fireworks from Walkway Over the Hudson. Bring your chairs, flashlights, snacks and make an evening of it. Gates open  6:30pm, fireworks start between 9-9:30pm. Tickets: $12.50 each (Children 5 & under free).  Buy Tickets at Walkway.org.

Independence Day in Ellenville, Resnick Airport (off Rt 209), Village of Ellenville
Arts & Crafts, food, in Liberty Square, 9am–3pm. Parade with floats & bands begins at noon,  9am–3pm, Fireworks  9:30pm. townofwawarsing.net

Independence Day Parade, Main St/Rt 9 north Regina Coeli School, Hyde Park
Float Competition, marching and performing groups, community and civic groups. The theme is “Recognizing Our Local Landmarks”, 10am. www.hydeparkny.us

July 4th Celebration in Kingston, T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston
Featuring food, music & fun starting on the Rondout at 6pm. Fireworks on the Rondout at dusk. kingstonhappenings.org

July 4th Celebration in Saugerties, Saugerties High School, Washington Avenue & through the Village of Saugerties
Annual Parade of floats, bands & marchers,  11am and fireworks at dusk, village.saugerties.ny.us

Stockade National Historic District Walk Tour, Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, corner of Wall St & Main St, Kingston
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the largest early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. $10/adult, $5/children under 16, Free/FHK members.  1pm departure.  fohk.org

FIREWORKS viewing:
Fireworks are presented by the City of Poughkeepsie, area businesses, and the Walkway Over the Hudson at dusk.
View from Waryas Park, Main St., and Park free in municipal lots. 9pm. www.CityofPoughkeepsie.com

View them from the Hudson River aboard the M/V Mystere, Empire Cruise Lines,  www.empirecruiselines.com

City of Beacon is doing fireworks at Memorial Park, Fishkill Ave., Beacon. www.cityofbeacon.org

Lower Hudson Valley

July 1

Concert & Fireworks at Nanuet High School, 103 Church St, Nanuet
Clarkstown’s annual concert and fireworks will have bounce houses for children and a demonstration by the Rockland County Radio Control Club at 7:15 pm. Concert at 6 pm and fireworks at 9:15pm  Rain date: July 2. www.clarkstown.org

July 2

The American Roots Music Festival, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah
Folk, bluegrass, blues, jazz, gospel, and country music.  12:30pm. $20-$40; children under 16 are half-price.  www.caramoor.org

Fireworks at Bowline Park, 1 Bowline Plant Rd, Haverstraw
Don’t miss Haverstraw’s annual fireworks display at Bowline Park. 9 pm. Rain date: July 3.  www.townofhaverstraw.org

July 2-4
Rye Playland,  Rye
Enjoy rides during the day and Free fireworks at night. www.ryeplayland.org

July 3

Dinner Along the Delaware and Fireworks, Riverside Park, Port Jervis
Dinner 6-8:30pm; Fireworks 9:15pm Enjoy a sampling from local Tri-State area eateries and watch a spectacular fireworks display from Point Peter while patriotic music is simulcast. Tickets are limited, www.portjervisny.org/slider/dinner-along-the-delaware-fireworks-show-is-back

Fireworks, Town of Wallkill Golf Course, Middletown
Parking at Circleville Elementary School. Fireworks at Dusk. No parking at the golf course. 6pm – 9pm. www.townofwallkill.com

Kensico Dam Music Fest, Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla
Enjoy music and fireworks while picnicking on the grounds.  6pm. www.parks.westchestergov.com

Fireworks at Lake Carmel
Fireworks will be launched from the eastern part of the lake which will create many viewing locations.  Be sure to get their early and set up a blanket. Fireworks at 8:45pm.  www.tourputnam.org/fireworks-displays-in-putnam

An Old Fashioned 4th of July, Muscoot Farm, 51 Rt 100, Katonah
Celebrate with historical games and ice cream making. 1-3pm. FREE. www.muscootfarm.org

Pops, Patriots and Fireworks, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
Violinist Clares Yang performs variations of Henry Vieeuxtemp’s “Yankee Doodle” and other American favorites, with post-concert fireworks for ticketholders only. July 3, 8pm. $30-$60; under 16 half-price.  www.caramoor.org

Fireworks Spectacular, Southeast
This spectacular is the most accessible for those visiting from out of town. A shuttle will be available to transport those who use MetroNorth from the Southeast Station to the viewing location on Independent Way. The night will be filled with music, fireworks, and fun. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Facebook.com/Independence Day Southeast

July 4

Festivities and Fireworks at Dockside Park, Village of Cold Springs
Festivities will be starting at 4pm and will include live music, the village parade, a veteran honor ceremony, and more all leading up to the fireworks at 9pm.
www.tourputnam.org/fireworks-displays-in-putnam/

Fireworks at Memorial Park, Piermont Ave, Nyack
Fireworks will be launched from Memorial Park in Nyack on the Hudson River. 8:30 pm. www.visitnyack.org

July 4 Jamboree, John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street, Katonah
The American Colonials Fife and Drum kicks off the Jamboree, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors have an opportunity to sign a copy of the Declaration, play colonial games, and view a patriotic pet parade. 11am-4pm. FREE. www.johnjayhomstead.org

Pearl River Fireworks Display, Central Ave Field, Pearl River
Celebrate the 4th of July in Pearl River with a fireworks display at Central Avenue Field. 9 pm.  www.orangetown.com

West Point Band Music Under the Stars-Independence Day Celebration
Trophy Point Amphitheater, West Point
There is no better way to celebrate our country’s Independence than with the West Point Band! It will be an evening of patriotic music ranging from marches to popular songs. Come for the world-class music and stay for the awesome fireworks over the Hudson. Free. Rain date Sun Jul 5. 8pm – 10pm. www.westpointband.com

July 4-5

Great American Weekend, Goshen Village Green at South Church Street and Main Street
34th Annual Great American Weekend with over 150 vendors, antiques, exhibits, live entertainment, 5K/10K race, children’s rides, food, hat contest and Grand Circuit Harness Racing at the adjacent Goshen Historic Track (Post time 1pm). Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. www.goshennychamber.com

Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, 44 Battlefield Road, Stony Point
Gather at the 6-pounder cannon for a reading by a costumed soldier in General Washington’s army of the famous document, which spelled out the American patriots’ intentions to the British King. A firing of muskets, rifles and cannon will follow! 2:45-4 pm. www.palisadesparksconservancy.org

July 5
Gomez Mill House Free Admission for Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members, Marlboro
Independence Day Weekend – Free admission for Veterans and active-duty Service Members. 10am – 4pm. www.gomez.org

Independence Day Festival and Fireworks at Millpond Park, Monroe
Independence Day Festival. Fireworks start approximately 9PM. Rain date Mon Jul 6.  6–9pm.  www.villageofmonroe.org

Fireworks at Thomas P Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake
Fireworks at dusk.  8:30pm – 9:30pm. www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org