Independence Day Weekend 2016

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 Valley!

Lower Hudson Valley

June 30

Independence Day Fireworks, Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining
Celebrate the 4th with gorgeous, sweeping views of the Hudson River, live entertainment and a fireworks show at 9:15. Free. www.villageofossining.org

July 1

Community Day and Independence Day Celebration, Newburgh
Something for everyone at Cronomer and Algonquin Parks from 6-10pm with fireworks display just after dark. 845-564-7815, www.townofnewburgh.org

Dinner Along the Delaware and Fireworks, Port Jervis
Enjoy a sampling from local eateries at Riverside Park then sit back and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display from Point Peter. Dinner 6-8:30pm / Fireworks 9:15pm. Tickets available at Port Jervis Recreation and City Hall Clerk’s office. 845-858-4045, http://goo.gl/R6TzOA

Fireworks Festival at Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers
Cross County Shopping Center is celebrating Independence Day as part of their SummerFest event series. Festivities kick off at 7pm with a live musical performance by The British Invasion. Top off the night with a fireworks display starting around 9:30. Free. www.crosscountysummerfest.com

Fireworks at Rye Playland, Rye
There’s not only fireworks, but fireworks choreographed to music! The show repeats on July 4, and Rye Playland has firework displays every Friday for July and August. Shows start at 9:15. ryeplayland.org

White Plains Independence Day Celebration, White Plains High School
Get a head start on 4th of July festivities at this event that includes fireworks, bouncy houses, food and a performance from the West Point Concert Band. cityofwhiteplains.com

July 2

Independence Day Festival and Fireworks, Monroe
Festival begins at 6pm. Fireworks begin at Millpond Parkway approximately 9pm. Rain date: Sun Jul 3. 845-782-8341, www.villageofmonroe.org

Pops, Patriots & Fireworks, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah
Whereas many 4th of July celebrations emphasize fireworks first with music as an added perk, this event is the other way around. Enjoy music performed by a 60-piece orchestra of woodwinds and percussion in addition to a fireworks display. www.caramoor.org

Stars and Stripes Celebration & Party in the Park Middletown
Family activities in Fancher Davidge Park from 4-7pm. Live entertainment at 7pm followed by fireworks at dusk. Concessions available.

Town of Southeast Fireworks
Beginning at 7pm the Annual Town of Southeast Fireworks Celebration is promised to bring fun for the whole family! Hang out as the evening goes on to enjoy music and the fireworks! Take the Harlem Line to the Southeast train station and hop on the free shuttle that takes you to the spectators’ area.
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West Point Band Music Under the Stars Independence Day Celebration, West Point
There is no better way to celebrate our Country’s Independence than with the West Point Band at the Trophy Point Amphitheater at West Point. Come for the world-class music and stay for the awesome fireworks over the Hudson. 7:30pm. Rain date: Sun Jul 3. 845-938-2617, www.westpointband.com

July 2-4

Declaration of Independence lecture and reading, Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point
Development of the Declaration of Independence lecture and reading of the declaration followed by an artillery drill and firing demonstrations. 1-3pm. www.palisadesparksconservancy.org

July 3

Cold Spring Independence Day Celebration, Village of Cold Spring
From 10am to 10pm celebrate Independence Day in the historic Village of Cold Spring. Walk the shop lined streets, swing by the different event vendors, participate in the festivities and end the evening watching the fireworks light up the Hudson River.
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Independence Day Celebration, Greenwood Lake
Parade in the village at 11am. Fireworks at dusk at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the fireworks show. 845-477-9215, www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org

Lake Carmel Fireworks
Grab a blanket and find a spot around the lake to watch the fireworks, or if you know a parks district resident with a boat, take it on the lake for VIP access to the show. The fireworks will start around 8:45pm and the event will last for about an hour. No angle is a bad angle for the Lake Carmel fireworks, but make sure to get there early as surrounding roads will be closed off.

Music Fest and Fireworks at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for a festive evening. The entertainment starts things off at 6pm. Fireworks start around 9:15. Free admission and parking; however, parking is limited. www.events.westchestergov.com

July 4

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks – Pierson Point Park or Kingsland Park, Tarrytown
Enjoy a dazzling fireworks spectacle in the heart of Tarrytown. Free www.tarrytowngov.com

Annual Firemen’s Carnival & Fireworks Spectacular, Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck
This event has become a yearly tradition for my family. The Annual Fireman’s Carnival runs this year through July 5. After a day of carnival fun, grab a spot on the open green fields or along the marina to check out the fireworks show. There’s no bad viewing spot for the fireworks that start around 9:30. FREE admission; pay per ride at the carnival. www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us

Cornwall Independence Day Celebration, Cornwall
Independence Day Breakfast at Highland Engine Co. 7-10am. Full day of activities on lawn of Cornwall Town Hall. Pet show, children’s art show, inflatable rides, craft fair, pie eating contest, family entertainment, live music, reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3:30pm, Flag Ceremony with Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Invocation at 6pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. 7am-10pm. 845-534-9100, www.cornwall4th.org

Fireworks, Rye Playland, Rye

There’s not only fireworks, but fireworks choreographed to music! Rye Playland has firework displays every Friday for July and August. Shows start at 9:15. ryeplayland.org

Fireworks Display, Town of Wallkill, Middletown
Town of Wallkill Golf Course fireworks at dusk. Parking at Circleville Elementary School. No parking at the golf course. 6-9pm. 845-692-7826, www.townofwallkill.com

Independence Day at Knox’s Headquarters & New Windsor Cantonment, Vails Gate
Celebrate the 4th at New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters, two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. At Knox’s Headquarters see a small cannon fired at 1pm and 4pm. At New Windsor Cantonment, family activities, military firing demonstrations at 2pm. 10am-4pm. 845-561-1765 x22, www.palisadesparksconservancy.org

Peekskill 4th of July Celebration, Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill
Enjoy a 2-hour concert with Lost Soulz as the “opening act” of the fireworks display. Free www.cityofpeekskill.com

Spark of the Sound July 4th Fireworks, New Rochelle
Check out this fireworks display from anywhere along New Rochelle’s waterfront. The best viewing spots, according to the City of New Rochelle, include Hudson Park, Five Islands Parks and Municipal Marina upper parking deck. www.newrochelleny.com

 

Mid – Hudson Valley

July 1

Town of New Paltz 4th of July Celebration Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz.
Music, food and festivities. Fireworks at dusk. 5pm. www.townofnewpaltz.org

July 2

Walkway Fireworks Celebration, Walkway Over Hudson, Highland
Premier view of spectacular fireworks. Bring your chairs, flashlights and snacks. Walkway members received 20% off tickets. 6:30-11:30pm www.walkway.org

Walkway Fireworks Celebration, Walkway Over the Hudson, Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie
(No elevator access during this event). 6:30-11:30pm. www.walkway.org

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular, Waryas Park and Walkway over Hudson, Poughkeepsie
The City of Poughkeepsie will be hosting Independence Day Fireworks at Waryas Park Poughkeepsie at 9 pm; Free. Rain date 7/3 wwww.cityofpoughkeepsie.com

July 2 – 4 

Red, White & Blues, Robibero Family Vineyards, New Paltz
Red and white wine and lives blues music! Special red, white and blue sangria will also be available by the glass as well as New York State craft beer by the bottle. 11am-6pm.. www.robiberofamilyvineyards.com

July 3

Highland Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
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July 4

Independence on the Hudson Cruise, Hudson River Cruises, Kingston
DJ and fireworks. $30 per person. 8pm. www.hudsonrivercruises.com

Saugerties 4th of July Parade & Fireworks, Saugerties
Annual parade of floats, bands and marchers. Parade is on Washington Ave across from Saugerties High School at noon. Fireworks at Cantine Field at dusk. www.village.saugerties.ny.us 

Ellenville 4th of July Parade & Fireworks, Ellenville
Arts, crafts and food at Liberty Square. 12pm parade with floats and bands. Fireworks in the evening at Joseph Y. Resnick Airport. www.ewcoc.com

Hyde Park Independence Day Parade. Regina Coeli School, Hyde Park
10am www.hydeparkny.us

Village of Fishkill Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Van Wyck Village Hall, Fishkill
10am. www.vofishkill.us

Upper Hudson Valley

July 2

Independence Day Celebration, Palatine Park, Germantown
Enjoy the festival atmosphere with food and local crafts with fireworks. Activities include educational talks on “Birds of Prey” with live raptors, safety demonstrations, bounce houses, free entertainment by clowns, a magician, traveling zoo and other various free performances. Gates open at 4pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Gate admission $3. Event parking $15
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East Durham Celebration, Rt 145, East Durham
Parade beings at 11am down Route 145 to MJQ Irish Cultural & Sports Centre where kid’s activities and vendors are stationed for a family fun day! Fireworks at dusk.

Independence Day Celebration, Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill
DJ from 6:30- 9:30pm sponsored by Riverside Grill & Chill & Village Pizza. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm, sponsored by the Village and Town of Catskill.

Tannersville Parade and Fireworks, Main St, Tannersville
Parade begins at 3pm down Main Street. Free live music by HTC High School Band, The Traps and Buffalo Stack from 3-11pm at the Colonial Country Club. Fireworks at dusk.

July 4

4th of July in Cairo, Angelo Canna Town Park
Fireworks at dusk

An Old-Fashioned Independence Day, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown
A great day of family fun with 18th century crafts, re-enactors, music and entertainment. Enjoy live music and hot food while viewing the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River. $10/vehicle. 2-10pm.  www.friendsofclermont.org

Baseball and Fireworks on Independence Day, “The Joe” at HVCC, Troy
Tri-City Valley Cats v. State College Spikes. Celebrate Independence Day with baseball, fun and fireworks. The Tri-City Valley Cats are an affiliate of the Houston Astros and the State College Spikes are an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Game begins at 6:30pm. www.tcvalleycats.com

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. 11am-8pm.
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Windham on the 4th of July, Main St and Windham Mountain, Windham
Sidewalk sale Main Street stores and restaurants, King Hill Miniature Horses for petting, magic, balloons and face painting by Cathleen the Clown. 2-7pm and music by Spanakopita 3-7pm followed by a Parade down Main Street.   A fun filled family day ending with Fireworks at Windham Mountain at dusk.