Where to Watch Fireworks on Fourth of July Weekend

Got plans this Independence Day weekend? Here’s a list of fireworks shows and other family-friendly events



The fireworks show at Albany’s Empire State Plaza has been an annual tradition since 1976 and attracts more than 30,000 visitors

Happy Fourth of July, Hudson Valley! Here’s a list of local spots where you can get your red, white, and blue on. Feel free to share any we’ve missed in the comments section below:
 

Fireworks

Albany/New York State’s July 4th Celebration
When: Fri., July 4, 3-10 p.m.
Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, kids’ activities, live music, food
Extra info: www.albany.com/event/fireworks-festival-35517

Beacon
When: Fri., July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Beacon
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks

Cold Spring
When: Fri., July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Dockside Park, Cold Spring
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks

Clifton Park’s July 4th Celebration
When: Fri., July 4, 12-10 p.m.
Where: Clifton Common, Clifton Park
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, parade, live music, food
Extra info: www.albany.com/event/clifton-common-fireworks-35940

Ellenville
When: Fri., July 4, 12-10 p.m.
Where: Joseph Y. Resnick Airport, Ellenville
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, parade

Germantown
When: Fri., July 4, 2-10 p.m.
Where: Clermont State Park, Germantown
Cost: $10 per vehicle
What’s happening: Fireworks, hayrides, crafts, reenactments, music, ice cream, food
Extra info: www.friendsofclermont.org

Kingston
When: Fri., July 4, 4 p.m.
Where: T.R. Gallo Park on the Rondout, Downtown Kingston
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, live music with local bands (Old Double E, the Cagneys, Mr. Kick), video tribute to soldiers
Extra info: www.kingstonhappenings.org/4th-of-july-fireworks-and-celebration-in-kingston-ny

Montgomery
When: Fri., July 4, 6 p.m.
Where: Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, complimentary food and drinks

Newburgh
When: Fri., July 4, 12 p.m.
Where: Former Consolidated Iron site (adjacent to Gully’s), Newburgh waterfront
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, vendors, artists, performance by Dr. Magkneetoe (6 p.m.)
Extra info: www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov/home/news/celebrate-the-4th-of-july-in-newburgh

Poughkeepsie
When: Fri., July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Walkway Over the Hudson, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, and Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
Cost: $10 (Walkway Over the Hudson); free (Waryas Park)
What’s happening: Spy the city’s pyrotechnics display from the waterfront or, for those who dare to get up close and personal, from the Walkway Over the Hudson
Extra info: 
www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/archives/4043

Saratoga’s All-American Celebration
When: Thurs., July 3 to Sat., July 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Downtown Saratoga Springs
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, a puppy-friendly parade, tours, art exhibits, barbecues, live music, car show
Extra info: www.albany.com/event/all-american-celebration-48046

Saugerties
When: Fri., July 4 to Sun., July 6, 11 a.m.
Where: Cantine Memorial Field, Saugerties
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, parade, car show, unveiling of Old Dutch Barn replica

Extra info: www.village.saugerties.ny.us/content/calendars

Six Flags Great Escape Fireworks Spectacular
When: Fri., July 4, 9:30-10 p.m.
Where: Six Flags Great Escape, Queensbury
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks
Extra info: www.albany.com/event/fireworks-spectacular-36683

West Point
When: Fri., July 4, 2 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Highland Falls (parade); Trophy Point Amphitheater, West Point (fireworks)
Cost: Free
What’s happening: Fireworks, parade, concert

Extra info: www.westpointband.com

Windham Mountain
When: Fri., July 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Windham Mountain, Windham
Cost: Parking fee (donation to the town of Windham)
What’s happening: Fireworks, parade, a barbecue, drinks, deejay, and family-friendly activities
Extra info: 
www.windhammountain.com/summer/events-activities/events-calendar

balloon festival
Photograph by Michael Polito

Other events

Dutchess County Balloon Festival
When: Fri., July 4 to Sun., July 6, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Various locations around Dutchess County
Cost: Free
What’s happening: This three-day festival — which draws crowds of more than 2,000 people — features multiple launches throughout Dutchess County, with lift-offs taking place at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition to the launches, enjoy ice cream, music, farmers markets, food trucks, and wine tastings.
Extra info: 
www.dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival

Millbrook Mountain Hike
When: Fri., July 4, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson

Cost: Registration required
What’s happening: Celebrate the holiday atop Millbrook Mountain; this five-mile hike is hosted by the Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Extra info: 
www.nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=127-10848.0

July 4th BBQ and Show
When: Fri., July 4, 6 p.m.
Where: Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck
Cost: Free (barbecue), $10 (performance)
What’s happening: Nosh on complimentary burgers and hot dogs, and enjoy a cash bar. At 8 p.m., catch a performance of the classic musical She Loves Me.
Extra info: www.centerforperformingarts.org

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival
When: Sat., July 5, 9 a.m.
Where: Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, Poughkeepsie
Cost: Free
What’s happening: This day-long fest kicks off with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., watch elaborately decorated 40-feet-long fiberglass canoes race across the river. Guests enjoy food, music, games, and dancing.
Extra info: www.dutchessdragonboat.org

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