Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks Around the Valley

Celebrate July 4th, 2018 with sparklers, snacks, and stellar Hudson Valley views.


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


When it comes to honoring our nation’s independence, there are few better ways to celebrate than with fireworks. Kick off the festivities at these locales for a fun-filled holiday with family and friends.


June 29


Fireworks Extravaganza

June 29, 5 p.m.
Accord Speedway, Accord

Get your adrenaline rushing over the holiday weekend at Accord Speedway. Enjoy a chicken barbeque and take in the fireworks show at night.


June 30


Stars and Stripes Celebration

June 30, 4-9:30 p.m.
Fancher-Davidge Park, Middletown

Bring the whole family to this Middletown party for music and fireworks. The nighttime show kicks off at 9 p.m.


July 1

Fireworks at Memorial Park

July 1, 5-10 p.m.
Memorial Park, Beacon

Beacon’s annual fireworks display includes food, fun, and music for the community. At dusk, fireworks enthrall kids and parents alike.


Billy Joel Tribute Band Performance

July 1, 6-10 p.m.
Riedlbauer’s Resort, Round Top

Billy Joel fans can enjoy dinner, drinks, and a show at Riedlbauer’s Resort on the Saturday before Independence Day. Admission and parking are free, and fireworks will start after the show wraps.


6th Annual Southeast Fireworks Extravaganza

July 1, 7-11 p.m.
Highlands Shopping Center, Brewster

The show begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks around 9 p.m.


July 2


Palenville 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

July 2, 3-9 p.m.
Rip Van Winkle Country Club, Palenville

Palenville’s Independence Day party offers the trifecta of food, fireworks, and music. The summer concert series kicks off with The Cagneys and B-Boys. Food and drink will be available, and fireworks begin at dusk.


Nanuet Fireworks

July 4, 5-9:30 p.m.
Nanuet Senior High School, Nanuet

The Town of Clarkstown presents a concert by the Mighty Spectrum Band, followed by a fireworks celebration. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


July 3


Kensico Dam Music Fest

July 3, 5-10 p.m.
Kensico Dam, Valhalla

The annual free Kensico Dam Music Fest begins with DJ entertainment, followed by a patriotic music concert and fireworks at night.


Dinner Along the Delaware

July 3, 6-10 p.m.
Riverside Park, Port Jervis

Get tickets for this dreamy dinner event on the eve of Independence Day. Attendees can sample bites and drinks from local restaurants, breweries, and wineries before the fireworks show at Point Peter at night.


Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Tour

July 3, 7-10 p.m.
Bannerman Island, Beacon

Score tickets in advance to this one-of-a-kind Independence Day event. The tour boat departs from the Beacon dock at 7 p.m. for Bannerman Island. Once on land, visitors receive a full island tour of the historic space. At night, everyone boards the boat to watch the Newburgh fireworks display from the middle of the Hudson River. 


July 4


Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Town Hall, Cornwall

Start the day off with breakfast at Highland Engine Co., then browse the pet show, children’s activities, lobster sale, and vendor stands. If you’re feeling brave, enter the pie-eating contest. Stick around for the parade at 5 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


4th of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 10 a.m.
Cantine Field, Saugerties

Stop by Saugerties early in the morning to take part in the village’s annual parade, organized by the Saugerties Fire Department. Stick around for fireworks, which will go off later in the day.


OUR PICK: Independence Day Celebrations

July 4
New Windsor Cantonment and Knox's Headquarters State Historic Sites

Celebrate the Fourth at two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. It was at the New Windsor Cantonment that cease-fire orders were issued by Gen. George Washington ending the eight-year War of Independence on April 19, 1783. At Knox's Headquarters, see a small cannon fired at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. At the New Windsor Cantonment, see military firing demonstrations at 2 p.m.


Independence Day Parade

July 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hyde Park

The 2018 Independence Day Parade in Hyde Park celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Veteran’s Day. The march kicks off at the Roosevelt Theatre and heads north to Town Hall.


Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 12 p.m.

Every year, Ellenville puts on one of the grandest Independence Day parades in the Valley. Expect marching bands, floats, and an abundance of red, white, and blue. Fireworks will go up later in the day.


An Old-Fashioned Independence Day

July 4, 2-10 p.m.
Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown

Clermont goes above and beyond with its holiday programming. Look forward to a full day of 18th century crafts, period reenactments, and live music. At night, revelers can ooh and ah over the Saugerties fireworks as the color the Hudson River skyline.


Windham 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

July 4, 2-9 p.m.
Windham Mountain, Windham

Go to the mountain for this fireworks fest. The whole town gets in on the action with a fun sidewalk sale on Main Street. At 7 p.m., watch the parade as it travels down Main Street. Stick around at night for an epic fireworks show over Windham Mountain.


New York State’s 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 3-10 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Albany

Join in on the party in the Capital region. The annual event starts in the afternoon, and includes music, food, crafts, and fireworks in the evening.


Cairo 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 5-10 p.m.
Angelo Canna Town Park, Cairo

Stop by the park to catch fireworks when the sun goes down. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a snack or two to make an evening out of it.


Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 6:30-9 p.m.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie

On Independence Day, the museum will extend its hours for a special evening of play. Families who attend have access to the front row viewing of the Poughkeepsie fireworks, without the hassle of finding a parking spot near the train station.



Tri-City ValleyCats Baseball and Fireworks

July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Juseph L. Bruno Stadium, Troy

Root, root, root for the home team as the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball team plays the Vermont Lake Monsters. Enjoy fireworks after the game.


4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Head to the Walkway to take in Poughkeepsie’s fireworks display. Tickets cost $12.50 for adults and $10 for Walkway members, veterans, and seniors. Children 10 and under are free.


July 5


Catskill 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

July 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill

On the day following the Fourth, stop by Catskill for good tunes and family fun. Music in the park with the Tribute Band to the Beach Boys will commence at 6:30 p.m., with fireworks to follow at 9 p.m.


July 6


Annual Independence Day Celebration

July 6, 5-11 p.m.
Ulster County Fairgrounds

For its annual hoopla, the town of New Paltz congregates at the Ulster County Fairgrounds for food, fun, and fireworks. Food trucks will satisfy your stomach at dinnertime, while attractions like bouncy houses, henna, face painting, and music performances will keep the whole family entertained. Once dusk rolls around, fireworks light the sky over the grounds.


Independence Day Celebration

July 6
Town field behind Methodist Church, Highland

Take a drive to the meeting point between Highland and Lloyd for a community fest and fireworks display.


July 7


East Durham 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

July 7, 11 a.m. to dusk
Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre, East Durham

East Durham begins the day with a family parade on Route 145, then packs the afternoon with bouncy houses, hot dogs, and vendor shopping. Once the sun sets, fireworks will light up the night.


Tannersville 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

July 7, 3-11 p.m.

At 3 p.m., attendees can line up on Main Street for the town parade. Afterward, the festival at Rip Van Winkle Lake kicks off at 4 p.m. with live music all day and fireworks at dusk.


Red, White, & Blue Fireworks Spectacular

July 7, 5 p.m.
Thomas Felten Community Park, Modena

This free firework show commences with music at 5 p.m. Food vendors will be onsite, and fireworks start at dusk.


Independence Day Celebration

July 7, 7:30 p.m.
Trophy Point Ampitheater, West Point

Bring a blanket to this evening celebration, which commences right before sunset. Families can enjoy a variety of music during the earlier hours, then take in the spectacular fireworks show along the Hudson River at night.

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