Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebrations in the Hudson Valley

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

This article has been updated to reflect dates and times for 2016.

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:

What: Fireworks, kids’ activities, craft vendors, live music, food
When: Mon., July 4, 3-10 pm
Where: Empire State Plaza, 240 State St., Albany
Cost: Free

What: Live music and food vendors in the afternoon, fireworks at dusk
When: Sun., July 3 pm-dusk
Where: Memorial Park, Beacon
Cost: Free

Cold Spring
What: Independence Day celebration and fireworks
When: Sun., July 3, 3 pm
Where: Dockside Park, Cold Spring
Cost: Free

Clifton Park
What: Fireworks, parade, rides, games, craft vendors, live music, food
When: Mon., July 4, 12-9:30 pm
Where: Clifton Common, Clifton Park
Cost: Free

What: Fireworks, parade
When: Mon., July 4, 12 p.m.
Where: Joseph Y. Resnick Airport, Ellenville
Cost: Free

​What: Hudson Valley Renegades’ annual fireworks show at Dutchess Stadium
When: Sat., July 2, after ValleyCats-Renegades game
Where: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Rte. 9D., Fishkill

What: Live music with Stax of Soul Band, kids’ crafts, hayrides, food
When: Sat., July 2, 4-8:30 pm
Where: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farms Rd., Hopewell Junction
Cost: $12-25

What: Fireworks, pony rides, petting zoo, performances, live music, educational demos, food
When: Sat., July 2, 4-9:30 pm
Where: Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Rd., Germantown
Cost: $15 per vehicle, $3 walkers, children under 3 free

What: Unlimited wings, fries, draft beer, and soda, fireworks
When: Sat., July 2, 6 pm
Where: Lady Warren Hose Company #5 Firehouse
Cost: $15 for adults, kids under 5 free

Highland Falls
What: Games, races, parade, fireworks, DJ
When: Sat., July 2 10-8:45 pm; Sun., July 3, 5:30-6 pm; Mon., July 4, 8 am-9:15 pm
Where: Roe Park, Highland Falls
Cost: Free

What: Fireworks, live music, food vendors
When: Mon., July 4, 3-10:30 pm
Where: T.R. Gallo Park on the Rondout, Downtown Kingston
Cost: Free

What: Live music, vendors, fireworks, and a bounce castle for kids
When: Sun., July 3, 6-10 pm
Where: Town Field (behind the Methodist Church)
Cost: Free

What: Benmarl Winery hosts its July 4th pig roast and barbecue, including a traditional pig roast dinner, all the fixins, and desserts. Live music and fireworks cap off the night
When: Sat., July 2,  4-8 pm
Where: Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Ave., Marlboro
Cost: $40, kids 12 and under free

What: Fireworks, food vendors, artists, live music
When: Mon., July 4, 12-9 pm
Where: Former Consolidated Iron site (adjacent to Gully’s restaurant)
Cost: Free

New Paltz
What: Fireworks, food, music
When: Fri., July 1, 5 pm
Where: Ulster County New Paltz Park, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz
Cost: Free

What: Revolutionary War reenactment and demonstrations featuring members of the 5th New York Regiment
When: Sat., July 2, 10 am-5:30 pm
Where: Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz
Cost: Free

What: 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
When: Sat., July 2, 6:30 pm, fireworks at 9 pm
Where: Walkway Over the Hudson and Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
Cost: $12.50, children 5 and under free, Walkway members receive 20% discount; free at Waryas Park

Saratoga Springs
What: Enjoy a historic walking tour, country line dancing, All American parade, BBQ and dessert
When: Sun., July 3, 12-10 pm; Mon., July 4, 9-3:30 pm
Where: Downtown Saratoga Springs
Cost: Varies by event

What: Fireworks, parade
When: Mon., July 4, 10 am parade, fireworks at dusk
Where: Saugerties High School (parade) and Cantine Memorial Field, Saugerties
Cost: Free

What: Music and fireworks
When: Sat., July 2, 7-11 pm 
Where: Decicco's Parking Lot at Independence Way
Cost: Free

West Point
What: Fireworks, live concert
When: Sat., July 2, 7:30 pm
Where: Trophy Point Amphitheater, West Point
Cost: Free

What: Miniature horses, magic and balloons, food, live music, parade, fireworks
When: Mon., July 4, 2-9 pm
Where: Windham Mountain, Windham
Cost: Free; valet parking charge

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