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, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
July 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.