Hudson Valley firework displays & other patriotic festivities

(Photo by Mookie Forcella)

(Photo by Mookie Forcella)

Ulster County


Ellenville Independence Day Celebration: Arts and crafts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty Square on July 4. Parade at 12 noon to feature six marching bands. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. from Resnick Airport. Call (845) 647-7800.


High Falls

Fourth of July Celebration Golf Tournament and BBQ with Breakaway with Robin Baker: Thursday, July 4. Tournament starts at 1 p.m. with the barbecue at 4 p.m. The High Falls Café is located at the Stone Dock Golf Club at 12 Stone Dock Road (off Canal and Berme Roads) just one mile from Route 213 in High Falls. Call (845) 687-2699.



Highland Independence Celebration: Friday, July 5, 5 to 10:30 p.m. at Town Field, which is behind the First United Methodist Church in Highland. Festivities will include carnival games and bouncy castle for kids. Entertainment will be provided by the band Touch of Rhythm and a deejay. Fireworks at dusk.



The Bardavon, The Waterfront Business Association, Ulster County Tourism and the City of Kingston will present a Kingston Independence Celebration Thursday through Saturday, July 4, 5 and 6 in the city’s Rondout and Uptown neighborhoods. The “Independence Celebration” is the second installment of the Bardavon’s 4 Seasons of the Hudson Valley Festival, and will include a full schedule of free events for the whole family:


Thursday, July 4 on the Rondout:

5 p.m. The music of Mister Kick, plus special children’s activities, craft vendors and discounts at restaurants and shops. 7 p.m. The music of The Cagneys. 9 p.m. Patriotic celebration with fireworks. No coolers permitted. Food and beverages will be available on-site. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Friday, July 5 on the Rondout:

6 p.m. Lawn opens. Enter lawn seating area at Abeel Street off Broadway next to Mahoney’s.


7:30 p.m. Hudson Valley Philharmonic Pops and Classical Concert featuring conductor Randall Craig Fleischer with the 50-piece orchestra plus Broadway and Pop vocalist Rob Evan (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mandy Gonzalez (Broadway’s Wicked), Woodstock Community Chorale and Phoenicia Community Choir with Maria Todaro, director. No coolers permitted. Food and beverages will be available on-site. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Saturday, July 6 on the Rondout and Uptown:

1–5 p.m. Rich Hines & the Hillbilly Drifters at the Senate House and the Blue Mt Boys with Bob Stump and Tom White will perform on the Catskill Mountain Railroad. 2–5 p.m. Continuous music with The Wild Swans, Rose Ann Fino, The Lindsey Webster Band and other musicians to be announced. 5- 9 p.m. Raya Brass Band will stroll from venue to venue outside restaurants and art galleries opening new shows for Kingston’s First Night. Guitarist Jeff Armstrong will perform at the ASK Gallery opening.


The Bardavon will also underwrite free tours of the Historic Senate House and Museum grounds and free rides on the Catskill Mountain Railroad on a first-come, first-served basis. The Senate House and Museum is located at 296 Fair Street in Kingston, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit The Catskill Mountain Railroad operates the Kingston City Limited from 149 Aaron Court in Kingston (adjacent to Kingston Plaza). On July 6 ride the Stars and Stripes Special. Every passenger gets a miniature American flag to wave. Trains depart on the hour 1–4 p.m. For more information, visit


Parking is available on the Rondout. On July 5, all Kingston City buses that go to the Rondout will operate free of charge. In addition, beginning at 5 p.m., additional free parking with free round trip bus shuttle to the HVP venue will be available at the Cornell Street parking lot in Midtown, just off Broadway and at Kingston Point in the Rondout and on Delaware Street just off the Strand. For more information, call (845) 473-5288 or visit




The Bevier House Museum at 2682 Route 209 in Marbletown will host a celebration of Independence Day on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy a reading of the Declaration of Independence, music by the Saugerties Community Band and ice cream sundaes. The cost is $5. For more information, call (845) 338-5614 or visit


New Paltz

Fourth of July Festivities: Saturday, July 6, 5 to 10 p.m. at the Ulster County Fairgrounds at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz. Children’s music from Grenadilla at 6 p.m. Soul Purpose will be playing blues, soul and Motown covers at 8:30 p.m. Event will include activities for the kids, bouncy castle, food including Caribbean cuisine and 4-H milkshakes. Sponsored locally by ShopRite, the O’Connor family and Ulster Savings Bank. The rain date is Sunday, July 7 with the same times and location.



Red, White and Blue Fireworks Celebration at Thomas Felten Park, 11 Patura Road in Modena. Music starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Fireworks begin at dusk. Vendors will be selling glow-sticks and food. Rain date is Sunday, July 14.



Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Rosendale Theatre on Main Street in Rosendale. Twenty individuals – civic and business leaders, students, teachers, artists, representatives of all facets of the community – will take turns reading the document that changed the world. The whole experience will take less than half an hour and will conclude with “The Constitution Preamble,” a musical preview from Rosendale Theatre’s fall production of Schoolhouse Rock. Afterwards, share in a cup of coffee and a breakfast/birthday cake from the Alternative Baker. Admission is free. For directions go to or call (845) 658-8989.



Thursday, July 4 11 a.m. July 4 Parade in the village. Parade lines up on Washington Ave. and kicks off sharply at 11 a.m. Parade will wind through the village, and finish at Cantine Field. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties, the Saugerties Fire Department and Sawyer Motors. Car show founder Bob Siracusano of Sawyer Motors will serve as Grand Marshall

Saturday, July 6 Starting at 1 p.m. Cars and carnival at Cantine Field – Cruise-in with 500 colorful classic cars, carnival, sky divers, hot dog eating contest, hot air balloon rides, Home Run Derby (prizes of up to $500), apple pie contest at 1 p.m. and more. Live entertainment by The Big Smoothies (2 p.m.) and Route 66 (6 p.m.) Fireworks at dusk.

Sunday, July 7. 1–6 p.m. It’s all about the cars. Main, Market and Partition streets will be closed to traffic and the village will be full of 500-plus classic cars, live entertainment by The Big Smoothies, Route 66, Devotions and The Greyhounds.



Town of Wallkill Fireworks: at golf course at 40 Sands Road in Wallkill. Fireworks at dusk. (845) 692-7830.


Dutchess County


Centennial Celebration: Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road in Fishkill. Celebration will include lectures, screening, music, barbecue dinner, moonlit hayride and fireworks at dusk.




The Children’s Museum will open at 6 p.m. and snacks and beverages will be available in the Pavilion. For the kids, a bounce house, a face-painter and arts and crafts. Parking passes include admission to the Museum and Pavilion. Passes must be purchased in advance by calling or by visiting the Museum: $20 per car for Museum VIP parking and activities. Walk-up admission to Museum and Pavilion activities for non-parking-pass-holders will be available for $5 per person at the door.


Poughkeepsie Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on the Walkway over the Hudson: Thursday, July 4, 6:30 p.m. Walkway will be offering a premier view of the City of Poughkeepsie’s July Fourth Fireworks from high above the majestic Hudson River. The Walkway will open at 6:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunset before the fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your chairs and flashlight. No pets, bikes or skateboards allowed, due to the nature of the event. The Walkway is a smoke- and alcohol-free park. Tickets cost $10 each; kids age 5 and under get in free. For more info and to purchase tickets visit



Remembering Rhinebeck in the Civil War: Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. at the Post Office by the Civil War cannon on the lawn in Rhinebeck. The event will feature members of the American Legion and talks on Rhinebeck in the Civil War and the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg. All are invited to attend. 2013 marks the anniversary of the third year of the American Civil War, particularly the Battle of Gettysburg. Rhinebeck was well-represented in the war, and the town itself was deeply involved in the war effort. The Consortium of Rhinebeck History is commemorating Rhinebeck’s Civil War veterans with events and exhibits for the public to enjoy. As many as 125 local men fought at Gettysburg; five were wounded, none was killed and all are buried in the Rhinebeck cemetery. They were from the 150th, 44th and the 80th New York Volunteers and a few other miscellaneous regiments.


Hyde Park

Town of Hyde Park Independence Day Parade: Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. on Route 9. Theme: “Hudson Valley – Get up and Go!” Grand marshal: “Coach” Duane Davis. Parade kicks off from Roosevelt Movie Theatres, up Route 9 north to Main Street, west to Park Place, south to Regina Coeli School. Reviewing stand: near the intersection of Pinewoods Road and Route 9. Awards: immediately following parade. Drinks will be available. Call Diane Cullen for more information at (845) 229-8086, extension 4. Registration forms on Town’s website at


Orange County


Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain Independence Celebration Fireworks: Friday, June 28, 5 to 9 p.m. at Bear Mountain State Park. Dance to the sounds of Party Time Productions, and children can enjoy the bounce house on the field. Bear Mountain’s concessionaire will sell picnic fare from an outdoor tent and have merchandise for sale. The Merry-Go-Round will be open for the children. Arrive early, as parking lots fill up fast! Fireworks go off at dark. Parking costs $8 per car.

Please note: alcoholic beverages and personal pyrotechnics are not permitted! Bear Mountain State Park can be reached from Route 9W or via Exit 19 on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. For more information, call (845) 786-2701, extension 242, or visit



Newburgh Fourth of July Celebration: Thursday, July 4, 12 noon at Unico Park on Front Street. Includes an art show on the river from 12 noon to 6 p.m., live music from Dr. Magkneetoe from 6 to 9 p.m. and fireworks at dusk, set off from a barge on the Hudson River with a live radio simulcast by K104.


Washington’s Headquarters Celebrates its 163rd Birthday: July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty Street in Newburgh, the first publicly owned and operated historic site in the nation. Free tours on July 4 in celebration of the historic headquarters used by General Washington during the Revolutionary War. The Museum and Headquarters will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Starting at 10:30 a.m., tours will be given every half-hour, the last one at 4:30 p.m. Admission for the day to the historic Headquarters and Museum is free, due to the gracious patronage of deputy mayor Regina Angelo. Bring a blanket or chairs. For further details or directions, call (845) 562-1195 or visit our website at


New Windsor

Independence Day Celebrations, Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Knox’s Headquarters, 289 Forge Hill Road, New Windsor. See a small cannon fired at 12 noon and 4 p.m., participate in a reading of the Declaration of Independence and tour the 1754 Ellison House, the military command post for three generals. Also at the New Windsor Cantonment at 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) in Vails Gate, military firing demonstrations at 2 p.m., plus blacksmithing and children’s activities. For information, call (845) 561-1765, extension 22.


West Point

Music under the Stars: Independence Day Concert with Fireworks Display, Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m. at Trophy Point Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held on Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m. The performance will feature the Hellcats, the Concert Band and the Benny Havens Band. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. This concert is free and open to the public. Following opening remarks, 50 West Point cadets from the Class of 2017 will participate in the “Salute to the States” presentation. Each cadet will place a flag from his or her home state until every state of our Union is recognized. The Concert Band, conducted by the West Point Band’s commander, lieutenant colonel Jim Keene, will begin the concert. Selections include “The Official West Point March,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “The Armed Forces Medley.” The West Point Band’s rock band, the Benny Havens Band, will take over to perform a number of popular songs. The concert will conclude with a fireworks display set to the music of the West Point Band. For concert information, cancellations and updates, call (845) 938-2617 or visit


Greene County


Listen to The Lustre-Kings, a roots rock/rockabilly band, on July 3 at Catskill’s Dutchmen’s Landing Park on Main Street. The free concert runs from 7-9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved indoors at The Historic Catskill Point. Fireworks begin at dusk. For more information, call (518) 943-0989.



Live Street Independence Party & Fourth of July Parade: Thursday, July 6, 1 p.m. Street party with vendors and live music featuring Mother’s Psychosis on Main Street in Tannersville; 3 p.m. parade; 4 p.m. jazz concert with Etienne Charles at Orpheum Performing Arts Center at 6050 Main Street. $500 to best parading group to donate to the non-for-profit of their choice (courtesy of Friends of the Catskill Jazz Factory). For more information log onto or e-mail [email protected]


Columbia County


An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: Thursday, July 4, 2 to 10 p.m. at Clermont State Park in Clermont. Join in the Revolutionary Ball on the lawn overlooking the Hudson River or try out historic games like Graces and Stilts.

On July 6, watch a view of Saugerties’ fireworks over the river from the lawn at Clermont.


Delaware County


Independence Day Exhibit: Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit opening for “Middletown in the Civil War” exhibit, detailing the experience of area men and their families during and after the war. Flag-raising ceremony by local Scouts at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments. Free admission, donations welcome. Exhibit will display through August 30, on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical Society of Town of Middletown at 778 Cemetery Road in Margaretville. Contact [email protected] or visit


Annual Firemen’s Field Days at Margaretville: Tuesday, July 2 through Saturday, July 6, 6 to 11 p.m. at the Pavilion on Route 28 in Margaretville. Carnival rides, live bands, food, games for people of all ages and fireworks at dusk on Thursday, July 4 and Saturday, July 6; extended hours on these two days, 12:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission by donation. For information, call (845) 586-4419.

– Compiled by Donna Keefe

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