Hudson Valley firework displays & other patriotic festivities

(Photo by Mookie Forcella)

(Photo of the fireworks in Saugerties by Mookie Forcella)

Ulster County:


Ellenville’s Independence Day Celebration, July 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arts and craft vendors will set up at Liberty Square. The parade steps off at 12 noon. Fireworks will begin at dusk at Resnick Airport (off Route 209) in Ellenville. (845) 647-6560.


City of Kingston’s Waterfront Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 6 p.m. A free concert will feature music by the Old Double E, the Cagneys and Mister Kick onstage in T. R. Gallo Park. At 9 p.m. there will be a special video tribute to our troops and fallen heroes, with fireworks at dusk. All of the waterfront restaurants will have food available with outdoor dining options. The streets close to traffic at 4 p.m., and shuttles will be running from 3 to 11 p.m. Shuttles will be located at Kingston Point Beach and the Kingston Plaza, as well as on Cornell Street across from Frank Guido’s Little Italy. The event is sponsored by Mainetti, Mainetti and O’Connor. Visit for more information. Gallo Park at West Strand in Kingston, (845) 334-3902.


Independence and Ice Cream, July 4, 12 noon-4 p.m. The event will have a Civil War theme, costumes and music by Bob Lusk with Veterans in a New Field. Bring a picnic. Ice cream is supplied. Visit for more information. Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209, Marbletown, (845) 338-5614.


Independence Day will be celebrated in Highland with old-fashioned fun and fireworks on Saturday, July 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. The festivities will take place at the Town Field behind the Methodist Church.


Kingston Fireworks Cruise, July 4, boards at 7:30 p.m. and departs at 8 p.m. for a two-hour cruise aboard the Rip Van Winkle with a Deejay Dance Party featuring the City of Kingston fireworks. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online through Zerve, through our business office or at the Ticket Booth starting at 7 p.m. the night of the event. For reservations, call (800) 979-3370. The boat departs from Hudson River Cruises at 1 East Strand Street in Kingston.


Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating America’s Independence, June 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us for a patriotic ceremony, fife and drum music and a magic show. Admission is free. Senate House, 296 Fair Street, Kingston.


Mohonk Mountain House’s Fourth of July weekend, July 4 to 6, features a carnival, demonstrations at the Firehouse, log roll and porch dive, a parade, live music by Cathi Lou and Roger Thorpe and a ceremonial reading of the Declaration of Independence. Call (845) 255-1000 for reservations. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.


New Paltz’s Independence Day Celebration, July 5, 5 p.m. Festivities include music, food and fireworks at dusk. Ulster County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz, (845) 255-0604.


Red, White and Blue Fireworks Spectacular, Town of Plattekill, July 12, 5 p.m. The rain date is July 13. Thomas Felten Memorial Park, Route 32 and Patura Road, Modena.


Rosendale Theatre’s Music Invasion Film Festival, July 4 to 7. The festival will kick off with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Beatles invasion with A Hard Day’s Night on Friday, July 4 at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m. and Monday, July 7 at 7:15 p.m. It will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its original release. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me will be shown on Saturday, July 5 at 7:15 p.m. It is a documentary about the cult phenomenon of pop music. Pre-show cocktails begin at 5 p.m. The details of the Band’s last concert in The Last Waltz will be screened on July 6 at 4 p.m. Music trivia final smackdown will follow at 6 p.m. Stop Making Sense will be shown on Sunday, July 6 at 7:15 p.m. It is a remastered concert movie for the Talking Heads on its 30th anniversary release. Fireworks will take place on July 4 at dusk. Ticket prices are four films for $24 or $6 each. Visit to purchase tickets.


Saugerties Parade, 11 a.m., July 4. The annual fireworks show will be held at Cantine Field in Saugerties on Saturday, July 5,  at dusk, around 9:30-9:45. The pyrotechnical display is presented every year by the Kiwanis Club. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with community activities. The Saugerties Historical Society will dedicate a newly built replica of an old Dutch barn on Saturday at 1 p.m. A car show will be held on Main and Partition Streets on Sunday at 1 p.m. Cantine Memorial Field, Saugerties.




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