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.
*This is a running list. Check back in for updates as reopening in the Hudson Valley progresses. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Westchester County and local fireworks celebrations have canceled for 2020.
July 2, 7 p.m. to dusk
Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskills
Enjoy Independence Day the ol’ fashioned way with some cheer, good company, and fireworks. Stop by Dutchman Landing Park in Catskill for an annual Fourth of July celebration that will light up the sky. Guilty Pleasure kicks off the evening with a live performance at 7 p.m., with fireworks to follow at dusk. Social distancing procedures are in place, with masks required when six feet of separation is not possible.
July 3; rain date July 10
Accord Speedway, Accord
Keeping with its annual tradition, Accord Speedway hosts a fireworks spectacular for Independence Day in the Hudson Valley. Social distancing is required.
Cornwall continues its annual festivities in a modified format this year by blending virtual and traditional events. A live broadcast of local performers accompanying a drive through parade of emergency vehicles is the highlight of the evening. Other events include an in-person flag ceremony, the ringing of the church bells, and patriotic trivia. Also, keep your eyes open for children’s Independence Day drawings posted in household windows or submit images with pets to a virtual pet show as part of the annual celebration.
July 4, 11:30 a.m.
Ellenville’s Fourth of July parade gathers at Liberty Square around 11:30 a.m., and everyone participating must observe social distancing. The walk traverses down Canal Street onto Route 209 before heading north to Napanoch and Kerhonkson for a total of 9.5 miles. Later in the day, fireworks light up the sky from Joseph Y. Resnick Airport at 9:30 p.m.
July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Jericho Drive-In, Glenmont
Albany’s signature Independence Day extravaganza might not be happening this year, but Jericho Drive-In keeps the festivities going in the Capital Region with its extra-special movie night. The flick will be family-friendly, with fireworks sparkling through the sky in the evening.
July 4, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
TechCity lot at 300 Enterprise Dr, Kingston
Ulster County offers a free fireworks show for Hudson Valleyites in collaboration with Mainetti & Mainetti, P.C. Head to TechCity for a sparkling scene, and feel free to pack snacks and drinks to celebrate. Attendees must stay near their vehicles, and no alcohol is permitted. There are no bathrooms or food stands onsite, so plan accordingly.
July 4, 7 p.m. to dusk
Windham Mountain Resort, Windham
In keeping with its annual tradition, the Town of Windham will be holding fireworks for Independence Day this year. The parade steps off at 7 p.m. from Route 296 to Main Street. Fireworks go off at Windham Mountain at dusk, so pack a blanket and bring the whole family for a night of good fun. Social distancing protocol is in place, with masks required for instances when six feet of space is not possible. This Hudson Valley event takes place rain or shine.
July 4, 5 p.m. to dusk
Angelo Canna Park, Cairo
Celebrate Independence Day with a (literal) bang and join Cairo for an evening of celebration. Social distancing and masks are required, so come prepared. Bring some snacks as well, then settle down for the fireworks at dusk. After all, what’s Independence Day without some fireworks?
July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Fourth of July festivals might not be taking place as they usually would this year, but Independence Day is still on in Dutchess County. In collaboration with the Hudson Valley Renegades, Silo Ridge Field Club, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, and iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County Government hosts three free, socially distant fireworks displays for local residents. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Dutchess Stadium in Wappinger, Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, and Silo Ridge Field Club Equestrian Center in Amenia open their gates to locals for firework displays at 9:30 p.m. iHeartMedia will host live remote broadcasts, and residents can bring their own snacks as per the carry-in/carry-out policy. Restrooms will not be available, so plan ahead.
End the holiday weekend in the Hudson Valley with a drive-by motorcade parade in the Village of Saugerties. This is a vehicle-only parade with a format designed to ensure social distance is upheld. There will be no Saugerties fireworks by The Lion Club this year.
July 5, 4 p.m.
Instead of a traditional Fourth of July fest, the City of Kingston salutes essential workers for their efforts during a pandemic with a socially distant motorcade. Lineup begins at 3:30 p.m., and the parade will be led by the Kingston Fire Department and Kingston Police Department. Decorating vehicles is encouraged, and anyone who would like to participate should register in advance.