Fourth of July Guide 2010

Your guide to celebrating July 4th in the Valley

July 3, 8 p.m.: Celebrate Independence Day a day early with a concert by the West Point Band featuring the Hellcats and Jazz Knights. The finale, Tchaikovsky’s classic 1812 Overture, features a fireworks display and live cannon fire.
Trophy Point Amphitheatre, U.S.M.A campus, West Point. 845-938-2617

July 4, 9 p.m.: Catch the Poughkeepsie fireworks from an interesting location – atop the newly built Walkway Over the Hudson. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m., and those who wish to watch the event from the Walkway can pre-purchase a wristband for $10. For other spectators, find your favorite spot along the river to catch the display.
Walkway Over the Hudson. 87 Haviland Rd., Highland; 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-834-2867 or

July 4, 12-6 p.m.: Journey back in time with the celebrations at Westchester’s Van Cortlandt Manor and Sunnyside historic sites. The festivities include old-fashioned ice cream making, military reenactments, a grand parade, readings of the Declaration of Independence, and games of town ball (an early version of baseball). Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for children 5-17; free under age 5.
Van Cortlandt Manor. 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-8981 or
Sunnyside. 89 W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 914-591-8763 or

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July 3, 4 p.m. and July 4, 8 p.m.: Celebrate all weekend long at Caramoor’s concerts “American Roots: New Shoots,” and “Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks.” The first show features folk and bluegrass music played by popular bands The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Crooked Still, and Sandra Wong’s New Trad Trio. On the fourth, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents a program of patriotic music, which culminates with a fireworks display. Call or visit Web site for ticket information.
Caramoor. 149 Girdle Rd., Katonah. 914-232-5035 or

July 4, 8 p.m.: Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors joins the Hudson Valley Philharmonic for an evening of classical patriotic music and some pop hits. The evening ends with the traditional performance of the 1812 Overture and a fireworks display. Individual admission is $8 in advance, $12 at the gate; or $35 per carload in advance $45 at the gate.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4000 or

July 4, 6 p.m.: Bring the whole family to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and ice cream at the Family Day Celebration in Nyack. The fireworks display begins at 9:20 p.m., but be sure to arrive early because the event is sure to draw a crowd.
Memorial Park, Nyack

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