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Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Around the Hudson Valley

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By Raphael Beretta and Alexandra Rivera 

Celebrate Independence Day and summer across the Hudson Valley with live music, food vendors, and, of course, dazzling fireworks shows.

Summer events are back in the Hudson Valley, and local fireworks are ready to light up the night sky.

Independence Day brings a slew of patriotic events to the region. Live performances from local musicians, craft food and beverage vendors, and good old-fashioned baseball accompany Fourth of July celebrations. Plus, catch extra colorful explosions throughout the warm-weather season.

Albany County

 

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New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration

Empire State Plaza, Albany
July 4, 6 p.m.

Independence Day celebrations return to the iconic Empire State Plaza. Head to New York’s capital for a slew of musical performances, food vendors, and, of course, vibrant fireworks illuminating the night sky. Sip craft beverages from some of the Hudson Valley’s finest producers. Plus, if you’re still seeking a vaccination, a pop-up site will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Columbia County

Pig Roast, Live Music & Fireworks

The Greens at Copake, Copake
August 7, 7 p.m.

Summer fireworks shows are at their best in incredibly scenic locales. The Greens restaurant at the gorgeous Copake Country Club hosts an enormous fireworks bash. This year, Smoking J’s BBQ sets up a pig roast for the ages. Enjoy savory Texas beef brisket, pit barbecue chicken, farm-stand corn on the cob, red skin potato salad, and, of course, a whole-hog pig roast. Outdoor tables put diners right in front of a concert by The Real Men before the celebratory fireworks show after 9 p.m.

Dutchess County

Firework Games at The Dutch

Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls
June 25, July 31, August 20

Fireworks at The Dutch are a tell-tale sign that summer is here. Watch the Hudson Valley Renegades take on new opponents as the official farm team of the New York Yankees. On clear, warm evenings, bright explosions of color light up the sky after a game. Check the online schedule for dates.

Town of East Fishkill’s Fireworks Show 

Hopewell Rec Field, East Fishkill 
July 5, 9 p.m.

This annual installment of East Fishkill’s live music series brings together classic tunes and booming fireworks for the ultimate Fourth of July celebration. Pull up a chair or sit down on a blanket and listen to old-school jams from Adam & The Newhearts, which covers everyone from The Beatles to Elvis Presley. A rain date on July 3 ensures Hopewell Recreation Field will light up the night in 2021.

Movie Night & Fireworks Extravaganza at Dutchess Stadium

Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls
July 3, 6:30 p.m.

This isn’t an ordinary fireworks night at The Dutch. On a night without baseball—the ‘Gades are away—Dutchess Stadium screens the all-time classic National Treasure before honoring Independence Day with a fireworks show. Tickets cost $15 per person and can be reserved online.

 

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Greene County

Catskill’s 4th of July Celebration

Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskills
July 1, 7 p.m. to dusk

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. Mark Gamsjager’s Lustre Kings kick off the evening with a live performance at 7 p.m., with fireworks to follow at dusk. Barbecues, picnic tables, and one unforgettable view make this destination perfect for summer nights.

East Durham’s 4th of July Parade and Fireworks 

East Durham Farms, East Durham 
July 3

Celebrate Independence day with this Catskills parade. It begins at 11 a.m. on Route 145 near East Durham Farms and ends at the Michael J. Quill Irish Culture Center. There will be free giveaways of tasty summer treats like ice cream, hot dogs, and soda. End the parade with trophies for parade float winners and, of course, top-tier fireworks once the sun goes down.

 

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Cairo’s 4th of July Celebration at the Park

Angelo Canna Park, Cairo
July 4

Celebrate Independence Day with a (literal) bang and join Cairo for an evening of celebration. Angelo Canna Park is a wonderful Catskills destination for open-air entertainment. Bring some snacks or chow down on fresh fare from Hudson Valley vendors. Check out craft artisans and live music, then settle down for the fireworks at dusk. 

Village of Tannersville 4thof July Celebration

Colonial Country Club, Tannersville 
July 4, 9 p.m. 

Tannersville’s annual fireworks show is an event with fun for the whole family. Be sure to bring a comfy chair and a blanket to watch the big event under the stars. 

 

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Windham’s Good Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration

Windham Mountain Resort, Windham
July 4, 7 p.m. to dusk

In keeping with its annual tradition, the Town of Windham hosts a grand Independence Day celebration. The Greene County 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. 

Orange County

Fourth of July Date Night 

L Vern Allen Park, Washingtonville
July 2, 6 p.m.

Ready for a perfect summer date night? Kick off the evening with festive music from Hillbilly Parade, a lively Hudson Valley cover band. Then, kick things up with a screening of Footloose. After the entertainment, settle in with a romantic fireworks show.

Cornwall Independence Day Celebration

Cornwall
July 4

Cornwall’s annual festivities are back in full swing this year with a parade through the center of town. Community members and families will be able to turn their cars into their very own parade floats and be in the center of the action. The parade starts at 1p.m. in Cornwall-on-Hudson and ends in the Town of Cornwall.

 

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Greenwood Lake Fireworks 

Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake
July 4, 9 p.m.

For anyone who has not experienced the Greenwood Lake summer concert series, few things compare to watching live music while the sun sets behind the mountains. Come equipped with coolers and snacks to take this setup to the next level. Finally, witness a massive fireworks show over the water.

 

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Freedom Fest Fireworks

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
July 17, 4 – 11:30 p.m. 

Orange County’s Freedom Fest returns to its original location, Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Hillbilly Parade performs as visitors peruse a fleet of food trucks and craft beverage vendors. The fun continues for hours, peaking with the dusk fireworks show.

Rockland County

Fireworks Celebration at Bowline Park 

Bowline Park, West Haverstraw
July 2, 7 p.m.

Before sitting back in a comfy chair for the show, take a scenic stroll along the Hudson River. West Haverstraw’s Bowline Park hosts one of the best fireworks shows in the entire region. Potluck-style picnics and live music from The Finesse Band set the summery scene. Arrive early for parking inside the park. NOTE: This event is only opened to fully vaccinated guests.

 

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New York Boulders July 4th Firecrackers

Palisades Credit Union Park, Pomona 
July 3, 6:30 p.m., July 4, 6 p.m.

Hot dogs, cold drinks, mini golf, and more await. Watch The New York Boulders play ball at the Palisades Credit Union Park. After each show, fireworks illuminate the night sky to commemorate July 4. The Rockland County baseball stadium is a delightful destination and a great spot for family fun.

Independence Day Fireworks 

Memorial Park, Nyack 
July 4, 9 p.m.

Nyack’s waterfront park offers breathtaking views of the Hudson. Watch fireworks reflect off of the shimmering water as The Village of Nyack honors Independence Day. The free event begins at 9 p.m., and is only a few minutes away from the heart of this southern Hudson Valley hotspot.

Ulster County

Mohonk Mountain House 4thof July Celebration

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz 
July 2-4

Independence Day fireworks all weekend long? Count us in. Mohonk Mountain House is one of the most recognizable and iconic destinations in the entire Hudson Valley. Guests of this four-season resort are treated to a weekend of festivities. Leading up to the big event, Mohonk hosts dockside concerts, water shows, carnivals, and a “red, white, and blue” 5K run. At night of July 4, Legion Fireworks puts together a show that casts color and light over the mountains.

Accord Speedway Fireworks

Accord Speedway, Accord
July 2 

Keeping with its annual tradition, Accord Speedway hosts a fireworks spectacular for Independence Day in the Hudson Valley. This Ulster County locale treats guests to high octane fun and car races every Friday night of the summer.

July 4th Parade and Fireworks

Saugerties
July 4

End the holiday weekend in the Hudson Valley with a drive-by motorcade parade in the Village of Saugerties. Patriotic garb and vibrantly decorated vehicles turn the quiet village into a full-blown Independence Day celebration.


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