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Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations 2014

  |   July 3, 2014  |  Comment

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue! It’s almost time to hear fireworks bursting in air.

In spite of the stormy weather we’ve been experiencing*, here are just some of the fireworks celebrations scheduled for the Fourth of July 2014. Some celebrations begin July 3rd, others take place during the day of July 4th, while others extend the spirit by taking place July 5th.

So, take your pick from a reading of the Declaration of Independence by a costumed soldier at Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site and other historic sites to ice cream eating in Marbletown to a hike at Shawangunk Ridge on Millbrook Mountain to an evening picnic on an outstretched blanket.

Photo by Chery Howaniec


Dutchess County

Beacon, NY

July 4th: Independence Day fireworks display will take place at Beacon Memorial Park on Wilkes Street. Come early. Starting at 4 p.m., there will be food, fun, and live music in the park ahead of the fireworks display. Fireworks at dusk. Call 845-838-5000 for more information.

July 4th: Or, celebrate with a picnic at Bannerman Castle. Enjoy burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans and other summer favorites at a Fourth of July picnic on the island, an event which also includes the cruise to the island and live music. Tickets are $65 for Bannerman Castle Trust members and $75 for the public. Call 800-979-3370 to reserve tickets.

Fishkill, NY

July 3rd: Fireworks take place at Renegades Stadium – For fans of both minor-league baseball & fireworks will follow the Hudson Valley Renegades’ game against the Brooklyn Cyclones at Dutchess Stadium (1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls). Tickets are $8-$17; parking is $5.

July 4th: Don’t miss the reading of the Declaration of Independence at Van Wyck Hall, 1095 Main St., Fishkill at 11 a.m. The Village of Fishkill will host its 113th reading of the Declaration of Independence. 845-897-4430.

Hopewell Junction, NY

July 4th: East Fishkill Recreation Park, 392 Route 376, is the spot for a 4th of July 7 p.m. Concert followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 6. visit www.eastfishkillny.org for more information.

Hyde Park, NY

July 4th: Hyde Park residents will celebrate with a parade at Roosevelt Theatre, 4060 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, starting at 8 a.m. Parade lines up at 8 a.m. and steps off at 10 a.m. to march north on Route 9 to Main Street, west to Park Place and South to Regina Coeli School. Reviewing stand will be at the intersection of Pinewoods Road and Route 9. Awards will follow. Call 845-229-8086 for information.

Poughkeepsie, NY

July 4th: The City of Poughkeepsie’s annual fireworks spectacular can be viewed either from Waryas Park (free of charge) or from up on the Walkway Fireworks Spectacular). For the Walkway, wristbands are for sale, and you’re required to purchase them in advance (age 5 years & up) for $10. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk (9-9:30pm) from a barge on the Hudson River. Waryas Park is located at 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, 12601. View from the train station parking garage as well. Rain date: July 5th. Call (845) 451-4072 or see www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com. For the Walkway, call (845)454-9649 or visit www.Walkway.org

And, The Dutchess County Balloon Festival starts July 4th with a dozen evening launches scattered throughout the county on July 4 at 6 p.m. On July 5 at 6 a.m., all balloons in town will dot the sky over the Hudson River, taking off from the docks of the Hudson River Rowing Association, 270-272 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. A complete list of launch times and sites, as well as more information about the festival, can be found at dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival.


Orange County


Bear Mountain, NY

July 4th: Bear Mountain State Park will host a firework show. Approximate time for the fireworks display is 9:15 p.m. Alcoholic beverages and personal pyrotechnics are not permitted. Call 786-2701 ext. 242 for more information.

Cornwall, NY

July 4th:  A full day of activities are planned, including the Cornwall Lions’ annual lobster sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., crafts, food and a parade starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. The event is free. Visit http://cornwall4th.org/ for more information.

Greenwood Lake, NY

July 5th: Greenwood Lake’s parade will be on the 4th of July and its fireworks will be on July 5. Call 845.477.9215 or visit www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org for more information.

Village of Maybrook, NY

July 3rd: The Village of Maybrook celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature a special performance made by Hot Rod and fireworks will be held at Frederick Myers Veteran Memorial Park at dusk.

Monroe, NY

July 3rd: Start the celebrations early with Independence Day Fireworks — Vendors, a DJ and other entertainment will be featured followed by fireworks at dusk. Crane Park on Lake St./Route 17M, Monroe, 4 – 9:30 pm. Call 782-8341 for more information.

Newburgh, NY

July 5th: The Town of Newburgh Community Day begins at 6 p.m. and continues with fireworks at Cronomer Hill Park at dusk. Free. (It was rescheduled from July 3rd.) Call 845.564.7815 to confirm and for more information.

July 4th: In honor of Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site 164th birthday as the nation’s first publicly owned and operated historic site, the site admission at Liberty & Washington streets will be free July 4 only. Tours are offered every 45 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m., last tour is 4:30 p.m. Pinwheel making will be ongoing all day. Call 845-562-1195 for more information.

New Windsor, NY

July 4th: New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300), New Windsor will the site of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m daylong Independence Day festivities. The site will feature a day of Revolutionary War activities including a cannon firing, children’s wooden musket drill, tours, and military drill. Free admission. Call 845-561-1765 for more information.

West Point, NY

July 4th: The West Point Band will present its annual Independence Day concert and celebration at 8 p.m. The concert will start with the “Salute to the States,” where a new cadet from each of state presents the state’s flag while the band plays. The evening will continue with music ranging from marches to rock and roll, followed by a fireworks display over the Hudson River. Rain date is July 6th.


Westchester County

Katonah, NY

July 4th: The Caramoor Center for Music and Arts will host a July 4th Spectacular at 8 p.m. Visit www.caramoor.org for more information.

Mamaroneck, NY

July 4th: Mamaroneck’s Fireworks Spectacular display at Harbor Island Park will take place at 9:00 p.m. (Entrance at corner of Boston Post Rd and Mamaroneck Ave)

New Rochelle, NY

July 4th: The grand fireworks display will take place at the New Rochelle waterfront. Produced and sponsored by the famous Grucci family, the City of New Rochelle’s annual “Spark the Sound” extravaganza will start at 9:30 p.m., rain or shine. This event is free to the public.

Ossining, NY

July 3th: Beginning at 7:30pm. The fireworks will begin at around 9:15 p.m. Louis Engel Waterfront Park will host entertainment and fireworks. Free. 914-941-3189. Visit www.townofossining.com for more information.

Rye, NY

July 4th: The fireworks show will take place at Rye Playland at 9:30 p.m. Call 914-813-7000 or visit http://ryeplayland.org/ for more information.

Valhalla, NY

July 3rd: July 3, 6-10pm: Picnicking, music and fireworks at Valhalla Kensico Dam Plaza. Admission and Parking is FREE  Call 914-864-PARK or visit www.westchestergov.com/parks for more information.


Ulster County

Kingston, NY

July 4th: The excitement starts at the historic Rondout at 4pm with a free concert featuring 3 local bands on stage in T.R. Gallo Park. Then after 9pm, be on hand for a special video tribute to our troops and fallen heros followed by a gigantic fireworks display at 9:30. Performers include: Old Double E , The Cagneys, and Mister Kick. All the waterfront Restaurants will have food available with outdoor dining options. The Streets close to traffic at 4 pm and Shuttles will be running from 3-11 pm. Shuttles will be located at Kingston Point Beach, The Kingston Plaza, as well as on Cornell St. across from Frank Guido’s Little Italy.

Marbletown, NY

July 4th:  “Independence and Ice Cream” — Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209, Marbletown, noon-4 p.m. A little different- Civil War theme, costumes, music by Bob Lusk with Veterans in a New Field will be featured. Bring a picnic; ice cream is supplied. Call 338-5614 or visit bevierhousemuseum.org.

Rosendale, NY

July 4th: Come one, come all to Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale at 9:30 a.m. for A Reading of the Declaration of Independence, performed by 20 members of the community. The half-hour event is following by coffee and breakfast-birthday cake from The Alternative Baker. Free. www.rosendaletheatre.org or call 845-658-8989.

Saugerties, NY

July 4th: Main Street, Festivities start at 8:30 a.m. with a Firemen’s Inspection on Main Street followed by the parade at 11 a.m. from Saugerties High School. The rest of the day is dedicated to a Battle of the Bands and food vendors at Cantine Field, capped by fireworks at dusk. Community activities continue on Saturday and Sunday, including a car show on Main & Partition Street on Sunday at 1 p.m.

New Paltz, NY

July 7, 5pm: New Paltz Independence Day Celebration. Gates open at 5pm. Music, food, festivities and fireworks. Ulster County Fairgrounds/Libertyville Rd/255-0604

July 4th: Mohonk Mountain House’s 4th of July weekend will include demonstrations at the Firehouse, a carnival at its Kids’ Club, a log roll and porch dive, and a parade. The Illumination of the Mountain fireworks display takes place on July 4th. The weekend events also include a live performance by Cathi Lou and Roger Thorpe and a ceremonial reading of the Declaration of Independence.

All of us at Experience the Hudson Valley wish everyone a safe and enjoyable
Fourth of July!!!!

* Because major thunder storms related to Hurricane Arthur are expected to roll through the area over the next 24-36 hours, some locales have already rescheduled their fire works celebrations to a later date. Check the weather and your local news before venturing out.

** We’ll be adding more events in Rockland, Sullivan and Putnam Counties so be sure  to check back or add an event if we’ve missed one.

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