No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a grand fireworks display. There’s something particularly magnificent about a Hudson Valley finale—perhaps it’s the Catskills silhouetted on the horizon, or the glimmer of red, white, and blue reflected on the river. Whatever you love most about Independence Day, the Hudson Valley has no shortage of places to celebrate.
By dusk the charcoal in your grill may be fading to an ember, but the skies will just be beginning to light up, so grab your friends and family and head to a local spectacle. Here are a few suggestions:
The Amenia Fire Company hosts its annual summer carnival from July 2-5, 6:30pm-10:30pm. A wristband offers you admission to rides, games, and food, as well as a fireworks display on Friday at 10pm and a parade on Saturday at 5pm. (845) 373-8467.
Clermont State Park
Celebrate the Fourth the old-fashioned way with 18th-century crafts, historic games, reenactors, music, and hot food, all on a beautiful estate overlooking the Hudson. At dusk, watch the Saugerties fireworks from across the river. $10 per car. (518) 537-4240.
The small town hosts its biggest annual celebration. Enjoy arts and crafts, food, and music from 9am in Liberty Square, and then catch the old-fashioned parade at noon. Camp out on a blanket for fireworks at 9:30pm at the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport. (845) 647-8401.
Head to the historic Rondout district at 4pm, when a free concert will feature three local bands at the TR Gallo Park. All of the waterfront’s restaurants will be offering food and outdoor dining. After 9pm, honor our country’s troops and fallen soldiers with a special tribute video. The night will end with a grand fireworks display at 9:30pm. Streets will be closed to traffic at 4pm, but shuttles will run from 3pm-11pm.
On Main Street, Waryas Park offers a spectacular, free view of the city’s fireworks released from a barge on the river. The show will begin at dusk, between 9 and 9:30pm. The display can also be viewed from the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park; gates will open at 6:30pm for ticket holders. Tickets are $10 per person and should be purchased in advance. (845) 454-9649.
Celebrate on the Fourth with a parade at 11am, the Cole Bros. Circus at 2pm and 5pm at Cantine Field, and a 6:30pm sunset concert at Tina Chorvas Park. Head back to Cantine Field at dusk for a fireworks spectacle. Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend with the Saugerties Historical Society dedication of the Dutch Barn Art & Heritage Gallery on Saturday at 3pm and the Sawyer Motors Car Show on Sunday, 1-6pm. (845) 246-9701.
Start the afternoon off with the West Point Band’s Independence Day parade at 2:30pm on Main Street in Highland Falls. Continue the celebration at 8pm, when the famous band will perform a concert of patriotic tunes at Trophy Point. The evening will begin with a performance of “Salute to the States,” a presentation of state flags by cadets from across the US. As always, the night will close with a bang—the concert band’s traditional performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” accompanied by live cannon fire and fireworks.