There is no better way to end a day of barbecuing, relaxing, and celebrating America’s independence with a group of friends, than with a bang - we’re talking fireworks of course! There are plenty of places within Ulster County that you can enjoy the grand illumination and sparkle of some top notch firework displays or, you may even be able to enjoy a ~small~ show from the comfort of your backyard. Fireworks are just the grand finale to an awesome day and Ulster County doesn't disappoint when it comes to fun holiday-related community events.
So if you’re looking to experience Independence Day in Ulster County like a local, pack a picnic, grab a blanket and some folding chairs and map out your perfect holiday weekend afternoon and evening with Taft Street Realty’s 4th of July Fireworks Guide.
New Paltz Independence Day Fireworks & Music Celebration
Friday June 30th, 2017, 5:00-11:00pm
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY
Get the festivities started on Friday night in New Paltz with fun for the whole family. Food trucks, bounce houses and face painting for kids, and live music by New Paltz Rock, Upstate Rubdown and Soul Purpose will keep everyone busy until the grand finale fireworks show at dusk. Fairgrounds and activities open to the public at 5pm with free admission (Rain date will be Saturday, July 1st at 6:00pm). You can get more details and updates on this event here.
BONUS: This Independence Day Weekend, the Ulster County Fairgrounds is also hosting the first New York Tiny House and Green Living Freedom Festival! All firework attendees on Friday night will get a free preview of the event, and doors will be fully opened to the public all day on Saturday and Sunday! More information about the Tiny House and Green Living festival can be found at www.tinyhousefreedomfest.com
Fireworks Extravaganza at Accord Speedway
Friday June 30th, 2017
Accord Speedway, Accord, NY
Get amped up for a Friday night of stock car racing with a chicken barbecue and a fireworks grand finale! Sponsored by Emmanuel’s Marketplace, special race day admission prices will be in effect and you can check in for more details at Accord Speedway’s website as they are announced.
Old Fashioned Fun & Fireworks
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017, 6:00-10:00pm
Town Field, Vineyard Avenue, Highland, NY
Enjoy an old fashioned Highland ‘fair’ with local food vendors, games and bounce castle for the kids. There will be live music from local DJ Rick Knight and the town will be celebrating “Christmas in July” by participating in a toy drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities. Cap off the evening with fireworks at dusk! More information can be found at the Town of Lloyd’s Event page.
Walkway Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, 7:00-10:00pm
Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland/ Poughkeepsie, NY
Have you ever wanted to see what it would be like to have a bird’s eye view of a fireworks display? Watching fireworks while perched high atop the Hudson River on the Walkway Over the Hudson can give you that feeling. Both approaches of the walkway will be open to view the City of Poughkeepsie fireworks display, but tickets are required (The Walkway will close at 5:30 pm to all patrons and will reopen at 6:30 to those who have purchased tickets for entry). Rain date is Friday, July 7th, 2017. For more information and to buy your tickets now, visit https://walkway.org/4th-of-july-fireworks-spectacular.
Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, starting at 11:00am
Village of Saugerties and Cantine Field, Saugerties, NY
Keeping with tradition, the Saugerties Fire Department will be holding it’s annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks, with fun planned throughout the entire day. The parade kicks off at 11:00am where it can be seen winding through the village of Saugerties (2017’s theme is “United We Stand”) and afterwards the party continues at Cantine Field where fireworks round off the night at dusk. You can find more information about the parade at the Village of Saugerties’ website.
Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, 6:00pm
T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston, NY
Live music and family festivities kick off Kingston’s Independence Day celebration down on the West Strand. Shuttle buses will be running for this always popular event. Fireworks will begin at dusk, but get there early to enjoy this huge community celebration! More details at the Kingston NY Happening’s page.
Ellenville Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday July 4th, 2017, Parade starts at 12:00pm, Fireworks at dusk
Liberty Square and Joseph Resnick Airport, Ellenville, NY
Join the Town of Wawarsing for Ellenville’s largest annual public event. Enjoy a parade with marching band, floats and arts and crafts vendors lining Liberty Square and the parade route. The celebration continues on into night at the Joseph Resnik airport for a free fireworks show.
The Fun Doesn’t Stop There | More Independence Day Events After July 4th:
Red, White & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday July 8th, 2017, 5:00pm
Thomas Felten Memorial Park, Modena, NY
Grab the family and a blanket for some encore fireworks put on by the Town of Plattekill! There will be music, food, glow sticks and of course, fireworks at dusk.
A Fair Day in High Falls
Saturday July 8th, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm
Hamlet of High Falls, NY
After the Grand Opening of the new High Falls bridge at 10:00am, High Falls Fair Day kicks into full swing at 11:00am, with all local businesses offering open houses, free live music, petting zoo’s for the children, a dunk tank, craft vendors, natural walks to the falls and along the D&H Canal trail, antiques for sale and a ‘Taste of High Falls’ from local restaurants and the High Falls Food Co-Op. More information about the festival can be found at www.highfallscivic.org
More ways to enjoy Ulster County fireworks
If you are traveling from out of town (or perhaps planning a holiday weekend stay-cation), guests staying at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz on the fourth of July weekend are in for a treat with special holiday weekend events including a parade, carnival and their own stellar fireworks show (These events are only for overnight guests, not open to the public, but who couldn’t use a night away anyhow?) Even if you can’t stay at the resort for all the events, the fireworks show can still be seen in various surrounding locations on either side of the mountain in New Paltz, High Falls and Accord so if you, or someone you know has a home with a view of Mohonk Tower, you’ll most likely still be able to see the show! (If you’re interested in getting the exact schedule of events, guest services at Mohonk Mountain House suggests giving them a call 3-4 days prior to the holiday weekend when the schedule of events should be finalized). Similarly, Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, NY will also be holding their own Independence day weekend events, exclusively for overnight guests, including a BBQ, live entertainment and fireworks display.
Backyard BBQs with friends can also be a great way to enjoy fireworks from the privacy of your own (or your friends’ own) homes- provided they are in a prime location. Gather a group of friends and host a party, utilizing your local area’s fireworks for entertainment, or create your own. Or if there’s less than stellar views from your homebase, head to a local restaurant to enjoy dinner and a fireworks show. Kingston’s fireworks can be viewed from Keegan Ales parking lot for example, or Mariner's outdoor deck would make a perfect spot to enjoy a front row seat to the Kingston show, while enjoying some great food and drinks.
If you want to see all the fireworks displays and Fourth of July parties going down this year all over the Hudson Valley, not just in Ulster County, check out this complete list and map, provided by Hudson Valley Post.
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