With the fourth occurring on a Thursday, many people take the whole week off, still more make it a long weekend. With the help of Ulster Publishing and the Daily Freeman, I’ve compiled a week-long alphabetical list of happenings in the communities in our region.
Bear Mountain – June 28th – Live music and children’s games with fireworks at dusk.
Catskill – July 3rd – Dutchman’s Landing Park rock concert by the Lustre-Kings with fireworks at dusk.
Clermont – July 4th – Old Fashioned Independence Day celebration 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Clermont State Park.
Ellenville – July 4th – A noon parade, day-long arts and crafts with fireworks at 9:30 at the airport.
Fishkill – July 6th – Centennial Celebration at Fishkill Farms from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
High Falls – July 4th – Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. with a BBQ at 4 p.m.at Stone Dock Golf Club.
Highland – July 5th – Carnival, live music and children’s games at the First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Hyde Park – July 4th – Parade starts up Rt. 9 at 10 a.m. beginning at Roosevelt Movie Theatres.
Kingston – July 4th thru 6th – 3Three days of events. On the 4th – in the Rondout from 3 p.m. craft and food fair with live music and fireworks at dusk. On the 5th – first ever free outdoor performance of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic on the Rondout from 7-9:30 p.m. On the 6th – First Saturday Art Gallery receptions from 5-8 p.m. while at the same time on the Rondout there will be a lantern release & live music.
Marbletown – June 30th – Old fashioned Independence Day celebration with live music at the Bevier House from 1-4 p.m.
Margaretville – July 4th – A Civil War exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with refreshments.
New Paltz – July 6th – Festivities at Ulster County Fairgrounds from 5-10 p.m. include children’s activities and live music. Rain date July 7th.
New Windsor – July 4th – Old Fashioned Independence Day festivities at Knox’s Headquarters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with cannons, children’s events.
Newburgh – July 4th – Celebration at Unico Park from noon to 6 p.m. followed by live music ‘til 9 with fireworks set off from a barge on the Hudson River at dusk.
Poughkeepsie – July 4th – Celebration on the Walkway over the Hudson begins 6:30 p.m. with a fantastic view of the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Rosendale – July 4th – Coffee and cake served after a 9:30 a.m. reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Rosendale Theatre.
Saugerties – July 4th & July 6th – On the 4th – Parade at 11 a.m. ending at Cantine Field. On July 6th – the first day of Sawyer Motors car show weekend is held at Cantine Field from noon to dusk with hot-air balloons, children’s events, live music and family fun, followed by fireworks. Next door, at the Kiwanis Ice Arena, there will be an Apple Pie Judging Contest beginning at 3 p.m.
Tannersville – July 4th – Street party and parade followed by live music starting at 1 p.m.
Wallkill – July 4th – Fireworks at dusk at the golf course.
Washington’s Headquarters – July 4th – the 163rd Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free tours of the nation’s first publicly owned and operated historic site.
West Point – July 6th – Music Under the Stars beginning at 8 p.m. in the Trophy Point Amphitheater followed by fireworks. Rain date July 7th.
Of all the events listed above, the most meaningful events are usually the Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebrations. The true meaning of July 4th, not the parade/hotdog/fireworks meaning, but the ‘hard-fought right of freedom for all’ meaning, hits home when the Declaration of Independence is read aloud and the band starts playing patriotic songs as the crowd cheers HOU ZAA!
Have a safe, meaningful and happy fourth!