Tuesday, July 1, 2014 / by Vanessa Saunders
There's no lack of things explosive to do this coming Fourth of July in the Lower Hudson Valley. The rocket's red glare will be see up and down the Hudson and far inland, celebrating our Independence Day. Listed below are as many of the local events as we could find. So with GPS's guidance, go local, avoid traffic and get in as many "Oohs" and "Ahhs" as possible this holiday weekend!
Cross County Shopping Center's Summer Fest July 3
Grab the family and bring the lawn chairs and blankets for live concerts all summer long on The Green, in the center of the Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. Enjoy a variety of performances including: July 3: NYC Swing Band; July 9: Milagro; July 16: Strawberry Fields; July 23: Hazzard County; July 30: The Benjamins; Aug. 6: Almost Journey. Shows are from 7-9 p.m. The July 3 concert by the NYC Swing Band includes an Independence Day fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. Summerfest starts at 6 p.m. on "The Green" in the center of the mall, with strolling entertainers including stilt walkers, face painters and balloon artists. Visit the Cross County booth, located near the center stage, for a free hand-held American flag.
Ossining Summer Concert Series July 3
Free weekly outdoor concerts Fridays, July 3-Aug. 22, at Louis Engel Waterfront Park. The July 3 show features pop/rock/R&B group Jigsaww at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. July 3. Bring blankets or foldable chairs picnic baskets and beverages. Food stands also available. villageofossining.org
Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks July 3
Saluting Independence Day with entertainment and patriotic music followed by a spectacular fireworks display. 5-9:30 p.m. Kensico Dam, Bronx River Parkway and North Broadway, Valhalla. Parking and admission are free but carpooling is suggested. 914-864-7275, http://www.parks.westchestergov.com
New Rochelle Fireworks
The famous Grucci Family of Fireworks present one of their signature displays on the New Rochelle waterfront. Sponsored by New Rochelle Parks and Recreation, the event starts at 9:30 p.m. Take it all in from Hudson Park, Five Islands Park, and the Municipal Marina upper parking deck. 914-654-2087.
Fireworks Shows at Playland
Playland offers bi-weekly fireworks accompanied by a music every Wednesday and Friday night during July and August. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. A special holiday fireworks show accompanied by patriotic music will salute the Fourth at the pier on July 4. Rye Playland Amusement Park, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye. 914-813-7000, http://www.RyePlayland.org
Town of Southeast Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Music by The Second Saturday Band at 8:00, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Best vantage points are from the Highland Depot Shopping Center outside the Kohl's, DeCicco's and Home Depot parking lots. Independence Way in Brewster. Music. Rain date: July 5.
Village of Mamaroneck Firemen's Carnival
The 67th Annual carnival happens nightly for two weeks from 7-10 p.m., June 27 through July 5 at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. Take in the fireworks display July 4 at 9 p.m. Rain date: July 5.
Larchmont Fourth of July Concert in Manor Park
See fireworks from communities all across Long Island Sound while listening to the The Dixie Dandies. Held rain or shine, from 7:15-9 p.m. at Manor Park, 99 Park Ave. Sorry, no picnics.
Westchester Symphonic Winds and Ryan Silverman
An evening of fireworks and musical pops by the Westchester Symphonic Winds, and Broadway's Ryan Silverman. American patriotic music and pop will be followed by fireworks after the concert. Music starts at 8 p.m. Children under 18 half-price. At the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah. 914-232-1252, caramoor.org.
Peekskill Fire Department July 4th Parade & Fireworks
Take in the parade Friday afternoon from 10 am-noon, from Highland Avenue south to Division Street, then west on South Street, then west on Hudson Avenue, to Riverfront Green. The free concert starts at 7-9 p.m., with fireworks at Riverfront at 9 p.m.
Scarsdale July 4th Carnival Day & Firework Spectacular
Take in the carnival on the fourth starting at 11 a.m. with games, food and fun until 4 p.m. Then take in the Scarsdale Fireworks Spectacular starting at 9:15 p.m. Admission $ starting at 5 p.m. Scarsdale Pool Complex, 311 Mamaroneck Road.
Tilly Foster Country Fair/Southeast Fireworks Display
Take in all the food, rides and games, on site bar and beer tent and local bands and musicians from the perfect place to see the Town of Southworth’s July 4 fireworks. Sparks fly at 9:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Route 312, Brewster. 845-808-1015.
Pound Ridge Independence Holiday Road Race and Fireworks
Fireworks and music and all the food you can eat if you bring it yourself. 6-10 p.m. Town Park, 179 Westchester Ave.
Town of Kent Fireworks
Fireworks over Lake Carmel. 9-10 p.m. Better come early to get a seat on the shores of Lake Carmel. Rain date: July 6. Snadbeck Avenue.
Motown, R&B, pop, rock with Showtime Dance Band. In case of rain, concert will be held in the Nanuet High School Auditorium. 8 p.m. Nanuet Senior High School, 103 Church St
Independence Day Celebration, at Bowline Pt. Park, 6:30pm
Enjoy fireworks overlooking the Hudson River and the Town of Haverstraw. Listen to live music, play bingo and raffles and dine at the many food stands. Kids fun includes a bouncy house, a face painting balloonist and a clown. It all starts at 7 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs. Parking donation: $5 per car minimum. Rain date July 5. Proceeds support the Helen Hayes Foundation. Route 9W North, West Haverstraw. 845-786-4365,786-4114 or visit www.hhhfoundation.net.
West Haverstraw Fireworks Cruise on the Commander Cruise Boat.
View fireworks at Peekskill and all up and down the Hudson from onboard the Fireworks Cruise 8 – 10:30 p.m. Depart from the Haverstraw Marina, West Haverstraw at 8:00 p.m., and return to Haverstraw Marina at 10:30 p.m. $15.00 for children (5-12), $20.00 for seniors (62 ) and $25.00 for adults. (845) 534-7245 or (845) 534-1083.
Find a place to park your blanket with a clear view of the southwest anywhere in Nyack and see fireworks displays up and down the Hudson River. Nyack on the west bank and Tarrytown on the east side both start their fireworks shows just before 9 p.m. You can see Nyack’s show launched from Memorial Park on the Hudson River.
Pearl River, Central Avenue Field,
Fireworks start at nightfall after the 7 p.m. Annual Pearl River Holiday Concert. Held at the Gazebo, Central Avenue. (Rain date 7/5). (845) 536-3639 or (845) 359-5100. www.orangetown.com. Admission is free.
Provident Bank Park Baseball and Fireworks, Pomona, NY
The Rockland Boulders take on the scrappy New Jersey Jackals, game time at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks after the game. Don’t miss the annual hotdog eating contest, celebrated by Sabretts.
U. S. Military Academy Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display
The West Point Band presents its annual Independence Day celebration concert starting at 8 p.m. The concert will start with the "Salute to the States," where a new cadet from each state presents the state's flag while the band plays. The evening will continue with music ranging from marches to rock and roll, and a cannon-accompanied performance of the 1812 Overture. After the show is a spectacular fireworks display over the Hudson River. Free. Rain date: July 6. Trophy Point, West Point. 845-938-2617. Usma.edu/band.
Newburgh Fireworks, from ashore or afloat on a boat
Get the best views of the fireworks around Newburgh with a cruise on board the River Rose from 8:00 - 10:30PM. Departs Newburgh Landing, Front Street, Newburgh NY Call 845-562-1067 for more information. Or, watch the show over the Hudson at the Waterfront - Newburgh, NY. Front Street, Newburgh. NY. Call 845-569-7300 for more information
Two state July 4th Extravaganza: Port Jervis NY and Matamoras PA
Starting at 6:00 P.M. in Veteran's Park, Port Jervis and ending at Airport Park, Matamoras, Pa., hear the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic music followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Food and ice cream vendors will be available. Admission is free. Call 845-856-6694 for more information
Middletown, NY Fireworks and Music
Hear the bands and see the fireworks display starting around 7 p.m. at the Fancher Davidge Park on Frank Shorter Way in Middletown NY. Concert by The American Belles & The Carl Richards Band Fireworks start at dusk.
Fri, July 4 fireworks start at 8:30pm – 9:30pm in Cornwall by Rings Pond.
For more information, call 845-534-2070, www.cornwallny.com
Town of Wallkill Fireworks
Starting at dusk, fireworks will be launched from the Wallkill Golf Course. No parking at the golf course however, so find your car a spot at the Circleville Elementary School on Rt. 302. Transportation will start trips to the golf course a 6:30 pm. For more information, call 845-692-7826, www.townofwallkill.com
Village of Monroe NY Independence Day Festival and Fireworks
Come to the Independence Day Festival and stay for the fireworks which start around 9 pm at Millpond Park. Rain date Sat Jul 5. 845-782-8341, www.villageofmonroe.org