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No one celebrates the Fourth of July like New Yorkers do. For us, Independence Day means beach trips, fireworks over the water, picnics, and live music! Wear your red, white, and blue and get ready to “ooh” and “ahh” with these festive celebrations across the state. 

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks (New York City)

A vibrant fireworks display at Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in New York CityCredit: @clickforthekingdom on Instagram

This iconic event is back and the stunning fireworks display is sure to delight New Yorkers of all ages. This year the fireworks will light up the sky over the Hudson River starting at 8pm. Marvel over the fireworks while enjoying an accompanying score of patriotic music, electrifying performances, heart-pounding pyrotechnics, and more. Expect to be dazzled with an epic fireworks show at the country’s largest Fourth of July celebration—this display will be bigger than ever!

Albany’s 4th of July Celebration (Capital-Saratoga)

4th of July Fireworks at Empire State Plaza 1692

Celebrate the holiday with 20,000 other revelers at Empire State Plaza in Albany. The 4th of July Celebration takes place from 5pm-10pm and includes exciting live performances from some of the region’s best local artists, tasty food and beverage vendors, and of course fireworks! Watch the sky over The Egg, the New York State Capitol, and Corning Tower burst with color right before your eyes. 

The Jovia Financial Credit Union Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach (Long Island)

A trip to Jones Beach State Park is already the perfect summer day—enjoy the beach, boardwalk, surfing, fishing, miniature golf, and more. Your day will be even more special on July 4th starting at 9:30 PM, with more than 8,000 fireworks going off accompanied by patriotic songs.

Red, White & BOOM at LEGOLAND (Hudson Valley)

Fireworks in front of LEGOLAND NYC themed land at LEGOLAND
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A unique fireworks display will light up the sky over the Lego-themed amusement park to celebrate their Bricktastic 4th of July celebration. Be sure to grab a pair of special 3D viewing glasses so you can watch the fireworks burst into LEGO bricks right before your eyes! There will be entertaining live music and the park will be open until 9PM so you can enjoy the show. Plus, Red, White & BOOM activities are included with the cost of regular admission. 

Fireworks over Boldt Castle (Thousand Islands-Seaway)

Fireworks over Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, NY.
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Alexandria Bay's Independence Day celebration uses the stunning backdrop of the St. Lawrence River and Boldt Castle for its fireworks display. Set up a picnic along the shoreline or better yet, rent a boat and get on the water for an even more striking view. The fireworks begin at dusk, which can be later this far north, with an estimated start time of 9:45 PM.

4th of July in Lake Placid (Adirondacks)

4th of July Celebration in Lake Placid

Lake Placid hosted two Winter Olympic Games, and the surrounding area is still home to athletes that represent Team USA. It’s no surprise that the Olympic village is an exciting place for Independence Day. Start the day with a Lake Placid Horse Show at 8 AM for just $10 or under. Then, take your pick from a variety of activities: head to Lake Placid Public Beach and go for a swim, take a stroll around beautiful Mirror Lake,rowse the shops and have a nice lunch on Main Street, or enjoy live music from 1PM-4PM At 5 PM, Olympic athletes and special guests will march down Main Street, along with floats, classic cars, and more in the 4th of July gala parade. End the memorable day with a fireworks extravaganza over Mirror Lake starting at 9:30 PM.

West Mountain Concert and Fireworks (Adirondacks)

West Mountain in Queensbury will host Music on the Mountain, a day filled with live entertainment from Big Sky Country, food, an outdoor beer garden, and more. A fireworks display will begin at dark. June 29, 6-10 PM, $15-$25 (20 and over), $10-$20 (13-19), $5-$15 (7-12), 6 and under, free with purchase of adult ticket.

Independence Night Celebration at the Ballpark (Greater Niagara)

The Buffalo Bisons

Cheer for your favorite team as the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings face off at Sahlen Field. After the game, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will entertain the crowd with patriotic songs. Stick around after the concert for the largest fireworks show of the season! Game starts at 6:05 PM. Tickets cost $30.10 each.

Walkway Over the Hudson’s Fireworks Spectacular (Hudson Valley)

A photo of Independence Day fireworks between Mid Hudson Bridge and Walkway over the Hudson

Walkway Over the Hudson is the perfect viewing platform for the City of Poughkeepsie’s fireworks. The New York State historic park will hold a ticketed event from 6:30 to 10 PM (fireworks begin after 9 PM). Don’t forget to cross the Walkway during your visit—it’s one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world! Ticket information to be announced. See website for details. 

4th of July in Dutchess County (Hudson Valley)

No worries if you can’t make it to Walkway Over the Hudson on the 4th because fireworks will light up the sky all over Dutchess County! Head to the home of the minor league baseball team, the Hudson Valley Renegades. Fireworks displays will take place at Dutchess Stadium for three nights in a row (July 4-6) after their games against the Brooklyn Cyclones. In the mood for a parade? Bring a chair and then sit back and enjoy the Hyde Park Independence Day Parade. Prices vary.

Cazenovia July 4th Foot Races (Central New York)

The July 4th foot races are a major holiday tradition in Cazenovia, going back around 50 years. Runners can register for a 10-mile course, a 5K, or a Kid’s Fun Run. And once again this year, a virtual option is available for those who want to participate on their own. 10-mile begins at 8 AM, 5K begins at 8:15 AM, Kid’s Fun Run begins at 8:20 AM, 10-mile: $28, 5K: $25, Virtual: $25, Kid’s Fun Run: free.

Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration (Central New York)

Glimmerglass State Park

Head to Springfield, about 20 minutes north of Cooperstown, for the Annual Springfield 4th of July Parade starting at 11 AM. After the parade, stick around for live music, historical displays, and a helping of chicken barbecue. Afterwards, enjoy some classic rock at Glimmerglass State Park (pictured), as the band Scattered Flurries will perform at 7:30 PM. Stick around for the fireworks display beginning at dusk after the concert!

4th of July at Windham Mountain (Catskills)

Fireworks, parades, family-friendly activities, and more are planned for this Independence Day at Windham Mountain! The annual parade draws floats from around the area in an epic show of spirit and begins at 7:00 PM on Route 296, proceeding through Main Street. Afterward, catch a vibrant firework show, beginning at dusk. July 4, free.

Genesee Country Village & Museum Independence Day Celebration (Finger Lakes)

This family-friendly daytime celebration will feature games, picnics, a pie-eating contest, patriotic tunes, and a swearing-in of new U.S. citizens! The Genesee Country Village & Museum will also host its grand 19th-century style parade and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, $23 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $20 for students 13-18, free for children 12 and younger.

Cortland County Independence Day Spectacular (Finger Lakes)

Cortland County will return to tradition this year with a day-long celebration at Dwyer Memorial Park in Preble. Enjoy live music from local bands, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden. The music starts at 2 PM; the fireworks display is from 9-10 PM. July 6, free, $5 parking per car starting at 8PM.

Mayville July 4th Celebration (Chautauqua-Allegheny)

The village of Mayville is going all out this year with its annual July 4th celebration. The festivities begin with the Grand Parade, followed by a day of live music and entertainment, including a magic show, and a comedy, variety, and stunt show. The exciting day concludes with a colorful firework display. July 4, free.

Best 4th in the North 2024 Celebration (Adirondacks)

Make your way to Ticonderoga for this Adirondack summer staple celebration! Taking place from July 1-4 at Bicentennial Park, this festival has a jam-packed schedule events that includes a grand fireworks display, parade, live music, craft and food vendors, kid’s activities, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and more! July 1-4, free.

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