Fourth of July Events

In Beacon, the annual Independence Day Celebration will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, at Memorial Park. There will be music, food vendors and children’s activities, followed by fireworks at dusk with a musical display by Joseph Bertolozzi. The event is organized by the city and I Am Beacon.

The Independence Day celebration in Cold Spring will take place on Tuesday, July 4, at 4 p.m., with a bicycle-decorating contest, specialty food and beverages and performances by the Big Takeover, the Breakneck Boys and the Crossroads Band at the main stage and, at 4:30 p.m., Tenbrooks Molly at the bandstand. The fireworks, sponsored by Groombridge Games, begin at 9 p.m. The rain date is Labor Day weekend.

The annual Independence Day service at the MeKeel’s Corner Chapel, with readings and songs, will be held at 10 a.m. on July 4. The chapel is located at the intersection of Routes 9 and 301 in Philipstown.

At Fort Montgomery, the four-hour Independence Day program begins at noon on Sunday, July 2, when the fort’s six-pound cannon, Ana, will be fired. There will also be camp activities and military drills throughout the day.  In 1776 John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward.”

Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction will host its annual Independence Day Bash on July 1, with cherry picking, music, yoga, line dancing, sunset wagon rides, a bonfire and lawn games. Admission is $5 per person, with children ages 12 and younger admitted free. See fishkillfarms.com.

Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh will host an Independence Day celebration on July 2 from noon to 4 p.m. A tour with stereoscopic views will be offered for $5 per person from noon to 3 p.m. Reservations are suggested; call 845-562-1195.

Walkway Over the Hudson will offer spectators a prime position to watch the City of Poughkeepsie fireworks on July 4. Tickets are $12.50 at walkway.org. Children 10 and younger are free but must have a ticket. The rain date is July 7.

West Point will present its annual Independence Day concert on Saturday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Trophy Point Amphitheater. The rain date is July 9. The free performance will be followed by fireworks. See westpointband.com.


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