Are There Fireworks?

Fourth of July weekend events

There are no fireworks this year in Cold Spring (they will happen over Labor Day weekend instead) or Beacon. West Point will host a concert and fireworks show on Sunday (July 4) at 7:30 p.m. (postponed from Saturday due to bad weather) for people who live or work at the U.S. Military Academy, but it will not be open to the general public.

The Macy’s fireworks will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday (July 4) over the East River in New York City with more than 65,000 shells and effects.

Film and Fireworks
6:30 p.m. Dutchess Stadium
1500 Route 9D | 845-838-0094
Watch an outdoor screening of the 2004 thriller, National Treasure, starring Nicolas Cage, followed by a fireworks show. Cost: $15

Declaration of Independence
11 a.m. City Hall (Courtroom)
1 Municipal Plaza
The city will host its annual reading of the founding document after canceling it in 2020 because of the pandemic shutdown. This year will mark the 11th year of the readings, which began in 2011.

Cannon Firing
Noon. Fort Montgomery Historic Site
690 Route 9W
The fort will fire its artillery to celebrate America’s birthday.

Independence Day Celebration
Noon. Mekeel’s Chapel
Routes 301 and 9
This outdoor ceremony at the historic 1867 chapel will include patriotic songs and hymns and readings from founding documents.

Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra
4 p.m. Boscobel | 1601 Route 9D
845-265-3638 |
Celebrate Independence Day on the great lawn with the first concert since the pandemic.

Tips for Using Fireworks Safely
From the state Division of Consumer Protection

■ Only purchase sparkling and novelty devices from New York State registered temporary seasonal retailers. A list of registered retailers is available here.

■ Never use or make professional-grade fireworks.

■ Do not buy or use fireworks that are packaged in brown paper; this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and are not for consumer use.

■ Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. This is hot enough to melt some metals.

■ Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

■ Never point or throw fireworks at another person or occupied area.

■ Always wear eye protection when using sparkling devices.

■ Light fireworks outside, one at a time, then move away from them quickly.

■ Keep a bucket of water, garden hose, or fire extinguisher handy, in case of fire or other mishap.

■ Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

■ After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device, to prevent a trash fire.

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