Those spending their 4th of July Weekend in the Catskills needn’t look too far to find some patriotic displays of pyrotechnics. We’ve got you covered for this year’s festivities with a jam-packed list of potential Independence Day plans.
The events featuring fireworks are listed first — if you read on, you’ll find some less-explosive, but still excellent, alternatives. Unless otherwise specified, the fireworks happen at dusk.
- The annual Margaretville Firemen’s Field Days offers nearly a week full of rides, booths, food and merriment all conveniently located at the Village Park behind Freshtown market. Check out the celebration and spend some time with your neighbors from Tuesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 6. Fireworks will be on July 4 and July 5.
- Delhi’s 41st Annual Fair-on-the-Square, though open every Friday in July, will celebrate the fourth with a fireworks display at dusk. Throughout the evening you can enjoy games, food and fair faire. Catch performances by the Delaware County community Band, Community Choir and Blues Maneuver as well as some family fun with Chee Chee the Clown.
- East Branch steps up to the plate with their two-day Annual Fireman's Field Days & Baseball Day starting 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday with fireworks closing out both nights. Throughout the day you can check out food, carnival rides, music, softball and a flea market. Friday, which is Baseball day, will also feature free popcorn, peanuts and cards.
- East Meredith’s Independence Day Celebration at the Hanford Mills Museum promises “old-fashioned fun” with a kids fishing derby, sack races, 19th century games and even a frog-jumping contest (though you’ll have to bring your own slimy little friend.) Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 4, attendees can enjoy ice cream churned by steam-power and chilled with ice from the Museums ice harvest. You can also check out the historic mill and woodworking shop and view demonstrations.
- Roxbury’s annual Sidewalk Festival will be held on Saturday, July 5th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to enjoy a day of live music, vendors and children’s activities sponsored by the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation in the adorable little hamlet.
- The Town of Windham and Windham Mountain are teaming up to celebrate Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m. with the annual town parade which travels down Route 296 to Main Street. After the parade, Windham Mountain will host a BBQ, live DJ and other activities at the base lodge beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Fireworks presentation will end the night, starting at 9 p.m.
- Cairo will host a July 4th parade down Main Street at 2 p.m., followed by live entertainment, food, vendors and pony rides at ngelo Canna Park. The event, a “Home Town Heroes” celebration will also honor veterans and enlisted U.S. Armed Forces members with 200 full color banners placed along the streets. A fireworks presentation will start around dusk.
- The Blackthorne Resort in East Durham will be providing family friendly entertainment all weekend with a wide range of games and activities including a frog catching contest, gold cart parade and live music by McClean Avenue Band, Kitty Kelly Band and 26 & 6 and a fireworks display. Call ahead for accommodations and camping availability. Activities begin Friday and last through Sunday.
- At Green Lake Resort in Catskill with celebrate the fourth with a Christmas in July weekend between July 3 and 6. The Christmas themed holiday event will include gifts, live music, fireworks and an appearance by Santa.
- The Town and Village of Catskill will host live music by Steppin Out and a fireworks display along Catskill Creek on July 5 at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be shooting off from the county parking lot on Lower Water Street behind the Greene County Office Building. Bring your chair and sit behind the County Office Building on Upper Water Street or from Cone-E Island on West Main Street.
- Tannerville will set off fireworks on July 5 at 9 p.m. at the Colonial Country Club on Main Street Tannersville, according to our friends at WRIP 97.9FM.
- Fireworks will fly at 9 p.m. in East Durham on July 5 at the Michael J Quill Centre on Route 145, also according to WRIP.
- The Windham Chamber of Commerce will host a pre-parade celebration on Main Street from noon to 7 p.m., leading up to the parade. There will be live music, amusements, magicians, food and retail vendors and a “Noah’s Ark build your own stuffed animal. Admission is free.
- The Durham Independence Day celebration will happen on July 5 include a parade down Main Street (Route 145) ending at the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre where there will be free hot dogs, ice cream and live entertainment. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
- The town of Tannersville will celebrate independence on July 5, with a parade down Main Street and crafts.
- Cobleskill will have a July 4 celebration presented by the Cobleskill Partnership beginning at 5 p.m. with a parade from the Campus Drive to the fairgrounds. There will be activities and food for kids and adults and fireworks to follow.
- Monticello Raceway will have nighttime racing starting at 6:30pm on Friday, July 4 leading up to their 46th annual fireworks display. Admission is free and fireworks will start after the last race.
- In Bethel, the annual fireworks display overlooking Kauneonga Lake will kick-off at dusk on Friday, July 4.
- Liberty’s Bicentennial celebration coincides with their 14th Annual 4th of July Celebration, this year. Festivities will kick-off at 10 a.m. on Main Street. There will also be a parade, a carnival and a street fair complete with food vendors, live music and a classic car show.
- Saturday, July 5 is Livingston Manor's annual Art Walk/Chalk Walk, with Main Street shops hosting local artists' work, and sidewalks all over town transformed into canvases for street art. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Ellenville’s Fourth of July Parade steps off at noon and paints the town red, white and blue, ending the celebration with a bang with their grand finale fireworks display.
- Walkway Over the Hudson’s Fireworks Spectacular will also be held on July 4th in Poughkeepsie. The Walkway will be closed to the general public at 5:30 p.m. and re-open at 6:30 p.m. to ticket-holders. Fireworks are slated to start between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Adams Fairacre Farms, Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Walkway Cafe or online at walkway.org. Children 5 and under can get in for free but should still be registered for the event. You can also check out the display for free at Waryas Park on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.
- Kingston’s Independence Day Weekend Celebration at the historic Rondout Waterfront will kick-off at 4 p.m. with a free concert featuring local bands Old Double E, The Cagneys and Mr. Kick. The night will bring a video tribute to fallen soldiers and veterans at 9 p.m. before the fireworks display blast off at T.R. Gallo Park in Kingston.
- In New Paltz, Mohonk Mountain House’s 4th of July weekend will include demonstrations at the Firehouse, a carnival at its Kids’ Club, a log roll and porch dive, and a parade. The “Illumination of the Mountain fireworks display” will begin at dusk. The weekend events will also have a live performance by Cathi Lou and Roger Thorpe and a ceremony featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
- Saugerties holds its annual Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4, kicking off a day of celebration that winds up with fireworks at Cantine Field at dusk.
- New Paltz’s Robibero Family Vineyard will host two days of Independence Day festivities. On Friday, July 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. they’ll host live music featuring Brian Dougherty. On Saturday, July 5, they’ll hold their “Red, White & BBQ Blues” event complete with a bonfire, wine tasting, local craft beer, a jumping castle and performances featuring Steve Wells.
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*John Tappen also contributed to the reporting of this story.