Note: There have been cancellations and postponements since this was posted. See updated schedule here
No one does Independence Day quite like Saugerties. Here’s the plan for 2014:
Friday, July 4, 11 a.m. Parade in village. The Fourth of July Parade will be held on Friday, July 4 at 11 a.m. on Washington Ave. Line-up starts at 10 a.m. A veteran’s division has been organized to pay tribute to all World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary. All World War II and Korean War veterans are invited to be part of the parade, riding in jeeps, cars or trucks of the WWII era and it’s expected that each veteran will be announced as they pass the reviewing stand. All veteran’s posts, detachments or units of any kind from the surrounding counties are invited to march with their post colors. Korean veterans may choose to be part of a Korean War group or remain with their home post, and posts with members unable to march may bring a car for them to ride in. Any veteran or veterans organization interested in marching may email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 246-7972. Indicate number of marchers, riders and vehicles that will take part. Directions and details will be emailed in return where possible. In photo from a previous parade (far right) American Legion Post Commander Joe Bisignano poses with World War II Sherman tank that will be part of the Fourth of July Parade again this year.
Friday July 4 (CANCELLED ACCORDING TO SAUGERTIES PD), 2 and 5 p.m. Circus at Cantine Field. The Cole Bros. Circus will present two shows at Cantine Field. The dynamic 130th anniversary edition of the circus celebrates the greatest acts from circus history and the rising stars of today’s American circus. Elephants and acrobats along with tigers and teeterboard tumblers all take their turns in the spotlight. Mexico’s “Angels in the Air” leave audiences breathless as they soar high above the ring on the flying trapeze. Motorcycle daredevils risk life and limb at breakneck speeds in the ThunderDrome, with the zany Cole Bros. Clown Crew arriving in the nick of time to provide comic relief. The legendary Human Cannonball adds an explosive finish to every show. Tickets cost $16-$28 for adults. Free tickets for children under age 13 are available at www.GoToTheCircus.com.
Friday July 4, 9:30 p.m. Fireworks at Cantine Field.
Saturday, July 5, 5-7 p.m. Sawyer Motors Car Show kickoff party. Corner of Main and Market St. Live entertainment by the Hot Rod Band.
Sunday, July 6, 1–6 p.m. Sawyer Motors Car Show. Over 500 cars, nonstop entertainment. Admission always free. www.sawyermotorscarshow.com