Kingston announces plans for July 4 festivities

(Photo by Phyllis McCabe)

The city of Kingston today announced details of the annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks on Thursday, July 4, held at Kingston’s Downtown waterfront. Food vendors will start serving at 4 p.m., with live music from 5-9 p.m. at T.R. Gallo Park.

The music lineup, presented by 92.9 WBPM, Rondout Savings Bank, The Reis Group, and WMC Health Alliance Hospital, includes: Ivory Rose (pop) at 5 p.m.; Geezüs Butlers (arena rock) at 6:30 p.m.; and Mister Kick (dance rock, R&B and hits) at 8.

After the music performances, Mayor Steve Noble will welcome the crowd at 9:15 p.m., followed by a color guard flag presentation and the national anthem. The fireworks display, presented by Mainetti & Mainetti, PC and O’Connor & Partners PLLC, will begin at 9:30, launched from the Wurts Street Bridge. The best view, the city says, is between the Route 9W Bridge and the Wurts Street Bridge at lower Broadway and T.R. Gallo Park.


“We hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the food, music and the spectacular fireworks from one of our beloved parks,” the mayor stated.

Traffic and parking rules will be strictly enforced. The City of Kingston and UCAT will be offering free shuttle services to the Waterfront. More details about shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations will be announced closer to the event, the city stated.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic with no parking from 1 p.m. on July 4 until midnight: Broadway from Abeel Street to East Strand (both sides); all of West Strand; East Strand from Broadway to the municipal parking lot entrance. The Wurts Street Bridge will be closed to traffic.

From 1 p.m. on July 4 until midnight, there will be no parking on both sides of Abeel Street from Wurts Street to Broadway and the first three parking spaces on Broadway from the intersection of Abeel (approaching Garraghan Drive) to accommodate the shuttle bus maneuvering. There will also be no parking on Thursday, July 4, from 7 a.m. until midnight in the three rows of parking spaces closest to Gallo Park in the parking lot behind Mariner’s Harbor, at the intersection of West Strand and Dock Street.

Due to maintenance, the Wurts Street Bridge will be closed from Monday, July 1 to Thursday, July 4. No pedestrians will be allowed on the Route 9W Bridge from 6-10:30 p.m.


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