Looking to see July 4 fireworks near you? This year there will be many more Hudson Valley events than 2020, though still not as many as usual. Here’s our annual list of Independence Day activities, including those with fireworks as well as daytime activities with a July 4 theme.
New Paltz area | Events
Vendors of handmade clothing, knitwear, beaded jewelry, macramé, soaps, jams, honey, flavored oils, pickles, pottery, wooden ornaments, carved and painted gourd birdhouses, Ugandan crafts and more had their booths arrayed along Huguenot Street. At long tables in the rear of the church parking lot, fairgoers bought hot dogs, burgers, chili and coffee to enjoy while listening and dancing to the bands that played all afternoon on two stages. The musical lineup — all local — included the Woodstock Brass Quintet, Jennifer Anne Country, Jordan Stoner, Cherished Memories Doo-Wop, Wind & Stone, Club Swing, Red Neckromancer, New Paltz Rock and Blue Plate Special.
The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance held its second annual Wallkill River Festival last Saturday at the Open Space Institute’s new River-to-Ridge trailhead on Springtown Road in New Paltz.
“It’s a nice old-fashioned way of having a community come together,” says Cindy Dates.
The Rosendale Street Festival marked its 40th anniversary this past weekend.
Did you miss New Paltz’s Independence Day fireworks celebration this year? You’re not alone; attendance at the Ulster County Fairgrounds was unusually light, despite the welcome return to fine summer weather after a week of oppressive heat and humidity.
Well over a hundred people rallied in front of Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz yesterday as part of a nationwide set of protests against the separation of immigrant families at the border.
Though it may come as a surprise in these days when craft-beer microbreweries are popping up all across the map, the fastest-growing segment of the alcoholic beverage market in the US in recent years has in fact been hard cider.
Water Street Market has been showing free outdoor movies in its courtyard every summer Monday night for a decade now. The season is up and running already, with the last film slated for Monday, August 27. And this year, the third Saturday of each month will also bring an opportunity to view a free movie under the stars in New Paltz, at the Field of Dreams park pavilion, where the first of three Saturday night movie screenings this summer will be Saturday, June 16.
The New Paltz fireworks will be at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. In Highland, the firework festivities will be held at the Town Field, located behind the Methodist Church on the corner of Vineyard Avenue and Main Street. Both celebrations will have kid’s activities, concessions stands and more.