Independence Day celebrations in the Capital Region: What to know before you go

Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July on Thursday? Look no further, we have your list of local events!


The Fourth of July festivities kick off Wednesday with a FREE fireworks display at the Washington County Fairgrounds, which offers families an array of food vendors, music and entertainment. The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. when the gates open at the Greenwich fairgrounds, but the fireworks don’t start until 9:30 p.m.


Clifton Park hosts a Fourth of July Independence Day celebration, beginning with a noon parade from the Shenendehowa Campus to Clifton Common, kicking off a day of free festivities.

From noon until dusk, there will be activities and performances for children of all ages – including community groups, rides and a craft show. There will be live music throughout the evening, starting at 5:30pm with SIRSY and ending with the New York Players at 8pm. Food vendors will also be on site. The evening will end with a fireworks display at 9:30pm.

ALBANY: Albany’s Empire State Plaza hosts 4th of July celebration with ceremony and music

Gates open at 4pm and the event includes a naturalization ceremony for new citizens at 5pm, a flyover, live music, food and drinks and children’s activities before the fireworks display begins at around 9:15pm.

For $80 per person, Dutch Apple Cruises offers a full bar, music, a BBQ dinner and fireworks on the water. Tickets here.


SARATOGA is holding its annual celebration at Brown’s Beach in Stillwater on Saturday night. There is a $5 parking fee starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and a fireworks display at 9 p.m./9:15 p.m. The beach will remain open after 7 p.m., but swimming is prohibited.