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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!

WEDNESDAY:

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.

THURSDAY:

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.

SATURDAY:

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.