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The global coronavirus pandemic has upended many of the ordinary pleasures we've taken for granted. Unfortunately, it looks like you can add fireworks to that list.

Many Hudson Valley towns have canceled their fireworks shows this year. Why? Many fireworks activities take place around town festivals or gatherings. Local leaders were understandably concerned that such group gatherings could increase risk for exposure. Others didn't believe it was logistically possible for them to set up preventative measures to mitigate the risk: a town's live events take an army of recreation department staff and other town employees to put on in the best of circumstances; changes needed to comply with current social distancing guidelines might not have been possible for all town events. Financial considerations also play a role. Fireworks displays can be costly and local municipalities and counties have seen coffers depleted by increased expenses associated with responding locally to the coronavirus and decreased revenue from taxes.

Some of the bigger fireworks displays that have been canceled for 2020 include those in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Saugerties, Cornwall, Maybrook, Germantown, Liberty, Plattekill, Monroe and Highlands Falls, among others.

Other fireworks events such as those in Brewster and Wallkill are still tentatively slated to go on but awaiting a confirmed date this year.

With fewer fireworks planned this year, maybe the events that do go on as planned will give us a greater appreciation for festivities we've taken for granted over the years.

Several municipalities are still coordinating their 4th of July celebrations, and we'll be sure to add them as soon as they appear. Did we miss a fireworks show near you? Contact jackie.corley@townsquaremedia.com with details and we'll get your town's event on the map.

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*An asterisk indicates a 4th of July event or festival that does not include fireworks.

***Three asterisks indicate a change in schedule due to weather.

Before July 4

Accord

Date: 7/3/2020
Time: 5 p.m.
Address: 299 Whitfield Road, Accord, NY 12404
Admission Price: Special event pricing has not yet been announced.
Details: Accord Speedway's fireworks have a rain date of July 10.

Village of Catskill

Date: 7/2/2020
Time: Dusk
Address: Dutchman’s Landing Park, Main Street, Village of Catskill, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: A band will perform and fireworks will take place at dusk.

East Fishkill

Date: 7/3/2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Address: 392 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Admission Price: Free
Details: A concert will take place at Hopewell Recreation Park Pavilion featuring Andy & the Newhearts at 7PM and fireworks 9:15PM.

4th of July

Amenia

Time: 9:30PM
Address: Silo Ridge Field Club, 217 Depot Hill Road, Amenia, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: Dutchess County will host fireworks displays at three locations for 4th of July. Gates will open to vehicles at 7:30PM but parking is limited.

Cairo

Time: Fireworks at dusk
Address: Angelo Canna Park, Mountain Avenue, Cairo, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: The Town of Cairo will hold 4th of July fireworks at dusk at the town park.

Cornwall*

Address: Cornwall4th.org
Admission Price: Free
Details: Cornwall's historic 4th of July festivities will be presented virtually through its website this year. A drive-by parade of emergency vehicles will take place in the evening.

Ellenville

Time: Fireworks at dusk
Address: Old V.A.W. building near Joseph Y. Resnick Airport
Admission Price: Free
Details: The Ellenville 4th of July parade and fireworks will take place this year, though the parade is being reworked to follow state guidelines. Fireworks will be held at dusk behind the Old V.A.W. building near Joseph Y. Resnick Airport.

New Windsor*

Time: 1PM & 4PM
Address: Knox's Headquarters 289, Old Forge Hill Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553
Admission Price: Free
Details: Knox's Headquarters will hold a small cannon firing on the 4th of July at 1PM and 4PM to celebrate independence day.

Rhinebeck

Time: 9:30PM
Address: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: Dutchess County will host fireworks displays at three locations for 4th of July. Gates will open to vehicles at 7:30PM but parking is limited.

Town of Ulster

Time: 7:30PM
Address: TechCity Parking Lot, 300 Enterprise Drive, Kingston, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: Ulster County will host a fireworks display at the TechCity Parking Lot. The lot will open to cars at 7:30PM and the fireworks will take place at dusk.

Town of Wappinger

Time: 9:30PM
Address: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappinger, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: Dutchess County will host fireworks displays at three locations for 4th of July. Gates will open to vehicles at 7:30PM but parking is limited.

After July 4

Brewster

Date: 8/22/2020
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Address: 111 Independent Way, Brewster, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: The Town of Southeast Fireworks Extravagance planning committee is hoping for an Aug. 22 fireworks event. Check the Facebook event page for updates.

Kingtson*

Date: 7/5/2020
Time: 4PM
Address: Dietz Stadium, 170 N Front St., Kingston, NY
Admission Price: Free
Details: Ulster County will recognize essential workers during Independence Day weekend with a motorcade starting at Dietz Stadium.

Montgomery

Date: 7/18/2020
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Address: Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 211 State Route 416, Montgomery, NY 10916
Admission Price: Free
Details: Gates for Freedom Fest will open at 6PM and fireworks will take place at dusk. Public health guidelines will be adhered to and residents are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks.

Saugerties*

Date: 7/5/2020
Time: TBD
Address: Cantine Memorial Field, Saugerties, NY 12477
Admission Price: Free
Details: There will be a modified 4th of July parade in the form of a motorcade with no marchers. There will not be fireworks this year.