The words of Francis Scott Key still ring true today as the Catskills celebrates Independence Day with stunning firework displays throughout the region each year. A popular and ageless Fourth of July tradition, fireworks are the perfect way to cap off a day of celebration with family and friends. Whether you spend the day barbequing, paddling, hiking, at a parade, or relaxing at one of the family-friendly resorts in the Catskills, head to a spectacular firework display to end your Fourth of July the right way!
This years' celebrations were a huge success. Thousands came out to the Catskills for some of the best fireworks shows in Upstate New York. Curious about 2019 Fireworks? Get an idea of what you can look forward to by reading about the festivities that took place this year and check back mid-2019 for updated times and locations.
Where to watch 4th of July Fireworks in the Catskills:
- July 3rd – Dusk: Fireworks on Main Street, Narrowsburgh
- Crowds gathered to celebrate Independence Day on Main Street in Narrowsburgh with fireworks at dusk.
- July 4th – Dusk: 24th Annual Liberty Festival, Liberty
- Festivities began in the morning with a classic car and truck show, live music, a parade, games, a bouncy house for kids, food, and even face painting! Many stuck around until and others joined at dusk to enjoy the fireworks.
- July 4th – Dusk: Town of Fallsburg Independence Day Celebration, Hurleyville
- From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Morningside Park, crowds celebrated the Fourth of July with rides, live music, entertainers, and fireworks at dusk.
- July 4th – Dusk: Spectacular Fireworks at the Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon
- Villa Roma Resort opened to the public for Fourth of July fireworks at dusk.
- July 4th – Dusk: Sullivan County July Fourth Outdoor Buffet & Bethel Fireworks
- Some got a little fancy this 4th of July at Sullivan County's July Fourth Outdoor Buffet from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on the Upper Deck of The Fat Lady Café. Guests enjoyed a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a selection of appetizers, and a Make Your Own Sundae bar. Many then headed to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for a firework display overlooking White Lake that began at dusk.
- July 6th – 10 p.m.: Monticello Casino & Raceway Fireworks, 204 Route 17B
- Monticello Casino and Raceway hosted a firework show after the races from approximately 10-11:30 p.m.
- July 7th – Dusk: Catskill Mountains Resort, Barryville
- Fourth of July celebrations are long-lived in the Catskills. On Saturday July 7th, Catskill Mountains Resort made day passes available for the pool. Guests enjoyed refreshments at Zac's Lounge, had dinner at Mountainside Restaurant, and watched a spectacular Fireworks show that began at dusk.
- July 4th – 9 p.m.: Walkway Fireworks Spectacular, Highland
- Crowds gathered to watch the City of Poughkeepsie's premier fireworks display from the Walkway over the Hudson. Gates opened at 7 p.m. and fireworks began around 9 p.m. Guests enjoyed the ability to bring their own snacks and drinks. Entrance fees were $12.50 for general admittance adults ages 10 and up, and $10 for Walkway members, veterans, and seniors.
- July 4th – 9:30 p.m.: Kingston July Fourth Celebration, Kingston
- Food, music, and activities kicked off an Independence Day celebration at 4 p.m. at T.R. Gallo Waterfront Park. Fireworks began at 9:30 p.m.
- July 4th – Dusk: Ellenville Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks, Ellenville
- Arts, crafts, and food were available all day at Liberty Square. The parade kicked off at noon with floats and live bands. Crowds then headed to Joseph Y. Resnick Airport for fireworks in the evening that began at dusk.
- July 4th – Dusk: Saugerties Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks, Saugerties
- The parade began at 11 a.m and fireworks were set off in Cantine Field at dusk.
- July 6th – 5-11 p.m.: Town of New Paltz Independence Day Celebration, New Paltz
- Many continued the festivities Friday, July 6th at the Town of New Paltz Independence Day Celebration with live music, food trucks, and fireworks at the Ulster County Fairgrounds from 5-11 p.m.
- July 4th – 1-9:30 p.m: Margaretville Fire Department Field Days, Village Park, Margaretville
- There was a huge turnout at the Margaretville Fire Department Field Days throughout the week, with a full day of holiday festivities, live music, food, and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m on July 4th.
- July 6th – 5-9 p.m.: Fair on the Square, Courthouse Square, Delhi
- Delhi continued Fourth of July celebrations with food, games, live music, and a firework display from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, July 6th.
There are also a number of non-firework 4th of July celebrations hosted in Delaware County!
- July 3rd – 6-10 p.m.: Scribner's Catskill Lodge Fireworks Celebration, Hunter
- A crowd celebrated the Fourth of July a day early with bbq, ice cream, lawn games, and fireworks on Tuesday, July 3rd.
- July 4th – 5-10 p.m.: Cairo Fireworks Celebration, Cairo
- Live music, food, and fireworks at Angelo Canna Town Park from 5 to 10 p.m. made for a fun-filled Fourth of July!
- July 4th – 9 p.m.: Windham Fireworks Celebration, Windham
- Masses headed to this famous mountaintop town for main street shopping and eating, an evening parade at 7 p.m., and fireworks at Windham Mountain at 9 p.m.
- July 5th – 9 p.m.: Catskill's Fireworks Celebration, Catskill
- Dutchman's Landing Park kept the party going on Thursday, July 5th. A Beach Boys Tribute Band set the mood at 6 p.m. and fireworks glistened above the Hudson River at 9 p.m.
The fun always continues past Independence Day in the Great Northern Catskills with many other 4th of July fireworks shows.
To ensure the best possible experience for you and your fellow viewers, keep these pro tips in mind:
- Bring lawn chairs or, better yet, blankets so you can get comfy!
- Depending on how close you are to the launch location, fireworks can be very loud. Consider bringing ear plugs for small children or members of your group who don't like loud noises.
- Many pets are afraid of fireworks. Keep your canine companions on a leash to avoid having to send out a search party for Fido after the show.
- Some venues allow you to bring outside food and beverage. Be respectful and take out what you bring in. Also, be sure to drive responsibly if you're enjoying adult beverages.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and late-night picnics and get ready to "ooh" and "ahh" at these breathtaking firework displays. If you're not grilling your own hamburgers and hot dogs, stop by a local eatery for food before the show. Fireworks aren't the only way the Catskills are celebrating the Fourth of July! If you're in town for the long weekend, check out some of the great, family-friendly events going on for the holiday.