We're already written about where to find fireworks on this Fourth of July in the Catskills. But there’s lots of other things going on across the region as well. Here are a few of our favorites, county by county.
On Friday, July 3, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith celebrates its 40th birthday with a gala dance under the stars with Hazmat Modine, a pan-ethnic roots and blues band. Chicken dinner at 7 p.m.; music begins at 8 p.m. If you were born in 1975 or are driving a 1975 car, you get in free.
Get your fill of strawberries at the Andes Strawberry festival, where folks will be serving and selling homemade pies, sundaes, shortcake and punch from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the Andes Presbyterian Church.
Above: Frog-jumping at the Hanford Mills Museum. (It's BYOF.)
Celebrate a truly old-fashioned Fourth in East Meredith at the Hanford Mills Museum’s annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The signature attraction is the popular frog jumping race (bring your own frog), and there will also be tug o’war, sack race and a fishing derby. They’ll be demonstrating steam power, and you can check out the “Rural Genius” exhibit, sample some steam-churned vanilla ice cream (made with local ice harvested last winter!) and groove on the down-home sounds of Balter.
Hear live music during a moonlit train ride on the Delaware & Ulster railroad in Arkville on Saturday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Treadwell will be awash in the colors of the 20th Annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival, in which artists open their homes, studios and galleries to the public along the route of Old Stagecoach Road (now County Road 14). Most studios are within walking distance of Treadwell Center, and the Methodist Church ladies and the Treadwell Fire Department will be manning the BBQ grills. There’s a new major venue, Stagecoach at the Fisher’s Barn, and still more art at other venues nearby in West Meredith as well as in the village of Franklin. Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 from 10 a.m to
In Roxbury, the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 with live music and vendors. Roxbury Wine and Spirits is celebrating with tasting parties of locally-made alcoholic beverages from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3 and from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.
The Greenville Drive-In in Greenville is celebrating a grand re-opening on Saturday, July 4 with a 7 p.m. showing of “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” On Sunday, they’ll be showing “American Graffiti,” and anyone in a car was made before 1980 gets in free. The drive-in just raised over $22,000 on Kickstarter to upgrade to new digital screens.
Fine sonic explosions will be rockin’ the Orpheum in Catskill as Grammy Award Winner Koji Nakamura and the OMNY Taiko drummers blow your mind in a pounding burst of spiritual artistry at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. It’s a free community event, but you’ll want to log on to “buy tickets” to reserve yourself a seat. Then, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., head down to Dutchman’s Landing Park and rock your newly cleansed self out to the sounds of Guilty Pleasure in an Independence Day special edition of the “Music in the Park” series. Make sure to catch the Calico Indian Dance Showdown around 7 p.m.
Cairo will roll out its July 4th Bed Race at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4 in the Angelo Canna Town Park, where costumed teams of five people compete for the title of best wacky themed bed.
Get rebellious at the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie, where they’ll be reading Revolutionary era documents living-history style at an Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Visitors welcomed to join in the debate about forming a new government.” Hmmm. Maybe it all starts here.
The Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Pop-Up Market on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kymar Farm Windery and Distillery in Charlotteville.
Roscoe will be on parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.
In Liberty from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, they’ll be hosting the Liberty Festival and Parade with entertainment, vendors, feasting and good times. At 1 p.m., catch a performance by The Weather Project featuring song, dance and stilt-walking.
On Friday, July 3, you’re invited to feast and dance at the annual BBQ fest thrown by the good folks at the High Falls Café in High Falls. Feasting begins at 5 p.m.; music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, July 4, the Morton Memorial Library on Elm Street in Pine Hill is holding its annual street fair, featuring games, food, kids' activities and a silent auction.
Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz comes alive on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with “New Paltz in the War for Independence,” featuring a brand new exhibit in Dubois Fort and the theatrics of Revolutionary re-enactors. Besides the military demos, you can check out candlemaking, blacksmithing, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing and colonial cooking. Children can participate in reenactment military drills and various colonial games.
In Saugerties on Saturday, July 4, the traditional Saugerties parade begins at 11 a.m. at Saugerties High School. There will also be fireworks at dusk.
On Saturday, July 4, the Catskill Mountain Railroad will be hosting the "Stars and Stripes Special" train rides from the Westbrook Station in Kingston.