Independence Day round-up: Fireworks, concerts, water-ski show and more

The U.S. Water Ski Team, shown in 2019, will start the evening Friday at Jumpin' Jack's with a performance at 7 p.m. 

The U.S. Water Ski Team, shown in 2019, will start the evening Friday at Jumpin' Jack's with a performance at 7 p.m. 

The skies around the Capital Region will be lit up this weekend with the Fourth of July festivities. For those who haven’t made plans yet, here’s a look at where to catch the fireworks, along with some live music and a bite to eat.

New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration
WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Empire State Plaza Albany
WHAT: Considered one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the area, this year it will bring live music by Starship featuring Mickey Thomas along with a fireworks display.
There will also be a performance by The Brass Machine.
Thomas is known for his soulful and compelling voice that propelled Starship through the 1980s and 1990s. Every Starship album released since 1979 has gone Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum. The material covered during Starship’s live performances ranges from Mickey’s tenure with The Elvin Bishop Band and Starship and songs from his two solo albums.
For more information on the celebration visit

Jumpin’ Jacks Fireworks and Water Ski Show
WHEN: Starts at 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Jumpin’s Jacks, 5 Schonowee Ave. Scotia
WHAT: The U.S. Water Ski Team will start the evening with a performance at 7 p.m. Then at 8 p.m. in Freedom Park, there will be live music from Up The River, a band that brings classic rock and jam rock to the stage. Fireworks wrap up the evening at dusk.

Town of Clifton Park’s July 4th Celebration
WHEN: Starts at noon Monday
WHERE: Clifton Common, 16 Clifton Common Boulevard
WHAT: A parade will start from the Shenendehowa Campus at noon and end at Clifton Common. The rest of the day will be filled with kids and family activities including a craft show. Sirsy and The New York Players will perform and food vendors will be on site. There will be fireworks at dusk.

Saratoga Lake Fireworks Display
WHEN: 9:15 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Browns Beach, 511 NY-9P Saratoga Springs
TICKETS: $5 per car at Brown’s Beach
WHAT: Hosted by the Town of Stillwater, fireworks will kick off between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. Parking at Browns Beach is limited and organizers recommend attendees carpool or ride share.
For more information, contact the Town of Stillwater at 518-664-6148 x206.

Amsterdam’s Independence Day Festival
WHEN: 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Riverlink Park, among other locations
WHAT: A packed day of activities, live music and performances. There will be a bird-watching walk, yoga on the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook and a free plein air painting class during the day. At 5:30 p.m. Amsterdam’s X-Squad Water Ski Show takes place followed by a performance by the Albany Symphony at 7:30 p.m. The evening wraps up with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. For those who can’t make the symphony’s 7:30 p.m. show, the musicians will rehearse from 3-5:30 p.m. For more information visit

Schenectady County Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: 6-9:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1100 Main Street Rotterdam Junction
WHAT: Family-friendly event that includes games and activities, as well as a performance by the band Twenty Ninety-Six. Fireworks will be presented after dark.

Washington County Celebration
WHEN: Starting at 3:30 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Old Schuylerville Road
WHAT: There will be a Corn Hole Tournament and Cow Plop Bingo as well as food trucks. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. For more information visit

Glens Falls Symphony show and fireworks display
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Crandall Park, 598 Glen Street Glens Falls
WHAT: The Glens Falls Symphony presents its ever-popular, family-friendly Summer Pops Concert and Independence Day celebration. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks kick off at dusk.

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