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This article has been updated to reflect dates and times for 2015
Watermelon has been sliced, popsicles are chilling in the freezer, towels are tucked underhand, and sunscreen has been slathered on every inch of exposed skin; the Fourth of July is upon us, and it is time to choose where to celebrate.
You have likely spent the day by the handy barbeque, cooking up corn and chicken in the backyard. Maybe the bathing suits have been released from the confines of their drawers and have made a break for the pool.
As the sun sets, however, thoughts of booming firework shows and children dancing with sparklers will be at the forefront of your mind. So douse yourself in some bug spray and head on over to any of these locations in Westchester County where you can enjoy the most exciting part of Independence Day.
Caramoor’s Pops, Patriots and Fireworks in Katonah
If a classier evening is your cup of tea—perhaps best suited for couples and lovers of the arts—make your way to Katonah for an event hosted by the Caramoor estate. Enjoy an evening of classical music and fireworks beginning at 8 pm. The program will open with a concert by the Westchester Symphonic Winds, conducted by Curt Ebersole and Broadyway’s Ryan Silvernman. Fireworks will follow. Tickets are sold online or via phone; seating is assigned.
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
(914) 232-5035; caramoor.org/events/westchester-symphonic-winds-ryan-silverman/
Village of Mamaroneck Fireworks Display at Harbor Island Park
Start off your Fourth of July at Mamaroneck’s firework celebration. Taking place at Harbor Island Park, a daylong firemen’s carnival will kick off the event at 4 pm. There will be a plethora of rides and food stands to choose from, and The Saint Thomas Orchestra will set the mood with patriotic melodies at 8 pm. The annual firework show will start at 9:30, with the Long Island Sound serving as the perfect backdrop for it all. Arrive early for prime parking.
123 Mamaroneck Ave
(914) 777-7784; village.mamaroneck.ny.us
Peekskill Fourth of July Festivities
Head over to the Hudson River waterfront area in Peekskill for their all-day Fourth of July celebrations. Beginning with a parade from 10 am to 12:30 pm, the festivities continue on into the evening with a performance by Lost Soulz at 7 pm. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 pm. Parking is free but limited, so arrive early or take Metro-North to the Peekskill station to avoid the mass exodus when the fireworks conclude.
Riverfront Green Park
(914) 737-3400; cityofpeekskill.com
Special Holiday Fireworks Show at Rye Playland Park
Rye Playland hosts firework shows every Wednesday and Friday evenings during the months of July and August. Take advantage of the Park’s special holiday edition of their show on the evening of the Fourth of July at the Pier. Boasting a spectacular show with synchronized music, it is surely not something you want to miss. Parking is on special price for the event at $10 per car. Visiting the Park is free if you decide to forgo the rides. Want to make a whole day of it instead and enjoy some rollercoasters before your fireworks? Check out their ticket listings online.
100 Playland Pkwy
(914) 813-7010; ryeplayland.org
Ossining Fireworks (Moved to July 2 at 9 pm due to inclement weather)
Also located on the Hudson River waterfront, Ossining’s Fourth of July Celebration takes place the evening before, on Thursday, July 2. The event will include a concert, beginning at 7:30 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:00 pm. Parking is very limited around the waterfront itself, and Downtown Ossining will provide most of the spaces, so come early to ensure a spot. Enjoy dinner or ice cream at the festivities from the various food vendors, or venture to the surrounding Ossining Downtown area and Main Street for a quick bite with the family before the show.
(914) 941-3189; villageofossining.org