Who said that Westchesterites need to endure the crowds and commute of trekking to Manhattan for the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks? We’ve got plenty of Independence Day events lined up right here in our own backyards, with perks like food, live music, and of course, fireworks.
Check below for the events nearest you.
White Plains: Entertainment and fireworks, including children’s stage, inflatable rides and food. Free. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. White Plains High School, 550 North St. 914-422-1200.
Ossining: Concert and fireworks. Channel One band. Free. 7 p.m. Louis Engel Waterfront Park, end of Main Street. 914-941-3189.
Rye: Fireworks. Free. Parking: $5. 9:15 p.m. Playland Amusement Park, Playland Parkway (Exit 19 off Interstate 95). 914-813-7000.
Valhalla: Music fest and fireworks. Featuring the Westchester Philharmonic. Entertainment at 6:30 p.m. with the Cal Payne Project; concert at 8 p.m. Free. Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Parkway. 914-864-7275.
Brewster: Music, dancing and fireworks. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Refreshments will be sold. All ages welcome, outdoors, free. Town of Southeast. 140 Pumphouse road. Brewster, NY. (845) 279-3915.
Buchanan: Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Speaker: Mayor Daniel E. O’Neill. Free. 9 a.m. Village Hall, 236 Tate Ave. 914-737-1033.
Cold Spring: Independence Day service. Free. 10 a.m. Mekeel’s Corners Chapel Association, 321 Route 301. 845-265-3902.
Croton-on-Hudson: Independence Day 1806. Reading of the Declaration of Independence, parade, patriotic speeches, songs and military re-enactors. $12, $10 seniors, $6 ages 5-17, free for children younger than 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Van Cortlandt Manor, South Riverside Avenue, off Route 9, Croton Point Avenue exit. 914-271-8981.
Dobbs Ferry: Fishing derby and fireworks. Fishing derby for ages 7-15 from 9 a.m. to noon, flag-raising ceremony at noon, inflatable slide and jumping castle at 1 p.m., music at 2 p.m. with Joe Rooney, and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. Waterfront Park, on the Hudson River. 914-693-2203.
Harrison: Fireworks. Rain date: July 6. Free. 9:30 p.m. Project Home Run Site, Oakland Avenue at Halstead Avenue. 914-670-3009.
Katonah: Independence Day celebration. Reading of the Declaration of Independence and patriotic music on the front lawn. Free. 11 a.m. John Jay Homestead, 400 Route 22. 914-232-5651.
Katonah: Festivities start at 11 a.m. with the Bearcats Jazz Band — musicians with a style rooted in the New Orleans tradition. Following the concert: a tour of the House Museum and an American-as-apple-pie buffet. Reservations. 10:30am arrival. Cost: TBA. The House Museum, at Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah. 914-232-5035, ext. 221, 223.
Kent: Fireworks. Free. 8:30 p.m. Lake Carmel Fire Department, 851 Route 52. 845-225-2067.
Larchmont: Activities planned for kids of all ages, with prizes to be won. Hot dogs for all, and the fire department will open the hose. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Free. Larchmont Parks and Recreation. 120 Larchmont avenue. Larchmont NY. (914) 834-6230
Mamaroneck: Fireworks. Free. 9 p.m. Harbor Island Park, Boston Post Road. 914-777-7754.
Mount Vernon: Independence Day celebration. Music, speeches, refreshments. Free. 10:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave. 914-667-4116.
New Rochelle: July Fourth “Spark the Sound” fireworks. Fireworks can be seen from all waterfront parks including Five Islands and Davenport. Free. 9:30 p.m. Hudson Park, Hudson Park Road. 914-654-2087.
Peekskill: Concert and fireworks. Rain date: July 5. Free. 6 p.m. Riverfront Green Park, Route 9 and Hudson Avenue. 914-736-2000.
Port Chester: July Fourth celebration. Community service and appreciation awards will be presented. Music and dancing. Fireworks will follow. Free. 7:30 p.m. Port Chester High School, 1 Tamarack Road. 914-939-8291.
Rye: Fireworks. Free. Parking: $10. 9:15 p.m. Playland Amusement Park, Playland Parkway (Exit 19 off I-95). 914-813-7000.
Scarsdale: Concert and fireworks. The Westchester Band. Rain date: July 5. $2. 7:30 p.m. Scarsdale Municipal Pool, 311 Mamaroneck Road. 914-722-1292.
Sleepy Hollow: Fireworks. Free. 8 p.m. Former General Motors plant site, Beekman Avenue and River Street. 914-366-5106.
Southeast: Concert and fireworks. DJ Dieter of Sounds Unlimited. Rain date: July 5. Free. 6 p.m. Scolpino Park, Doansburg Road. 845-279-3915.
Tarrytown: Independence Day 1856. Dramatic presentations, speeches, period music and traditional country dancing. $12, $10 seniors, $6 ages 5-17, free for children under 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunnyside, West Sunnyside Lane. 914-631-8200.
Tarrytown: Concert and fireworks. Free. 7 p.m. Pierson Park, next to the Metro-North train station. 914-631-8347.
Yonkers: Fireworks. Free. 8 p.m. Recreation Pier on the Hudson River, foot of Main Street. 914-377-6300.