And the Rockets’ Red Glare, But Where?
Are you ready to rumble? That’s a big part of the appeal of fireworks. More than just a visual display with audio accompaniment, a good fireworks show is a truly visceral experience; you can feel the big blasts – they rattle through your skeleton and make your heart beat harder.
To help ensure that your Independence Day celebration is as much of a blast as you want it to be, we’ve compiled this guide to fireworks displays and other 4th of July festivities throughout the Rural Intelligence region.
Lenox On July 4, Shakespeare & Co. will be hosting a community barbecue beginning at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reading of The Declaration of Independence at 3:00 p.m. with special guest Richard Dreyfuss at the Rose Footprint Theatre.
That evening, Tanglewood will put on its spectacular fireworks display following the James Taylor concert. Fireworks will also follow the BSO’s opening night concert on July 6. If you don’t have a ticket, both displays, can also be seen from Olivia’s Overlook. (Warning: parking is tight.)
North Adams will display fireworks on Wednesday, July 4, immediately following the SteepleCats game at Joe Wolfe Field, 87 Marshall Street.
Otis Reservoir Property Owners Annual Fireworks on the Beach will take place Saturday, July 7, at dusk at the Tolland State Forest Beach; rain date Saturday, July 14.
Pittsfield’s famous 4th of July parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. rain or shine in downtown Pittsfield.
Williamstown’s Annual Independence Day Parade steps off from Spring Street at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, and culminates at about 1:30 p.m. with a barbecue and reading of the Declaration of Independence by Heather Lind and Finn Wittrock in front of the Williams College Museum of Art, followed by a reading of the British reply by comedian Lewis Black.
Germantown From 2 - 10 p.m. on July 4, Clermont State Historic Site will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Independence Day on 1 Clermont Ave. Enjoy 18th century entertainment and food and a clear vantage point of the Saugerties fireworks display across the Hudson River. $10 per car.
Kinderhook The annual People’s Day Parade will be held at the Rothermel Ball Park on Route 9 starting at 11 a.m. on July 4, followed by a guest speaker and the reading of the Declaration of Indepence at noon at the village square.
Lebanon On Saturday, June 30, Berkshire Bank & Armory Garage will present their Independence Day fireworks display at the Lebanon Valley Speedway after the races.
Amenia Starting Wednesday July 4, the Amenia Fire Department will be hosting a carnival on Mechanics Street which ends with a firework display. July 4 - 7.
Millbrook The Annual Fireman’s Carnival takes place July 11-14, culminating in Dutchess County’s largest parade at 6 p.m. on the 14th.
Poughkeepsie On Wednesday, July 4, fireworks will be set off in the middle of the Hudson River at dusk, about 9 - 9:20 p.m. View from Waryas Park and the Walkway Over the Hudson ($10 ticket required; Walkway opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Rhinecliff Head to the Rhinecliff Dock to see the Kingston fireworks celebration across the river, which will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m.
Canaan On Saturday, July 21, fireworks will be displayed at 9 p.m. at Lawrence Field.
Lime Rock’s famous fireworks display will be held Saturday, June 30, beginning around 9 p.m. hosted by Lime Rock Park and Salisbury Rotary. There will be blender bar with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a bounce house for kids, and dancing troupes; all concessions and cafes will be open. Infield & Outfield Gates open at 6 p.m. The rain date is the following day, Sunday, July 1. $15 per car.
Litchfield On Wednesday, July 4, The Litchfield Historical Society will be sponsoring a Turn of the Century Fest and Pet Parade at 2:30 p.m., welcoming pet owners and their pets (caged, if feathered, or leashed, if furry) to march in the streets in celebration of America’s independence. At the end of the parade route, there will be a turn-of-the-century-themed party, complete with sack races, tugs-of-war, seed-spitting competitions, and an ice cream social.
New Milford Fireworks will be displayed on Saturday, July 7, at Fort Hill Still Meadow Park beginning at dusk.
Washington The grounds of the Shepaug Valley Middle/High School will open at 3 p.m. on July 4 for family picnics. Fireworks begin at dusk.