E very holiday has its tradition.
Halloween has trick or treating, Easter has egg hunts, Memorial Day has parades and remembrance ceremonies. But the most raucous, and perhaps the most stunning tradition—fireworks—are reserved for Independence Day.
Fireworks have become synonymous with the Fourth of July and for many the holiday isn’t complete without seeing the sky lit up in brilliant hues of orange, red, yellow, green and blue.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of opportunities to view some fireworks locally. Below is a roundup of fireworks displays that will light up area skies.
The community of Granville will get a jump start on the holiday and will have a fireworks display on Thursday, July 3. The display will be launched at the Little League complex, although the show will be visible from many areas in the village.
The display will begin between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. and will be dubbed to music. A performance by Grand Central Station and a Strawberry Social will precede the display from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
In Salem, the fire department’s annual three-day carnival comes to a close with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at the carnival grounds on Archibald Street. A Redneck Parade and traditional carnival attractions will keep revelers entertained prior to the show.
The 27th annual Summer Jam, sponsored by WCKM and scheduled to be held July 3 at East Field in Glens Falls, will celebrate the sounds one of the music industry’s most iconic groups, the Beatles. And while the music takes top billing, the evening reaches its crescendo with a lively fireworks display. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show follows. Admission is free.
One of the area’s best firework displays will occur above the waters of Lake George. The display will be held at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Shepard Park on Canada Street.
The Greenwich Elks Club will celebrate Independence Day 24 hours after the actual holiday. Besides food, softball and kids’ activities, the day’s festivities will include a fireworks display between 9 and 10 p.m. on July 5 at the Elks Lodge on Route 40S in Greenwich.
One of the largest fireworks displays will be held in Ticonderoga as part of the “Best 4th in the North” celebration. The celebration spans five days and the fireworks display will be held around 9:45 p.m. on July 4 in Ticonderoga Bicentennial Park.
The community of Poultney will celebrate Independence Day with a variety of activities on July 4. There will be a 5K run and parade during the day, as well as a softball game. But it’s the community’s fireworks display that people most look forward to and this year’s show will begin after sunset.
The Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce will presents its Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at the Vermont State Fairgrounds at 9:45 p.m. The display has been voted “Best Fireworks in the Region” on three occasions.