The July 4th holiday is our National Independence Day. It is a day Americans celebrate with pride, pomp and circumstance. Did you know that two of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War were fought in Westchester? Our county saw more fighting and battle than any other location in the country. It was our county’s two battles, The Battle of White Plains, and the Battle of Pell’s Point (also known as the Battel of Pelham) that were a few of the turning points for General George Washington and his army.
Every year, most of us celebrate this unofficial start to summer with a combination of family, friends, food and fireworks. But this year, we have some suggestions that will supplement these “Fab Four activities”. Here is our eclectic mix of ideas for your holiday weekend. Whether you are a fireworks fanatic, history buff or musical maven, we’ve got you covered!
- July 3, 2011 – 6pm – 10pm: Kensico Dam Music Fest, Music and Fireworks. Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla
- July 3, 2011 and July 4, 2011 – 9:30pm: Fireworks on the Rye Playland Pier, Rye Playland, Rye.
- July 4, 2011 – 9pm: The GRUCCI BROTHERS present “Spark the Sound” – fireworks and music at Five Islands Park, New Rochelle
- July 4, 2011 – 9pm: The GRUCCI BROTHERS present “Independence Day by Grucci, at Portchester High School, Portchester.
- June 30, 2011 – 6-10pm: The city of White Plains presents its Independence Day Celebration with entertainment, food and fireworks! White Plains High School, North Street, White Plains.
- July 4, 2011 – 9pm: Fireworks at Mamaroneck Harbor, Harbor Island, Mamaroneck.
- July 4, 2011 – Dusk – the Village of Dobbs Ferry Fireworks – Dobbs Ferry Waterfront
- July 4, 2011 – Dusk – Tarrytown/Sleep Hollow Fireworks – fireworks will be shot off at the General Motors site, and viewing is available in Pierson Park and along the RiverWalk Park.
CELEBRATE WITH THEATRE!
- For the whimsically inclined, there will be two showings of “Seussical: The Musical” on July 3, 2011. There will be a noon performance and also a 5pm performance of this fun family event at the Westchester Broadway Dinner Theater located in Elmsford.
- If you are a fan of the Bard, head on up to Boscobel in Garrison, where you can take in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The Comedy of Errors”. The show begins at 6pm.
GET THE MUSIC IN YOU!
1. If you are a rock-n-roller, you will want to check out two great shows at the Tarrytown Music Hall. On June 29, 2011, catch Nils Lofgren and his guitar at this Tarrytown venue at 8pm. You have heard Lofgren on studio cuts and on tour with Neil Young, and he has been an integral part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1984. Following up Lofgren, on July 1, 2011 is Todd Rundgren. Not to be missed, Rundgren will be appearing at 8pm, playing some of his most famous, and infamous progressive rock hits.
2. July 2, 2011 marks the American Roots Music Festival, held at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, in Katonah. This will be a full day of music spanning the spectrum of American music, including folk, bluegrass, country, blues, gospel, jazz, string band, and more. Featured artists will be The Sweetback Sisters, Brother Sun, Ollabelle, James Maddock and more. For more information on this festival, including ticket sales, visit www.caramoor.org.
3. Also at Caramoor in Katonah, take in “Pops, Patriots and Fireworks” at 8pm, on July 3, 2011. Again, for more information, you can visit the Caramoor website at www.caramoor.org.
If you are single…and like Italian…
Ok, here is an interesting event. If you are single, La Piccola Casa, an Italian restaurant on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck, is hosting a July 4 event at 6pm, called “Fun and Fireworks Singles Dinner”. Dinner is followed by a viewing of the Fireworks Display at Harbor Park in Mamaroneck. You can watch from the restaurant or mosey down to the Park. Hey, you never know what might spark! For more info, visit www.singlegourmet-metrony.com.
TO MARKET, TO MARKET!
- For two great events, on July 3, 2011, get yourself to Muscoot Farm in Somers. From 10am to 3pm, you can experience the Muscoot Farmer’s Market – the best in produce, homemade and handmade in Westchester. Following that up, from 1-3 pm at Muscoot, you can enjoy an “Old-Fashioned 4th of July”. This special Independence Day celebration will feature games for all ages, and ice-cream making! Mmm, what could be better?
- Also in Northern Westchester, on July 4, 2011, check out the 21st Annual Outdoor Antiques and Famers’ Market. This event starts at 10am and runs until 5pm, and barbecue lunch will be available. This event is located at the Scotts Corners Farm Market in Pound Ridge.
FIFE, DRUM, MUSKET!
There will be many historic celebrations going on throughout Westchester County to commemorate our Independence from British Rule. Here is a smattering of what you will find:
- July 4, 2011 – 10:30am: Independence Day Celebration, St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon.
- July 4, 2011 – 11am-3pm: “Independence Day 1851” – celebrated at Sunnyside, the historic home of Washington Irving, located in Tarrytown.
- July 4, 2011 – 11am – 4pm: the July 4th Jamboree! – to be celebrated at the John Jay Homestead, located in Katonah.
AHOY, ME HEARTIES!!
For those of you who are looking for something really different, and really fun, check out a new event this year. Brought to you by the same minds that created the “Horseman’s Hollow” event at Philipsburg Manor, on July 2, 2011 – July 4, 2011, experience, “Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow”. This event is perfect for the entire family, so swashbuckle on over! It will be held on the grounds of the historic Philipsburg Manor, located on Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow. While loud pirates jump ship and engage in a siege of Sleepy Hollow, you can learn to sword fight, view a museum of oddities, take a lesson in fluent “pirate-speak”, score some booty from vendors, and sample great food from locals. Ye can even enjoy a pint o’ brew from the Captain Lawrence Brewery of Pleasantville. If you dare, take a sensory trip down to Davey Jones’ Locker!! For more information, and advance ticket purchase, visit www.hudsonvalley.org. Arrrrr!