Ulster County Lights up 4th of July and Summer Event Season

It’s no exaggeration to call Ulster County a perfect destination for summer fans of all ages. The year’s warmest months light up with activity that is mesmerizing and memorable—from kayak tours to 4th of July fireworks, art festivals to glamping, the Hudson Valley buzzes with summer magic worth seeking out.

For an unforgettable 4th weekend, check out luxury outdoor lodging like Glamping at Woodstock or an Airstream trailer at AutoCamp Catskills. Wherever you pitch (or park) camp, you can easily enjoy any of six local parades, parties and fireworks displays from Friday to Monday, all open to the public. Alongside holiday events, the region buzzes with creativity as Ulster County’s communities stage more than seven different art-focused festivals or events between May and August. Of course, we don’t overlook food and drink in summer celebrations—see below for details about the blueberry festival.

Warm days can also be tranquil escapes into nature; this is the ideal time for a kayak tour, paddleboard, canoe or boat rental to explore beautiful waterways and fishing spots. Escape the hot sun by roaming forested trails to find gorgeous waterfalls or cliff vistas, and for those needing less physical exertion, Rail Explorers and the Catskill Mountain Railroad offer 1 -2 hour rides along similar paths. 

Listed below are just a taste of the full event calendar. Check it out and start planning your stay.

4th of July Weekend in Ulster County


Firework Extravaganza @ Accord Speedway

299 Whitfield Road, Accord
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Highland Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Town Park
Vendors, food – 6PM
Fireworks – Dusk


Ellenville Wawarsing 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Joseph Y. Resnick Airport
Parade – 12PM, Fireworks – 9:30PM



Kingston Waterfront Fireworks, sponsored by Ole Savannah and O'Connor & Partners PLC.

For latest updates visit Facebook.com/olesavannah


Catskill Mountain Railroad Catskill Flyer – 11AM, 1PM, 3PM

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Phoenicia / Town of Shandaken 4th of July Parade

Main Street, Phoenicia
Parade – 11AM
Rail Explorers running rail bikes at standard times.
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Saugerties 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Catine Field
Parade – 11AM, Fireworks – Dusk


Reis Group & Catskill Mountain Moonshine 4th of July Party

Reis Group backlot – following parade, live music, baked goods, smoked foods, artists, crafters, woodworkers, raffle basket to support the Boys and Girls Club.


Walkway Over the Hudson Fireworks Over the Hudson

Bridge open – 4:30PM, Fireworks – 9:30PM


Modena Red, White & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza

Thomas Felton Park
Fireworks – 5PM