Summer sets Ulster County Abuzz with Fun Activities

Summer is a time to take your thoughts, energy and loved ones outside to enjoy the timeless pleasures of a lively season. If picking ripe berries or wildflowers in a mountain meadow sounds unrealistic, it’s no exaggeration – it’s every summer in Ulster County (see below for information on the blueberry festival).

This bucolic haven for camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and agritourism is the perfect 4th of July destination for any couple, family, or group looking for a “classic Americana” holiday worthy of their most beloved photo album. As you’ll see below, Ulster County is marking July 4th weekend with a full schedule of fun free events and plenty of fireworks.

Holidays are a great time to visit, but don’t forget the area buzzes with arts, culture and fun all season. Vocalists, musicians, actors, painters, sculptors and cinephiles of all ages take their hard work and passion to the streets and audiences of Ulster County, as the local communities stage more than seven different art-focused festivals or events between May and August.

Events, holidays, and fireworks aside, the Hudson Valley’s natural beauty and wildlife are on full display throughout the summer. This is the ideal time for exploring the beautiful waterways and river itself on a kayak tour, paddleboard, canoe or rental boat. Warm weather is also the prime time for roaming forest 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.

Summer Festivals & Camps to Note

Family around a camp fire

2022 Family Camp at Ashokan

Sunday, July 31 - Thursday, August 4

Ashokan Family Camp is a laid-back, cross-generational escape into nature, music, arts, crafts and interactive fun & games. This three-day, four-night experience brings campers of any age together to “leave the screens, to-do lists, and household chores behind” and enjoy instrumental workshops and jamming, wildlife exploration/canoeing, drumming, dance and movement games, art projects, storytelling, songwriting and campfire singalongs. All activities are optional and are led by a warm and welcoming staff. Camp tuition includes all meals (Sunday dinner through Thursday breakfast). Select from free camping or one of the Ashokan Center’s comfortable on-site lodging options (additional fees apply).

Register now


crowd at past Festival of the Voice

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7

2022 promises to be a spectacular year for the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. NYC Teatro Grattacielo kicks off the weekend with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on Friday. On Saturday, August 6th the New York City Opera Company will present Verdi’s “La Traviata”, with City Opera Music Director Maestro Constantine Orbelian at the helm. Finally, Sunday, August 7th, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, together with the Woodstock Film Festival, will present “Hollywood in the Hills, Opera in the Movies”. Featuring a full orchestra, chorus, and soloists, this concert will be performed alongside projected vignettes of films which were enhanced by opera’s incredible drama. “Philadelphia” ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘The Rabbit of Seville’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’ are just a few of the opera/movie combos to which you will be treated.

Get your weekend pass


Arial view of festival tents on crowded street

Ellenville Blueberry Festival

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Canal Street & Liberty Square, Ellenville, NY

9 am-4 pm • Rain or Shine

Join artisans, food vendors, nonprofits, and blueberry lovers at the annual Blueberry Festival with the Ellenville Warwarsing Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free, festival will go on rain or shine. Please no pets or animals at the festival except service animals. Now accepting vendor and booth applications.

Learn more or register/apply for a booth


4th of July Weekend in Ulster County

Friday, July 1

Firework Extravaganza @ Accord Speedway


Saturday, July 2

Highland Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Town Park
Vendors, food - 6PM  |  Fireworks - Dusk


Monday, July 4

Ellenville Wawarsing 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Joseph Y. Resnick Airport
Parade - 12PM  |  Fireworks - 9:30PM

Kingston, Catskill Mountain Railroad Catskill Flyer

11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Learn More

Phoenicia/Town of Shandaken 4th of July Parade

Main Street, Phoenicia
Parade - 11AM
Rail Explorers running rail bikes at standard times
Learn More

Saugerties 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Catine Field
Parade - 11AM  |  Fireworks - Dusk
Learn More

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
Learn More


Saturday, July 9

Modena Red, White & Blue Fireworks Extravaganza

Thomas Felton Park
Fireworks - 5PM


As you plan your summer vacation, be sure to stay apprised of weather conditions and always double-check hours and availability of businesses.
Find more inspiration for your Ulster County getaway here.