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Fireworks Over The Hudson

Fireworks Over The Hudson

I’ll admit it. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year. For me it is the official beginning of summer. As a kid growing up in Dobbs Ferry, it was always de rigueur to go down to Waterfront Park, just as it was getting dark, to watch the fireworks. The acoustics of that park are somewhat unique in that when the “bombs are bursting in air” it echoes throughout the steep hills of the village, perhaps off the High Street retaining walls and it sounded like all the metal garbage cans that everybody used to have, were rolling down Main Street all at the same time. We don’t seem to have too many metal cans anymore, but the sounds remain the same. It’s great and aside from the Ferry Festa which also introduces non-residents to Dobbs Ferry, it is a wonderful coming together of the entire village all in one place, for perhaps the only time during the year.
I was always a little envious though, of all the boats bobbing out on the Hudson, watching the fireworks from their own private viewing platforms, with their twinkling green and red navigation lights and their clinking wine glasses. Where did they all come from and where do they all go? Now, every year, some 40 years later, while others escape to the supposedly more glamorous Hamptons or the certainly more rustic Adirondacks for July 4th, you will always find me bobbing out on my own private, floating, viewing platform, enjoying the spectacle of my own village, with all the other dedicated lovers of Dobbs Ferry, to celebrate the birth of this nation and the coming, relaxing times of summer.
A brief rundown of some of the other great fireworks celebrations in the Rivertowns is as follows: To my knowledge, only Irvington actually requires residency passes to view fireworks from its parks; an always odd rule for such an important national holiday, celebrating freedom.
For more information on any 4th of July evening events, contact your local village police department.

Dobbs Ferry: Waterfront Park at dusk. Village Police 914-693-5500

Irvington: Matthiessen Park at dusk. Village Police 914-591-8080

Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown: Scenic Hudson RiverWalk Park and Sleepy Hollow along the riverfront at dusk. Village Police 914-631-5544 or 914-631-0800

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