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Rivertowns Fireworks: Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Tarrytown

Rivertowns Fireworks
With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, in the Rivertowns of Westchester County NY, here is a quick rundown on what shows can be expected:

Dobbs Ferry will be hosting its fireworks display on July 4th at dark, probably in the vicinity of 9:00 PM. The display will be shot off from the north end of Waterfront Park on the Hudson River. Parking permits are required to park in Waterfront Lot, but those permits must be purchased in advance at village hall. Other than parking, this event is open to the general public. Prior to the show the village is also sponsoring the Thomas Cullen Picnic starting at 3:00 PM, also on the waterfront, parking permits required as well. Entertainment by Joe Rooney. A great way to enjoy a dinner and fireworks show might be at one of the waterfront patios at The Half Moon Restaurant.

The village of Irvington will be having its fireworks show at dark as well, from the north end of Matthiessen Park on the Hudson. This event is limited to Irvington residents for those wishing to enter the park and park passes are required. Parking is never guaranteed for this event, so the best bet might be to park in the village ahead of time and partake in one of the many fine Irvington restaurants for dinner before walking down to the show. Excellent viewing most likely can be also had from Red Hat Restaurant on the Hudson.

The Village of Tarrytown in cooperation with the Village of Sleepy Hollow will have its July 4th fireworks shot off at the General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow. The rain date will be July 5. Pierson Park remains under construction and will not be available to the public as a public viewing area. Scenic Hudson RiverWalk Park will be open, as well as Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The Hudson Harbor property, located just east of the RiverWalk Park and north of West Main Street is not available to the general public for viewing the fireworks. All of the commuter parking lots will be open and available to the public, including the West Main Street commuter parking lot. West Main Street will be closed just west of the West Main Street parking lot. If you can time your reservations correctly, a great viewing spot might be the 2nd floor deck of the Moon River Grill in Sleepy Hollow, overlooking the General Motors property.

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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