Independence Day fireworks returning to Empire State Plaza


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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that Independence Day fireworks and events are returning to the Empire State Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 4. The festivities will also include a pop-up vaccination site running from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Last year many of our favorite annual events were canceled due to COVID, including the iconic Fourth of July fireworks displays at Jones Beach and Empire State Plaza,” Cuomo said in a written statement. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of New Yorkers in beating back the virus, we are able to enjoy these summer traditions once again. I encourage all New Yorkers to gather with their loved ones this Independence Day for these spectacular shows that celebrate our freedom as a nation, as well as the perseverance we have shown as a state throughout this pandemic.”

At the Empire State Plaza, New York State’s 45th Independence Day celebration will feature musical performances from local favorites and a variety of foods and tasty New York beverages. The live performances will lead up to fireworks at around 9:15 p.m. by Santore’s World Famous Fireworks in Schaghticoke.

“There’s no better way for residents and visitors alike to kick-off America’s birthday than by celebrating with fireworks at one of our more iconic State Parks,” said Erik Kullesei, State Parks Commissioner.Thanks to the grit and perseverance of New Yorkers over the past year, traditions such as these can again be enjoyed by New York families this year.”

Free parking will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. in the visitor and “P” lots under the Empire State Plaza, and the Grand Street and Elk Street lots.

People can start registering for the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site also located on the Plaza. Walk-in appointments start at 5:30 p.m., and the site will be until 8 p.m. while supplies last.

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