BY CAROLYN JOHNSON
If you are looking for fun things to do in Rockland County this Fourth of July, here are a few local ideas: firework shows and Independence Day festivities.
Pearl River: July 4, 9:30 p.m. on Central Avenue Field
This popular celebration features entertainment for all ages, including rides for small children that open at 4 p.m. and a DJ at 5 p.m. The Rockland County Concert Band will play from 6 p.m. until the start of fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Nyack: July 4, 9 p.m. at Memorial Park
Enjoy the annual Fourth of July fireworks display on the Hudson River
West Nyack: there are two festivities worth mentioning, though they don’t include fireworks.
July 4, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Palisades Fair (1000 Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack). Visitors enjoy musical entertainment from across the country, state fair amusement rides including the Giant Wheel, Wave Swinger, Fireball and Super Loops, a petting zoo and traditional fair food.
Nanuet: July 3, 8 p.m. at Nanuet Senior High School
There will be music by The Sixties Show, a ’60s musical tribute band. Children will have a ball playing in inflatable bouncers. The Rockland County Radio Control Club is hosting a flying demonstration, as well.
Haverstraw: CHANGED TO JULY 5, 9:30 p.m. Originally scheduled for July 3, 9:30 p.m. at Bowline Point Park (Rain date: July 4)
West Haverstraw: fireworks are July 3 at Helen Hayes Hospital on Rte 9W in West Haverstraw. This is for viewing the Haverstraw fireworks and the Croton fireworks — visible from across the Hudson River. The official start time for festivities is 7 p.m., but people stake out a good spot as early as 4:30 p.m.
There will be food, face painting, music, inflatable balloon “jump-a-ramas,” a petting zoo and fireworks. Expect a $5 donation for parking and please leave your beer and cigarettes at home.
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