Spectators enjoy Kingston’s Independence Day fireworks on Monday night, July 4, 2022. Launched from a barge on Rondout Creek, the show is sponsored by Ole Savannah Restaurant and O’Connor & Partners. (Photo by John Becktold)
KINGSTON, N.Y. — The city’s Fourth of July celebrations are returning to pre-firework entertainment this year.
Pop/dance cover group The Bill’s Toupee Band will perform pre-firework entertainment on the City Stage at TR Gallo Park, Mayor Steve Noble said.
Sponsored by O’Connor & Partners and Ole Savannah, the fireworks will take off from a barge on Rondout Creek after dark around 9pm, visible from TR Gallo Park. The band is sponsored by the law firm Mainetti & Mainetti.
“I encourage everyone to support our waterfront businesses and to head downtown early to enjoy our great restaurants and shop at our wonderful local businesses,” Noble said in a statement. “I also want to remind everyone that parking spaces will be closed. Very limited, so please walk, bike, carpool or take a shuttle if you can.”
Ulster County Regional Transit will provide a free shuttle service with regular pickup from Kingston Plaza (adjacent to Westbrook Lane Stadium), Cornell Street Parking Lot (next to Little Italy’s Thomas Street Parking Lot) and along Broadway At the Governor Clinton Building, Andy Murphy Center, and Yossman Building, get off at Garraghan Drive. There will also be an ongoing shuttle service to the Kingston Point Beach car park.Bus pick-ups will start at 5pm and the last bus will leave Rondout at 11:30pm
In 2022, the city’s National Day celebrations will be without pre-fireworks entertainment. Noble said at the time that now was not the right time to ask for corporate sponsorship. The city canceled National Day events in 2021 and 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
O’Connor & Partners is a personal injury law firm with offices in Kingston, Saugerties, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Albany, representing injured individuals in New York State and across the country. Ole Savannah is an American restaurant on Kingston’s west coast, run by Dave Amato. Mainetti & Mainetti is a personal injury law firm with offices in the Hudson Valley dedicated to helping injured individuals locally and nationally.
“We are proud to once again be entertaining the 4th of July celebrations on the Kingston Strand. It will be a great evening of live music and fireworks for our community to enjoy this historic day,” Alexander E. Menetti said in a statement.
“The fireworks display is one of the highlights of the year for us because it brings the community together in a very special way,” Amato said in a statement.
“We look forward to celebrating the nation’s Declaration of Independence with the entire community,” O’Connor said.