The Dutchess County Government, in partnership with the Hudson Valley Renegades, Silo Ridge Field Club, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley, has announced that it will host Dutchess County Goes Renegade. Three free, socially distant fireworks displays around the County, open to all residents on Saturday, July 4th.
County Executive Marc Molinaro said in a statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed us all of so much, but nothing will stop Dutchess County from honoring the birth of our nation. Our residents deserve the chance to celebrate this most American of holidays – even as we remain safely and socially distant – and our County is proud to collaborate with our community partners to present a patriotic observance worthy of our country, as we strive every day to fulfill the radical undeniable truth, that all are created equal endowed with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I urge residents to join Dutchess County and honor those first renegades who battled tyranny and founded our beloved United States, all while we savor a nighttime spectacle that will light up the sky!”
Residents are encouraged to celebrate Independence Day by enjoying one of the three drive-in displays, which will begin promptly at 9:30 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium in Wappinger, NY, The Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY, and the Silo Ridge Field Club Equestrian Center (Keane Stud) in Amenia, NY.
iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley will host live remotes from each of the sites, broadcasting on several of its stations, and will synchronize patriotic music to the fireworks. Gates will open to vehicles at each location at 7:30 p.m and vehicles will be properly spaced to conform to social distancing. Residents are encouraged to arrive early at the venue of their choice to ensure a spot. Dutchess County Goes Renegade is a carry-in/carry-out event, and residents are encouraged to bring their own snacks; alcohol will not be permitted at any of the venues. Restroom facilities will not be available at the sites. “We thank our venue and media partners for helping us provide an evening of patriotic fun for the entire family,” County Executive Molinaro said. “Despite the difficult times we’ve endured these last few months, our sense of community has never shone more brightly, and Dutchess County Goes Renegade will be our latest collaboration as we continue restarting Dutchess and moving forward, together.”
Parking is limited at Keane Stud, 217 Depot Hill Road, Amenia (300 vehicles)
Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappinger (500)
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck (3,000)