Festival Fever: New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration


Price Chopper has presented the New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration since our country’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. The annual celebration has become a holiday tradition featuring live music and fun for the whole family including the biggest fireworks show in Nippertown.

Each year, more than 30,000 people gather at Albany’s Empire State Plaza to enjoy the day, which includes a naturalization ceremony, dozens of food and craft vendors, activities for kids and an evening of live entertainment leading up to the big pyrotechnics show. And, of course, admission is free.

Felix Cavaliere earned his place in music history as the keyboard player and vocalist for the ’60s pop/rock sensation, the Rascals. From 1965 through 1969, the band was one of the biggest groups in the country, with a string of hits including the Felix-sung “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free.” The reunited Rascals played the Palace Theatre late last year, but then broke up again. Now Cavaliere leads his own band into Albany for the free holiday bash.

Hailing from the streets of Memphis, soul music flows through Gedeon Luke’s veins in rainbow colored hues. Gedeon and his band the People are here to crash through the boundaries of music and society, to bring Love, Peace and Soul to the world. And if you saw him on the Plaza with the Daley Brothers last August opening for Blues Traveler, then you know that Luke is the man for the job.

Here’s the full schedule of events for the big July 4 Celebration at the Empire State Plaza:

3pm: Welcome & Naturalization Ceremony
3:35pm: Black Rock Zydeco
4:45pm: The North and South Dakotas
6pm: Gedeon Luke & the People
7:15pm: New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration Official Program
7:45pm: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
9:15pm: Fireworks

3pm: Zydeco
4:15pm: The Nellies
5:30pm: Diva & the Dirty Boys


Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, 7/4/14
The Hudson Project @ Winston Farm Saugerties, 7/11-13/14
WGNA’s CountryFest 2014 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/12/14
Bang On a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 7/16-8/2/14
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/17-20/14
Festival of Contemporary Music @ Tanglewood, Lenox, 7/17-21/14
Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, Troy, 8/15&16/14
Basilica Soundscape @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 9/12-13/14
Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 9/13-14/14, FREE
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/19-21/14

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