Celebrate the Fourth of July with New York State Arts & Culture!

Independence Day weekend is right around the corner and we’ve highlighted a few events just for you! Experience life at a fort from the Revolutionary War, attend a pops concert featuring American composers and enjoy the symphony under a 4th of July fireworks show. Get your sparklers ready and make the arts a part of your celebrations.

Looking to add even more culture to your calendar? Check out NYSCA’s Summer Guide, featuring must-see arts events from our grantees across New York State!

The Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge hosts hot glass demonstrations along the Erie Canal

Adirondack Theatre Festival Presents “Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat”, July 1

This modern electro-pop musical written by Jonathon Larson Award winner Nikko Benson has been described as “HAMILTON meets TESLA.” A theatrical experience unlike any other turns up the volume on one of the most influential innovators of our time.

7:30pm, Wood Theater, 207 Glen St., Glens Falls, $34-$45

Bard SummerScape 2017, July 1 & 2

New York City Ballet MOVES brings Chopin’s music to life with their vibrant choreography and skill. This program traces the choreographic lineage of the New York City Ballet featuring a select group of principal dancers, soloists, corps de ballet members, and musicians.

Times vary, 60 Manor Ave., Annandale-on-Hudson, $20-$85

Fort Ticonderoga Independence Day Weekend, July 1-4

Fort Ticonderoga invites you to be fully immersed in this four day Independence Day celebration. The weekend will be filled with patriotic music and American history. You can explore the fort on a tour by boat, learn about the importance of shoemaking and tailoring, and even witness a live canon demonstration.

9:30am-5pm, 100 Fort Ti Rd., Ticonderoga, $23

Albany Symphony: Water Music New York, July 2-8

The Albany Symphony performs free concerts along the Erie Canal in seven communities and collaborates with local art groups to debut world premieres by emerging composers.

Various venues, FREE

Richmond County Orchestra Celebrates American Music, July 2

Music by American composers, including Leroy Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, will be featured at this pops concert by RCO.

3pm, 200 Boscombe Ave., Staten Island, FREE

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Presents Olate Dogs, July 2

These America’s Got Talent Season 7 winners headlined The Palazzo in Las Vegas and are now head to Westhampton Beach. The father-son duo and their group of adorable rescued dogs have created a high-energy, fast-paced show of amazing, dog-friendly acrobatics.

3pm, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach, $25-$45

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Independence Eve with the Buffalo Bisons, July 3

The BPO continues the summer tradition with the Buffalo Bisons. At 9pm, following the baseball game against the Syracuse Chiefs, the BPO will perform a patriotic spectacular all leading up to the biggest fireworks display of the Bisons’ season.

6pm, Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo, $26

Glens Falls Symphony Summer Pops Concert, July 3

Patriotic favorites and summertime tunes are the perfect way to bring the celebration weekend to a close. Accompanying the Symphony’s performance will be a wide variety of food and drink vendors. The evening’s grand finale will be a spectacular fireworks show in the park.

7:30pm, Crandall Park, Glens Falls, FREE

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Independence Day Pops Celebration”, July 4

The Chautauqua Institution is a beautiful setting for this 4th of July evening show. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra is led by dynamic conductor Stuart Chafetz featuring the powerful vocals of Capathia Jenkins.

8:00pm, One Ames Ave., Chautauqua, $43

For extended celebrating:

GlassBarge at Seneca Falls Canal Fest, July 7-9

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State, The Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge will deploy an all-female glassblowing team to the Seneca Falls Canal Fest as part of their summer of glass events along the Erie Canal.

5pm to 8pm, Seneca Falls, more information at cmog.org

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