ALBANY, N.Y. – The region’s largest fireworks display will take place at the Empire State Plaza today.
This year is the 38th Annual 4th of July event. The fireworks display will be preceded by live music on the main stage at 4 p.m. by rock-n-roll performer Johnny Rivers. He’ll be playing his hits “Poor Side of Town,” “Summer Rain,” and “Secret Agent Man.” The fireworks display will begin at 9:25 p.m. and is being triggered by an electronic system to make the show more precise. The show should last about 30 minutes.
A big focus on a family-friendly environment is being placed on this year’s festivities. There will be kids’ play areas on both sides of the concourse as well as a Family Fun Zone with pony rides, face painting and bounce rides. The Fun Zone is smoke and alcohol free.
The new rules also state there are to be no coolers, outside alcohol and no glass containers. People can bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol will be served by vendors to adults with proper identification.
Plaza security will enforce its alcohol policy consistent with all other events and all bags and backpacks will be subject to search.
In addition, only Americans with Disabilities Act approved service animals will be allowed.
Free parking is available under the Empire State Plaza, in the East Parking garage located one block east of the Madison Ave. entrance to the plaza and in the Grand St. parking lot north of Madison Ave. These two lots are open all day.
Organizers expect around 25,000 people to turn out for this year's event. The 4th of July festivities are co-sponsored by New York State and Price Chopper.