| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:14

    July 3rd and 4th, Celebrate Independence Day with the 23rd annual Great American Weekend at Church Park. Enjoy antiques, crafts, food, rides, a 10K race, entertainment and historic walking tours. New this year is the "Kid's Korner" which will include games, craft-making, prizes, stories and more. Also for the first time, GAW will feature a 25 foot Rock Climbing Wall. Friday, July 2nd, Begin the weekend with a concert by Tangent at Historic Track at 7 pm. General admission is $10, students and seniors pay $8. On Saturday come to the pre-Bed Race Pasta Dinner which will have food and more from 5-8 p.m. Then join the Bed Races at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Park Place. For more information, please call (845) 294-7741. Highland Falls July 3rd. Come join or watch bed races at 5 p.m., followed by a concert at the gazebo on Main Street. The Banjo Rascals begin their performance at 7 p.m. with the New Horizon Gospel Choir following immediately. July 4th. Start the day with a 5 K race at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Park. Registration for this event is at 7 a.m. Come to the Ed Lewis Field at 9:30 a.m. for a baseball game, or go to Memorial Park at 10 a.m. for Pee Wee races and a decorated bicycle contest. At 2 p.m. all the town churches will simultaneously ring their bells as a symbolic expression of liberty. The parade down Main Street steps off at 3:30 p.m. and ends at Roe Park where activities like face painting and pony riding will be underway. The festivities conclude with fireworks at dusk. For more information, please call (845) 446-4280. Monroe July 4th. Beginning at 4 p.m. the town of Monroe will celebrate independence between the ponds with music and food. The merriment will continue until the fireworks at dusk. For more information, please call (845) 782-8341. Newburgh July 4th. Enjoy foods and crafts at Algonquin Park for Newburgh's Community Day, commencing at 6 p.m. Activities include games and a live concert, followed by fireworks at dark. For more information, please call (845) 564-7815. Vails Gate July 3rd and 4th. Visit both of Vails Gate's historic sites on this exciting occasion. Both share the hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. The New Windsor Cantonment will feature musket and cannon firing and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Knox's Headquarters will have special exhibits on 18th century cooking, tours of the 1754 headquarters building, and cannon firing. For more information, please call The New Windsor Cantonment at (845) 561-5498 and Knox's Headquarters at (845) 561-1765. West Point July 4th. Come listen to the West Point Band's Independence Day performance at 8 p.m. at the Trophy Point Amphitheater. The concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Allow extra time for security checks. For prime seats, recommended arrival time is a couple of hours before the show; however, for other seats, still be sure to come no less than a half hour early. For more information, please call (845) 938-2445.