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New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WHEN: Thursday, July 4th from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Empire State Plaza

COST: Free, but bring money for vendors

BUS: #10, 12, 114

New York State's Fourth of July Celebration | Visit the Empire State Plaza  & New York State Capitol

July 4, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | FREE

Celebrate 25 years of Spirit Trail with
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

New York State’s 4th of July Celebration is recognized as the biggest and best in upstate New York. This event features an exciting program filled with incredible live music by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, a flyover by the 109AW New York Air Guard, great food and beverages, pony rides and a bounce house for the kids, and the best fireworks display in the region!

5:00 p.m. Welcome and Naturalization Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Soul Session
7:15 p.m. Official Program and Military flyover
8:00 p.m. Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
9:15 p.m. (approximately) Fireworks

*Schedule subject to change


Celebrate 25 years of Spirit Trail with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers.
Bruce Hornsby
Image of Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
Based out of Williamsburg, VA, Hornsby first rose to national prominence with “The Way It Is,” his 1986 Grammy-winning debut album with The Range. The title track became the most-played song on American radio in 1987, while Tupac Shakur’s timeless song “Changes” builds on “The Way It Is” and sets the stage for many subsequent versions of the track. In 1991, Hornsby collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, playing on her iconic hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Additionally, Hornsby was a part-time member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, performing over 100 concerts in America and Europe.

The 13-time Grammy nominee, who won the first of his three Grammys in 1987 for Best New Artist with Bruce Hornsby and The Range, has also solidified his status as a highly sought-after collaborator. Hornsby’s albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide. He has appeared on over 100 records, including releases with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Nicks, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Seger, Chaka Khan, Bon Iver, Brandon Flowers, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson, and more. His 23rd album, “’Flicted,” was released in May 2022.


July 4
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm