Celebrate July 4th in New York's Capital City
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May 2015

May 2015

Albany's Historic Celebrations of Independence
Celebrate July 4th in New York's Capital City

Albany, NY – We're starting off the month of July with a huge historical pyrotechnic celebration in the heart of the city with New York State's Fourth of July Celebration! Starting at 3:00 pm the events will kick off with a performance from Southside Johnny & the Ashbury Jukes, who have been recording since 1976 and seen a wide range of musicians hold the title of ‘Juke’ including Jon Bon Jovi, who toured with the band during the 90’s. The band is led by John Lyon, better known as Southside Johnny, who many consider to be the Grandfather of the New Jersey Sound.

In addition to the live music, there will be a wide variety of fun activities including locally acclaimed food vendors, music artists, games and activities for children such as pony rides, face painting, and more. The celebration comes to an expl
osive conclusion with the biggest fireworks celebration in the Capital Region at 9:00 pm. Click here for an itinerary of the 4th of July celebration.
Albany's Historic Homes- Following the big celebration, take the weekend to look into and explore the historically rich homes located in Albany County. These homes hold the stories of many pivotal men and women who played large roles in gaining our independence, and are must see for history buffs and celebrators alike.

Schuyler Mansion, built on a bluff overlooking Hudson River, was occupied by Philip J. Schuyler, a Revolutionary War General, U.S. Senator, and business entrepreneur, along with his wife Catharine Van Rennselaer and their eight children. From 1763-1804, the mansion plotted on an 80 acre land and was a site for military strategics, political hobnobbing, and elegant social affairs.

Ten Broeck Mansion, resided by General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife Elizabeth Van Rennselaer, is a federal-style house with sloping lawns and formal gardens overlooking the hudson river, giving a view of the main trade route and its daily traffic of barges and schooners. The mansion was built in 1798, after Abraham served as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and as a brigadier general of the New York Militia at the famous battle of Saratoga. 

Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York family. Cherry Hill was built in 1787 by Philip Van Rensselaer for his wife Maria. Philip played an integral role to the fight for independence, providing supplies and much needed armaments to the colonies. Historic Cherry Hill's extensive and intact collection includes more than 70,000 items-decorative arts and furnishings, books, diaries, documents, clothing, bedding, photographs, and other objects reflecting daily life-all related to the family that lived here between 1787 and 1963. The landmark is currently undergoing renovation, but restoration tours are being offered. More information is available on their website here.

Knickerbocker Mansion, constructed by Johannes Knickerbacker III in 1780, has almost been completely restored to it’s former grandeur. The mansion will be having a Summer Festival the weekend of July 18th with re-enactors, as well as mansion and cemetery tours on site. More information on that Summer Festival can be found on their events schedule

Pruyn House, built in 1830, features a blend of federal and Greek revival architecture, as well as the Crailo State Historic Site which tells a story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the seventeenth-century colony of New Netherland.

Discover more about Albany's historic homes here.

Summer in Albany- be sure not to miss out on this summer's Alive at 5 concert offerings, starting June 11th! This year we are hosting J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Atlas Genius, with many other spectacular locally and nationally acclaimed bands performing every Thursday.  Each venue will offer an assortment of food vendors and ice cold beer, as well as cotton candy and lemonade for the children along Albany's beautiful waterfront.

For more summer events and activities visit our Calender of Events.

About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.
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Schuyler Bull, Director of Marketing
Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 518-434-1217 x 203