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New York State's 4th of July Celebration presented by Price Chopper and Market 32 at the Empire State Plaza

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crowd at empire state plaza
evening concert
colorful fireworks
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Price Chopper and Market 32 have presented this Albany tradition since our country's bicentennial celebration in 1976. 2021 marks the 45th annual Independence Day celebration at the Empire State Plaza!

The annual event features live music and fun for the whole family, including the best fireworks show in the region. Each year, more than 20,000 people gather on the Plaza and in the surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy the day with special musical performances by some of the Capital Region’s most exciting bands, food and beverage vendors, and a spectacular fireworks show!


  • 5:30 p.m. | Parking Opens
  • 6:30 p.m. | Graham Tichy and the New Lowdown
  • 7:45 p.m. | Official July 4 ceremony with color guard, national anthem, and remarks.
  • 8:00 p.m. | Powerhouse Funk Band
  • 9:15 p.m. | Fireworks

Free parking is available in the V-Lot and all P-Lots under the Empire State Plaza, and in the Grand Street lot and Elk Street lot beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please note: These lots will be closed until 5:30 p.m. on July 4.

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