Fireworks To Close Highways Near Kensico Dam

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Westchester County's Fourth of July celebration Tuesday at the Kensico Dam Plaza will cause road closings in Valhalla. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with fireworks about 9 p.m. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Sections of the Bronx River Parkway and the Taconic Parkway near the Kensico Dam in Valhalla will be closed Tuesday from 5 p.m. to midnight because of the Kensico Dam Plaza fireworks display, the Westchester County Department of Public Works said. 

On the Bronx River Parkway, the northbound side will be closed between Virginia Road and the Kensico Dam Plaza. During the same time, the Taconic will be closed from Commerce Street to the Kensico Dam Plaza. 

The Public Works Department said electronic signs will alert motorists of the closings, and drivers should plan alternative routes. The county also advises motorists that traffic delays are expected Tuesday around the Kensico Dam area for the county's annual Fourth of July celebration at the plaza.

Pre-show entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Bring your own chairs or blankets for seating.

For questions or additional information, call the Westchester County Department of Public Works at 914-995-2555.

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This is a great venue- it happens once a year! The concert is wonderful and the fireworks are spectacular! My family usually arrives around 5 PM to picnic and enjoy the music; we have never had a problem departing.


Could there be a worse site for this annual traffic nighmare? Afterward, in the dark it takes hours for people to find their way onto a road going in the general direction they are headed. Local streets are jammed with cars circling around, lost. The dam itself is closed to traffic, local police block traffic, county police block traffic. An international terror target and county park all in one. At the cross roads of the ass-end of two towns, North Castle and Mt. Pleasant and that would never agree to hold such activities in their "higher rent" sections. Why isn't this held on the Hudson? Oh, right, real estate values. And this year to add to the general chaos, Holy Name has moved its annual carnival back from Septemeber and will be in full swing as the fireworks begin.

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