Here comes the Hudson Valley heat wave, just in time for the beginning of July!

Hudson Valley Weather says it’ll be in the high 90s for at least the first half of the week, and supposedly the humidity will be bad enough that it’ll feel like 110°. Ouch.

There’s plenty going on this summer in the Hudson Valley, especially for those of us with a creative bent. Here are our top three things to do in the Hudson Valley for the week of July 1, 2018:

Fireworks at West Point

There’s plenty going on this week, but one of the highlights will certainly be the classic West Point Independence Day Celebration. If you’ve never been to one, I highly recommend it — there’s nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July in one of the most American places possible.

It’s on Saturday, July 7th at 7:30pm at West Point’s Trophy Point Amphitheater. If you go, though, I highly encourage you to get there super, super early. It’s not unheard of to go two hours early and still not be able to get good seats — it fills up fast. Lots of people want to be front-and-center as the West Point band rocks the amphitheater in front of an incredible view of the Hudson.

Independence Day at West Point, two years ago

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival

Next weekend is the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival! If you’re looking for a chance to ride in a hot-air balloon, or just want to get some great balloon photos for your Instagram feed, stop by the Dutchess County Fairground on July 6, 7, and 8.

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First Friday in Poughkeepsie

The first Friday of every month, the City of Poughkeepsie holds a community celebration featuring local music, art, and food. On Friday, July 6, the theme is: American Rock.

The free event goes from 5:00 to 8:30 and is being held on Crannell Street in downtown Poughkeepsie, just a few blocks from Mill House Brewing Company. In addition to the usual vendors, there will be live music and a car show!

Know of something else happening soon in the Hudson Valley that people should know about? Let us know in the comments!

The featured image of the West Point amphitheater comes from the “Life in the West Point Band” blog, found here.