Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, offers the public the opportunity to view the City of Poughkeepsie’s fireworks display from eye level 212 feet above the Hudson River on Sunday, August 29. Tickets and complete information are available online at walkway.org/fireworks. Space on the Walkway is strictly limited and tickets have sold out every year.
General admission tickets are available for $20. Tickets for Walkway members, seniors, or veterans are $15. Children under 10 are free, however must be registered at walkway.org/fireworks and possess a valid ticket. Everyone entering the park after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 29 must present proof of ticket purchase (printed or digital on smartphone) to enter the Walkway.
Walkway Members have been provided a special discount code to receive the discounted rate. If you are a member and did not receive your code, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a member and receive your code, visit join.walkway.org. Memberships start at $40.
Proceeds from ticket sales support the Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization and help fund community events like the annual fireworks display, Walkway at Night series, Mayfest and Walktoberfest farmers and makers markets, and more. Funds raised also contribute to improving the park with new amenities and construction, supporting the volunteer Ambassadors, telling the historical story of the bridge, and a range of other projects supporting the world-class destination that is Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.
“Thanks to Mayor Rolison and the City of Poughkeepsie for making this wonderful event possible and to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for partnering with us to offer the public the best view In the Hudson Valley!” said Elizabeth Waldstein, Executive Director, Friends of the Walkway nonprofit organization. “After having to cancel our usual Fourth of July gathering the past two years, we’re excited to bring back this annual tradition of opening the bridge to family, friends, and the entire community.”
“We are always so grateful to work with our partners to bring fireworks to the City of Poughkeepsie,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “People will have the opportunity to choose from a number of vantage points, including our waterfront and the spectacular views offered on the Walkway Over the Hudson. We are blessed to live in a city with such amazing assets and are excited about the prospect of gathering with our neighbors and friends for this event.”
On Sunday, August 29, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park will close at 4:30 p.m. for event setup and safety preparations. It will reopen at approximately 6:30 p.m. to ticket holders only. The City of Poughkeepsie fireworks display is expected to begin between 8:15-8:30 p.m. The Walkway will remain open for one hour after the conclusion of the event.
If the event is postponed due to severe weather, the fireworks will launch on the scheduled rain date – Saturday, September 4. Notification will occur via walkway.org, the Walkway’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, and local iHeart Radio stations.
Please note that tickets are strictly limited, have sold out in previous years, and are expected to sell out again. In the unlikely event that tickets are not sold out in advance, remaining tickets will be available for purchase on August 29 at both the Highland and Poughkeepsie entrances of the bridge.
Due to the unique nature of this fireworks event, all ticket holders are asked to adhere to these special guidelines:
PLEASE NOTE: All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be issued.
Those with valid tickets are encouraged to carpool and to park at various City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Lloyd locations, or approved on-street parking spaces, and allow ample time to get to the Walkway in time for the fireworks. Ticket holders may access the Walkway from either the East or West entrances. For complete information about parking, visit walkway.org/fireworks.