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A fabulous Fourth in the Capital District

Get out your red, white and blue, the Fourth of July is approaching. Here are some places you can find the rocket's red glare and bombs well, OK, fireworks bursting in air.

Schenectady County

The first Independence Day event in the area kicks off in Scotia at Jumpin' Jack's Drive In on Friday, June 29. The Coors Light U.S. Ski Team show will start the evening at 7 p.m. on the Mohawk River behind Jumpin' Jack's. The team will debut its "Battle Royale" performance where two teams of skiers will compete for audience approval.

"Each performance is like a Broadway play on water," marketing director Elsa Radliff said.

The Boys of Wexford will take the stage in Freedom Park at 8 p.m. Performers from Wexford, Ireland, will join with their partners from sister-city Hartford, Conn., to present a free night of authentic Irish music.

And for the main event, Jumpin' Jack's will sponsor a 25-minute fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. Jumpin' Jack's owner, Mark Lansing, said he puts on the $12,000 show every year not just because he loves fireworks, but also to say thanks.

"It's my way of giving back to the public for everything they've done for me," Lansing said.

Saratoga County

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will host Stewart's Shop Family Night on Wednesday, July 4. The grounds will open at 6 p.m. for a family picnic competition.

"Families can compete in categories such as most patriotic and most original picnic," said Vesna Gjaja, director of development and marketing. Admission for children will be free on the lawn where they can enjoy magicians, balloon artists and free ice cream from Stewart's.

At 8 p.m., the New York City Ballet will take the stage with its patriotic performance called "Essential Balanchine." Fireworks will follow at 10 p.m., sponsored by Stewarts Shop.

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