7/4/12: Today’s Tips: Wednesday (Independence Day)

FESTIVAL: NYS Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. It’s the big one! Tommy James & the Shondells headline the day-long festivities with a string of such classic hits as “Crimson & Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony” and lots more. And could you ask for a more perfect headliner on this most American of holidays than the author of “Me, the Mob and the Music”? Capped off with fireworks, of course. 2-10pm. FREE. Complete schedule and more info here…

MUSIC: Groove Therapy @ Shepard Park, Lake George. It’s the kick-off of the Lake George Arts Project’s weekly Summer Concert Series. 7:30pm. FREE. More info and complete schedule here…

FESTIVAL: Saratoga’s All-American Celebration @ Congress Park and other locations, Saratoga Springs. A road race, parade, classic car show, BBQ & dessert fest, children’s activities, live music by the Resonators (4-7pm) and, of course, fireworks. 9am-10pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: July 4th Celebration @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. The usual holiday events, amusement rides and music by Lethal Sonic Cocktail (4pm), Sirsy (5:30pm) and California Transit Authority (8pm). 12noon-10pm. FREE.

READING: “The Declaration of Independence” @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Actors Heather Lind and Finn Wittrock read the “Declaration of Independence,” followed by a reading of the British reply by comedian Lewis Black. 1:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: James Taylor @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Followed by fireworks. 7pm. UPDATE: This concert is SOLD OUT.

READING: Allan Gurganus @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute presents a fiction and poetry reading by the author of “White People.” With Campbell McGrath. 8pm. FREE.

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