When it comes time for the Fourth of July, you have a couple options. You can either hit up a local fireworks display, or blow up your backyard.

Being in New York, having your own fireworks isn't exactly legal. There are ways to get around that. You can head off to another state to stock up on some pretty sweet merchandise. Lucky for us, there are a couple options, just a few hours away.

So don't settle for some safe display put on by 'professionals'. Hit up one of our neighboring states and have some fun of your own! Safety first, of course. If you don't want to blow up your yard - and potentially your hands - there are some great places to watch fireworks this Fourth of July all around the Albany area.