Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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July 2nd, 2019

Independence Day 2019 Fireworks, Street Festivals, Hot Dogs and A Time to Proud We Are Americans!

Air conditioners and BBQ’s are running on overtime – But the big news will be all the fireworks that will be lighting up our sky as we celebrate our Independence.

During all these celebrations – We must take a moment to be thankful for the real freedom our Constitution and Declaration of Independence grants us.

Although the true meaning of the 4th of July revolves around our Independence from Britain, it is the democracy that was born out of it we should all celebrate. 

Alongside Democracy comes the American Dream, and that is continually being played out before us each and every day.

Indeed, we are not the same America we were just a few short years ago. For better or worse, depending on who one talks to, new immigrants are arriving daily because they want the freedom we are all granted.

As we mark our Independence, we must be thankful to live in such a diverse nation made up of so many vibrant people.  It is not difficult to understand why so many people leave their suppressed countries to settle in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

As we celebrate our Independence, I often think how in other countries the media is controlled by the government, and expressions of diverse opinions are denied. Modern technology such as cell phones, facebook and twitter are breaking through that barrier.

We can never allow free speech and discussion of the issues to be silenced. Indeed, the Internet and social media is changing how we do business in Sullivan County.

We must all be thankful for all our first amendment rights grant us and should use it in a positive productive way.

In Sullivan County, there will be many celebrations marking Independence Day with parades, street fairs and fireworks.

Some of the events this weekend Include:


 The Town of Liberty’s Fourth of July Festival, sponsored by the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be a day filled with fun, food, face painting, parade, music, fireworks and more. Locals and vacationers alike are encouraged to gather and celebrate America’s Independence Day as a community.

The festival will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First on the list of many festival activities is The Annual Classic Car Show, which kicks off in front of the Liberty Elementary School behind the Liberty Library at 10:30 a.m. The Annual Car Show is sponsored by Immaculate Concepts.

The festival’s parade, which will feature floats from local businesses and classic cars from The Annual Car Show will begin at 12:05 p.m. Back by popular demand will be music by The Other Band, kicking off immediately following the parade on the Main Street Stage At LaPolt Park.  Throughout the day there will be a children’s area with bouncy houses, face painting, and more located in the Former TD Bank parking lot. A fireworks display will commence at dusk.

The rain date for the Liberty Festival is set for Saturday, July 6, 2019.

There is still opportunity to bring your floats or to march in the parade. There are also some last minute vendor spaces available! 

For more info please call or email the Liberty Chamber at 845-292-9797 or


Narrowsburg Fire Department

JULY 4 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Chicken BBQ (takeout) is available from 4:30-6:00.
Fireworks at dusk



  • July 3rd – Dusk: Fireworks on Main Street, Narrowsburgh
    • Crowds gathered to celebrate Independence Day on Main Street in Narrowsburgh with fireworks at dusk.
  • July 4th – Dusk: 24th Annual Liberty Festival, Liberty
    • Festivities began in the morning with a classic car and truck show, live music, a parade, games, a bouncy house for kids, food, and even face painting! Many stuck around until and others joined at dusk to enjoy the fireworks.
  • July 4th – Dusk: Town of Fallsburg Independence Day Celebration, Hurleyville
    • From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Morningside Park, crowds celebrated the Fourth of July with rides, live music, entertainers, and fireworks at dusk.
  • July 4th – Dusk: Spectacular Fireworks at the Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon
    • Villa Roma Resort opened to the public for Fourth of July fireworks at dusk.
  • July 4th – Dusk: Sullivan County July Fourth Outdoor Buffet & Bethel Fireworks
    • Some got a little fancy this 4th of July at Sullivan County’s July Fourth Outdoor Buffet from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on the Upper Deck of The Fat Lady Café. Guests enjoyed a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a selection of appetizers, and a Make Your Own Sundae bar. Many then headed to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for a firework display overlooking White Lake that began at dusk.
  • July 6th – 10 p.m.: Monticello Casino & Raceway Fireworks, 204 Route 17B
    • Monticello Casino and Raceway hosted a firework show after the races from approximately 10-11:30 p.m.
  • July 7th – Dusk: Catskill Mountains Resort, Barryville
    • Fourth of July celebrations are long-lived in the Catskills. On Saturday, July 7th, Catskill Mountains Resort made day passes available for the pool. Guests enjoyed refreshments at Zac’s Lounge, had dinner at Mountainside Restaurant, and watched a spectacular Fireworks show that began at dusk.

I hope Sullivan County residents come out in droves to celebrate these great events. It is crucial we take the time to appreciate our independence and freedom, as well as support our local towns and merchants.

No matter ones viewpoints, race, creed, color, gender, age, education, wealth, sexual orientation, or religious ideology, we all strive for the same goals and quality of life. Even though some of our customs, political beliefs, and the way we approach life may vary, we are all the same.

Although some of us might not understand differences or disagreements, we must learn to tolerate and respect others. That is what our great country is all about.

Happy 4th of July and enjoy your hot dog!

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the “MOUTH THAT ROARS” Column in the Sullivan County Post

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