Vallone Helps Kick Off Summer At Astoria Park
City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined nearly 10,000 area residents at Astoria Park June 30 for an early July Fourth fireworks celebration preceded by dancing and big band music. The crowd filled the Astoria Park lawn and lined up along Shore Boulevard to watch fireworks set off from Randall’s Island. “Only in Astoria can you set up a blanket or lawn chair and comfortably watch the fireworks from a beautiful park,” Vallone said.
Besides the Fourth of July revels, the evening was dedicated to the memory of longtime Astoria resident and activist Julian (Julie) Wager. Among many other accomplishments, at the time of his death January 6, Wager was president of the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation (CALDC), which he helped found. CALDC members began the evening by dedicating a freshly planted tree on the great lawn along Shore Boulevard to Wager’s memory. Wager’s family members, including his six daughters, and many friends from the community were in attendance.
CALDC organized the June 30 event. Vallone has funded the fireworks for the past eight years along with the weekly evening concert series in the park that follow the July fourth kickoff event.