2015-06-24 / Front Page

Celebrate With A Bang


The Independence Day Fireworks Show & Concert Event set for Wednesday, July 1 at Fort Totten was announced by Councilman Paul Vallone, the Bayside Historical Society, Community Board 7, 109th Precinct, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and Friends of Fort Totten Parks. The Independence Day Fireworks Show & Concert Event set for Wednesday, July 1 at Fort Totten was announced by Councilman Paul Vallone, the Bayside Historical Society, Community Board 7, 109th Precinct, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and Friends of Fort Totten Parks. Councilman Paul Vallone and the Bayside Historical Society joined members from Community Board 7, representatives from the 109th Precinct, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and Friends of Fort Totten Parks to formally announce the details of the Independence Day Fireworks Show & Concert Event set for Wednesday, July 1 at Fort Totten. Word of this first annual event, sponsored by Councilman Vallone’s office and hosted by the Bayside Historical Society, has spread quickly throughout northeast Queens and is expected to draw thousands to celebrate a night of fireworks and family fun.

On July 1, admittance to Fort Totten will begin at 5 pm, and starting at around 6 pm, the event will feature performances by the MichelleMarie RockBand Camp and Phil Costa & Something Special Big Band. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnic-related items to the event. Vending trucks will be on site with a variety of foods, snacks and beverages including roasted corn, fresh lemonade, funnel cakes and corn dogs. The 15-minute Grucci fireworks show, visible as far as the Bronx, will begin promptly at 9:15 pm.

This is a non-alcohol event. All bags, coolers, backpacks, etc. will be inspected before entering the park. Parking will be available at the Little Bay Parking Lot and along Bell Boulevard west of Fort Totten with additional parking at the Clearview Golf Course (beginning at 5 pm) and the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Shuttles provided by Vallo Transportation will bring guests to and from the offsite parking locations. Due to the number of people expected to attend, guests are encouraged to bike, walk or bus to the event.

“I can’t imagine a better way to kickstart the summer than with a fireworks show and concert in Fort Totten. For the first time, residents in northeast Queens won’t have to travel far for world-class fireworks and I look forward to sponsoring this event for years to come,” said Vallone on June 15, when he announced the event. “These types of family events really bring the community together in celebration and I thank everybody who has worked tirelessly to organize the event, as well as everybody who will be working and volunteering on July 1 to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.”

“Holding a concert and launching fireworks from the Parade Grounds in Fort Totten will be a historic event. It has never been done before, and we’ll be making history on July 1,” said Alison McKay, Executive Director of the Bayside Historical Society. “BHS at the Castle serves as a cultural destination within the Fort Totten Historic District and hosting an Independence Day Celebration right outside our front door is a great way for the community to link the past with the present.”

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