The Astoria waterfront shined bright Tuesday night, as the neighborhood celebrated the nation’s birthday a few days early.
Thousands gathered at Astoria Park, between the RFK-Triborough and Hell Gate bridges, to take part in the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s Annual Independence Day Celebration.
The celebration included patriotic and Big Band music from the United States Military Academy’s West Point Band.
After the performance, the sky lit up with a fireworks display presented by the Grucci Family.
The annual Independence Day Celebration is part of Central Astoria’s 33rd Annual Waterfront Concert Series at Astoria Park which accompanies the summer season of events there, including the Carnival and the Movies on the Waterfront Series.
The show was sponsored by Central Astoria LDC with the support of Councilmen Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, the city Department of Cultural Affairs and corporate sponsors including NRG and Kaufman Astoria Studios.