Fireworks will light up the evening sky over Astoria on June 30, during the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (LDC)’s Annual Independence Day Celebration on Astoria Park’s waterfront.
The celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the 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.
Thousands of spectators are expected to sprawl across the Astoria Park Great Lawn between the RFK-Triborough and Hell Gate bridges to enjoy the fireworks extravaganza. The show includes patriotic and Big Band music from the professional solider-musicians of the United States Military Academy’s the West Point Band.
The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization that provides world-class music to educate, train and inspire. They have showcased at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. West Point Band vocalist Master Sergeant Mary Kay Messenger will sing the National Anthem.
After the performance, the skies over the East River will light up with a fireworks display presented by the Grucci Family, bringing the crowd to its usual flag-waving frenzy of patriotism and American pride.
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.