Hosted by Councilman Paul Vallone and the Bayside Historical Society, the event draws thousands to celebrate a night of family fun and fireworks launched from a barge on Little Neck Bay.
“This event keeps getting bigger and better year after year.” said historical society president Paul DiBenedetto. “Hosting an Independence Day Celebration right outside our front door is a great way for the community to link the past with the present.”
People will be allowed on the grounds of Fort Totten at 5 p.m., with musical performances from 6 to 9 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnic related items to the event. Numerous vending trucks will be on site with a variety of foods, snacks and beverages.
The 15-minute Fireworks by Grucci show will begin promptly at 9:15 p.m.
This is a non-alcoholic event. All bags, coolers and backpacks will be inspected before entering the park.
Parking will be available at the Little Bay Parking Lot underneath the Throgs Neck Bridge and along Bell Boulevard west of Fort Totten, with additional parking at the Clearview Golf Course (beginning at 5 p.m.) and the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.
Shuttles provided by Vallo Transportation will bring guests to and from the offsite parking locations beginning at 6 p.m. Due to the number of people expected to attend, guests are encouraged to bike, walk or bus to the event.
“There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with a fireworks show and concert in Fort Totten,” said Vallone. “These types of family events really bring the community together in celebration, and I thank everybody who has worked tirelessly to organize the event.”