By Mark Hallum
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is ballyhooing the 4th annual Independence Day Celebration and fireworks show at Fort Totten scheduled for Wednesday, June 27.
As usual, transportation will be provided from designated parking lots by Vallo Transportation to the event space reserved within the confines of the fort with a fireworks show by Grucci.
“There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with a fireworks show and concert in Fort Totten. For a fourth straight year, residents in northeast Queens won’t have to travel far to enjoy world class fireworks with friends, family and neighbors,” Vallone said. “These types of family events really bring the community together in celebration.”
The 15-minute fireworks show will kick off at 9:15 p.m.
Parking will be available at Little Bay Park underneath the Throgs Neck Bridge, Clearview Golf Course after 5 p.m. and at Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Shuttle rides to and from these designated sites will begin at 6 p.m.
“This event keeps getting bigger and better year after year,” Paul DiBenedetto, president of the Bayside Historical Society, said. “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.”
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, food and beverage — although it is an alcohol-free event — and enjoy live music between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Food trucks will also be available on site serving up food and drinks.
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