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Friday, July 25, 2014
Stepping Out
Get a head start on your Fourth of July celebrations this weekend
Fireworks and fun set the tone for a grand Independence Day salute
By Karen Bloom
Susan Grieco/Herald
Eisenhower Park is the scene of a patriotic light display as thousands will gather for some early holiday revelry on Saturday.

Bring on those fireworks! It’s time for another round of revelry to mark our nation’s birthday. The pyrotechnics are ready to dazzle, and with the July Fourth arriving next Friday, the festivities begin this weekend and will keep going through next week and beyond.

Celebrate America at Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park is the popular focal point of the countywide celebration. Thousands are expected to fill the park once again on Saturday, June 28, to watch as the skies light up with those spectacular fireworks at the annual July Fourth extravaganza.
TD Bank continues as the sponsor of “Celebrate America,” the glittery spectacle at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, which begins at dusk. Dr. K’s Motown Revue kicks things off as the acclaimed ensemble of musicians and vocalists takes everyone a journey through the heyday of the great Motown sound. And, of course, they’ll encourage the audience to sing along. Dr. K is joined by Uppercut, a nine-piece, high energy funk, rock and R&B group whose repertoire is dedicated to the great horn bands of the last 40 years. They’ll play the best of Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, and James Brown, along with their own original compositions. The musical prelude sets the stage for the festive fireworks, presented by the world-famous Grucci family, that follow.
As always, theater area gates will open at 5 p.m., with the fireworks beginning at nightfall, around 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are required for admission to the theater area; the free tickets are available at any TD Bank on Long Island, while supplies last. And, of course, there is no formal seating, so visitors should bring blankets or chairs. Space is limited and overflow will be directed to other viewing and parking areas. For further information, contact (516) 572-0200 or the concertline, (516) 572-0223.

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