Patriotic observance: Returning soldiers salute their fallen comrades at Old Bethpage Village’s version of an Independence Day celebration.
Our nation’s birthday is upon us, so get ready to have some July 4th fun! The pyrotechnics will still dazzle, just not at Jones Beach this year. While the Jones Beach extravaganza surely will be missed by the region’s many July 4th celebrants, there are still plenty of ways and places to share in the spirit of Independence Day, extending through next week.
Celebrate America at Eisenhower Park
Think Eisenhower Park instead of Jones Beach as the main venue for this year’s countywide celebration. Many thousands are expected to visit Eisenhower Park on Saturday, July 3, to see the skies light up in what is the county’s seventh annual display of sparkling fireworks.
TD Bank will once again sponsor the return of “Celebrate America” at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park, beginning at dusk. The fireworks, put together by the world-famous Grucci family, are part of a special night in the park that includes a performance by The Beach Bummz, a Beach Boys tribute band.
The Theatre area gates will open at 6:30 p.m. The musical performance begins at 7:35 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are required for admission; free tickets are available at any TD Bank location, while supplies last. There is no formal seating; visitors should bring blankets or chairs. Space is limited and overflow will be directed to other viewing and parking areas.
The expected crowds and parking issues have been the subject of much discussion and planning by county officials. Overflow parking will be allowed in lots at Nassau Community College, the Museum Row parking areas, and on the shoulders of Earl Ovington Blvd.
Fireworks at Valley Stream’s Fireman’s Field
Another venue that always draws a large crowd is Fireman’s Field in Valley Stream. There, the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce and the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream is hosting its 21st annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show, on Sunday. The rain date is July 5.