For those inside the park, there was a lot to do in the three hours leading up to the fireworks. Entertainment was provided by Uppercut, a professional nine-piece band which played many popular hits.
“They were really good,” said Ang, adding that he received numerous compliments about the music. “They appealed to a large cross section of people.”
Activities for children included a bounce castle, inflatable slide and face painting. The Valley Stream Youth Council sold food and Bethlehem Assembly of God passed out inflatable beach balls which were enjoyed by children and adults alike. Some people threw around footballs, while others spread out on blankets and played games.
Arlene Moy brought her three children but was also joined by family members from surrounding towns. She said she has come to the show four out of the last five years. “It’s a tradition for us,” she said. “The fireworks is an amazing show. We feel it’s better than the Macy’s one.”
Money from ticket revenue goes to cover the event’s expenses. According to officials, one of the reasons prices went up this year was to bring in a more high-end band. Any remaining money will be used by the Chamber to purchase new holiday lights for the village.
Gyulay said last week’s event was a great was to celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States. “It’s an old-fashioned kind of evening,” she said. “There is such a great community spirit that comes across when you’re there.”