The Village of Rockville Centre hosts its annual fireworks celebration on July 13 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Mill River Park. This event celebrates the founding of the Village of Rockville Centre, which is now entering its 126th year.
Residents, families and friends gather to enjoy a fireworks display, presented by Grucci Fireworks, as well as live music by the South Shore Symphony and students from Molloy College. This year’s musical performance is dedicated to the memory of former Mayor Eugene J. Murray, who served from 1987 to 2007, and died this year.
In addition, there will be food trucks offering various refreshment choices to spectators. The South Shore Symphony’s performance begins at 7:45 p.m. and continues before and after the fireworks show, including music during the show that coordinates with the display.
The first fireworks celebration was held in 1993 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Village of Rockville Centre. Wayne Lipton, president of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts and the South Shore Symphony, reflected on why the event has remained so popular in the 26 years since.
“It’s an evening out with friends and family and a chance to sit outside, hang out, listen to some music and watch fireworks in a very unique environment,” Lipton said. “You just have a good time. It really adds to the sense of community we have, and it’s something to be proud of.”