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Council Member Paul A. Vallone Announces Fifth Annual Independence Day Celebration at Fort Totten!

Council Member Paul A. Vallone, Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Bayside Historical Society are proud to announce the details of the Fifth Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show and Concert, set for Wednesday, June 26th at Fort Totten. This annual event, sponsored by Council Member Vallone’s office has historically drawn in thousands to celebrate a night of fireworks and family fun. This year’s celebration promises to be another incredible night with fireworks by Grucci being launched from a barge on Little Neck Bay.

On June 26th, admittance to Fort Totten will begin at 5pm, and the event will feature musical performances from the MM Rock Camp, Chicken Head Rocks, and Phil Costa & the Something Special Big B between 6pm and 9pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnic related items to the event. Numerous vending trucks will be on site with a variety of foods, snacks and beverages. The fifteen minute Fireworks by Grucci show will begin promptly at 9:15pm.

This is a non-alcohol event. All bags, coolers, backpacks, etc. will be inspected by the NYPD before entering the park. Parking will be available at the Little Bay Parking Lot, underneath the Throgs Neck Bridge and along Bell Boulevard west of Fort Totten with additional parking at the Clearview Golf Course (beginning at 5pm) and the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Shuttles provided by Vallo Transportation will bring guests to and from the offsite parking locations beginning at 6pm. Due to the number of people expected to attend, guests are encouraged to bike, walk or bus to the event. (Please see attached photos for a parking map, transportation information and other important information).

“For a fifth straight year, residents in Northeast Queens won’t have to travel far to enjoy world class fireworks with their friends, family and neighbors,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “These types of family events are a great way to bring the community together in celebration. I thank everybody who has worked tirelessly to organize the event, as well as all of the volunteers who will be working on June 26th to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. I can’t imagine a better way to kick start the summer than with a fireworks show and concert at Fort Totten!”

“We’re proud once again to partner with Council Member Vallone to host our 5th annual concert and fireworks show in Fort Totten,” said Paul DiBenedetto, President of the Bayside Historical Society. “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. We look forward to this year’s event being even bigger and better than last year!”

“We’re proud to once again partner with these incredible community groups and Councilman Paul Vallone to provide complimentary shuttle service and help to unite our neighbors and celebrate at Fort Totten’s annual Independence Day event,” said Linda DeSabato, President of Vallo Transportation.

“The Queens Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to support the efforts of not only City Council Member Paul Vallone, but all of the local residents and businesses of the area. Fireworks are as American as apple pie and baseball, and we are grateful to be involved,” said Queens Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Thomas J. Grech.