Council Member Vallone and the Bayside Historical Society hosted the Second Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show and Concert. A record near fifteen thousand friends, families and neighbors packed Fort Totten to celebrate our Nation’s Independence with a night of fireworks and family fun. This year’s event was even bigger and better than last year with the incredible 15 minute Fireworks by Grucci show being launched from a barge on Little Neck Bay.
Council Member Vallone stated, “What a fantastic way to kick off summer 2016 in Northeast Queens. Once again, thousands upon thousands gathered together at Fort Totten to celebrate our independence and community. As Council Member I always promised to unite our communities as one amazing district and this year’s event clearly done that. I look forward to this celebration continuing to grow better and better each year! The night would not be possible without the support and assistance of so many. Thank you to Matt Symons and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, Detective Kevin O’Donnell and the 109th and 111th Precincts, the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, James Preston from the Mayor’s Office, Scott Cooper and Grucci Fireworks, Linda De Sebato and Vallo Transportation who helped shuttle an estimated four thousand residents, and all of our amazing volunteers. Special thank you to Paul DiBenedetto and Bayside Historical Society for helping us make this happen as we could not have done this without you, and to my Chief of Staff Jonathan Szott and the rest of my staff for all your hard work.”