Thousands of people filled the lawn and waterfront last Thursday night for the event, which featured live music by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Revelers brought lawn chairs, snacks and cameras to capture the moment.
Citywide and local elected officials, including Comptroller Scott Stringer, council members Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas attended the event, which is sponsored by the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation.
Borough President Melinda Katz showed off her vocals, singing a few tunes to the enjoyment of the crowd.
“I remember coming here before I was elected to anything, when I was just a kid in the neighborhood,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “It’s one of the great nights you look forward to.
“You get a couple thousand people in the most beautiful park in the city with a great fireworks show,” he added. “It’s just people who know each other, neighbors, friends, coming together. I love it.”
Assemblywoman Brian Barnwell, a Woodside native, said people from all over come to enjoy the fireworks. He said he attends the event every year.
“You walk through the crowd and you see people you haven’t seen in awhile, it’s a great community event,” Barnwell said. “It’s good to celebrate the country.”