For the 31st celebration, 10,000 New Yorkers came to Astoria Park on Monday to celebrate Independence Day a little early. Just hours before, thunderous rain clouds made it look like the show might take a raincheck, but as in 2012, Mother Nature knew the show must go on. The rain stopped around 4 p.m. and the music started at 6. The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition pulled out all the stops as usual. Grucci Company fireworks lit up the sky over the Hell Gate Bridge and the Queens Symphony Orchestra entertained the large crowd. It was the orchestra’s first time back to Astoria Park in over a decade.
Grucci Co. fireworks rain red, white and blue (and many other colors) over the East River.
Damian Rosario, 3, blows bubbles at Astoria Park.
The Queens Symphony Orchestra entertained the crowd with Americana classics as well as some fun numbers from “The Pink Panther” and “Star Wars.”
The NYPD took to horseback to patrol the large crowd.
Dimetry Makris hugs his 4-year-old daughter, Theomi, at Monday night’s pre-Independence Day celebration.
Councilman and borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), left, enjoying the fireworks show with his father, former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., his mother, Tena, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens).