East Meadow, NY - June 20, 2016 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that Nassau County and TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will celebrate our nation’s independence by presenting a spectacular fireworks show and concert in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, July 2, 2016.
TD Bank will once again sponsor “Celebrate America” at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. The fireworks, presented by the Long Island based Grucci family, are part of an unforgettable night in Eisenhower Park which kicks off with a performance by The Steam Punk Pirates, and Killer Joe and the Lido Soul Revue.
“I thank TD Bank for their continuous support, which makes our spectacular Independence Day celebration possible every year,” said Mangano. “The annual Fireworks Show and Concert here in beautiful Eisenhower Park is a great opportunity for our residents to come out and enjoy this ‘World Class’ fireworks show and performances by The Steam Punk Pirates and Killer Joe and the Lido Soul Revue.”
The theatre area gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at nightfall (approx. 9:30 p.m.). Tickets are required for admission to the Theatre area and are available free of charge, at any TD Bank on Long Island, while supplies last. There is no formal seating; visitors should bring blankets or chairs. Space is limited and overflow will be directed to other viewing and parking areas.
In anticipation of Independence Day, County Executive Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter remind residents that fireworks awareness and prevention are important issues to discuss with their families. The possession, use, or sale of fireworks, including sparklers, is a violation of New York State Penal Law, and may be punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony. Parents should talk with their children about the destructive outcomes that can occur from playing with fireworks.
Fourth of July fireworks, although popular, can be extremely harmful. Fireworks statistics indicate that:
- According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, an estimated 11,400 injuries were reported during 2013, a staggering 31 percent climb compared to 8,700 injuries reported the year before.
- Approximately 16% of all consumer fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority of these injuries occurring to young children.
- Most of these injuries happen at the victims’ homes.
- Fireworks can cause life threatening residential fires.
- Children ages 5 to 9 years old have the highest rate of injuries related to fireworks.
There are many licensed professionals that perform fireworks presentations for the public, such as the “Celebrate America” show at Eisenhower Park. County Executive Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Krumpter would like to wish the residents of Nassau County a happy and safe July 4th holiday.
About the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre:
The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is an outdoor theatre located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms, and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are available for the hearing impaired. There is no formal seating at Lakeside Theatre, so concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs. If weather conditions are doubtful, call (516) 572-0355 after 7:00 p.m. for updated performance information.
About Eisenhower Park:
Eisenhower Park is centrally located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike at East Meadow Avenue and at the intersection of Stewart and Merrick Avenues. For further information, please call the Nassau County Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museum website.