If you were a little disappointed that fireworks shows might be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might be in for a surprise. In Hempstead the town is going ahead with their annual celebration, with a twist that is becoming more and more common these days on Long Island: it will be a drive-in show.
The annual Independence Day celebration will be held at Town Park Point Lookout on June 27 at 7:30pm (rain date is The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 28) and in addition to the bombs bursting in the air will be Long Island's very own Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot doing their famous cover songs of another Long Island legend: Billy Joel.
According to an announcement by the town, the event kicks off with a special ceremony to honor Hempstead Town’s most heroic residents – the annual “Salute to Veterans” and a special recognition for COVID-19 frontline workers.
“The Town of Hempstead’s Independence Day celebration has always been a cherished event that many residents look forward to as they gear up for the summer season,” said Town Supervisor Don Clavin.
The festivities will be limited to Town of Hempstead residents only on a first-come, first served basis. This year’s media sponsor is KJOY 98.3, and the fireworks show will be presented by Special FX Wizard.
“Things are quite different this year, and while we all adjust to changes in our everyday lives, we can still gather in a safe manner to celebrate Independence Day and the amazing veterans and healthcare heroes who have given so much for our nation,” said Supervisor Clavin.
Attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles and to enjoy the drive-in accessible celebration from the comfort of their car, truck or SUV. Residents will not be permitted to sit or stand outside of their vehicle during the concert.
“As a veteran who proudly donned the uniform of this nation, it brings me great pride to join my Hempstead Town neighbors in recognizing service members for their commitment to defending this great nation, along with our neighbors working in healthcare protecting us here at home,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr, a Vietnam War veteran.