East Hills prepares for Independence Day parade, fireworks, festival

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East Hills prepares for Independence Day parade, fireworks, festival
The Village of East Hills pool, an exclusive space for village residents. The village would lose more than $34,000 in state aid under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

The Village of East Hills is celebrating Independence Day with two days of family fun and festivities.

The village’s annual fireworks display is set for July 3, with a rain date for the fireworks on July 4 and for the band on July 7, from the Great Lawn at The Park at East Hills.

Mayor Michael Koblenz said this year, the display will be choreographed to music for the first time.

Music and a picnic in the park begin around 6 p.m. with chicken gyros, chicken kebabs, hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream, sodas and more.

Presented by the Town of North Hempstead, the band 45rpm will kick off its performance at 6:30 p.m.

“45rpm recreates the songs and their era with a happy, entertaining, visually engaging show that has you singing and dancing along,” Koblenz said.

The fireworks display by Fireworks by Santore will begin around 9:15 p.m. Koblenz said since the display features two separate sites for fireworks to be set off, viewers are encouraged to watch from the Great Lawn for the best view.

The pool will close at 5 p.m. before the picnic and fireworks.

On July 4, Kids in the Park present the annual parade and festival.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the upper parking lot by the dog park ending at the pool for the festival with a surprise guest ending at 2 p.m.

The rain date for the parade and festival is set for July 7.

Complimentary guest tickets are available with a limit of four tickets per family. Residents will need their park cards to attend.

Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at [email protected], by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

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