Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Where To See Fireworks & Firework Safety

This will more than likely be a controversial blog with not only Fourth Of July weekend here there are graduation parties, and many summer festivities going on and I am hearing more and more fireworks.  Now although most of these are not legal, and you are not supposed to I still think it is important that I take the time to educate those who will still put on a show for friends and family.  

Now you might be saying this blog has nothing to do with real estate, but many people who have just bought their first home will be partaking in the summer fun I think it is important to keep everyone informed even if it is just about how to use fireworks safely.  

  • Keep all children away from fireworks, even sparklers can reach over 2000 degrees and those tiny fingers are clumsy even in older kids.  
  • Make sure you have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby in case it is needed.  
  • Never try to re-light a firework that did not fully ignite. 
  • If you are blowing off mortars or any large firework be sure that you are doing so in an area that is clear of trees & wires.  If your firework mistakenly hits a tree or a power line do not try and put it out to avoid any trouble, you can cause a much larger issue by doing so.  
  • Be aware of traffic & neighbors, before you light any firework no matter how big or small be sure that you check to make sure there is no traffic coming.  
  • Once you have lit the firework, MOVE don't try and lean over to check if it has ignited, if it did not ignite just light another one.
  • Make sure your on-lookers are a safe distance away from the "shooting" this way they do not accidentally get hit with debris from the fireworks.
  • Once you have finished your "display" hose down the debris that is left on the ground before cleaning up the remnants.  DO NOT just leave the debris behind in the streets, it is a safety hazard even if you think otherwise.   
I do not advise setting off any sort of fireworks, they are illegal to do so in New York and I am not suggesting that anyone goes and does so.  The only safe way to partake in fireworks is leaving it to the trained professionals, so here is a quick list of where you can go this Fourth Of July to safely and legally enjoy fireworks!! 

Where To See Fireworks 

Wednesday, July 4
School Playing Fields, 720 Front St., Greenport         Time: 10pm
This is a great show that never gets too packed. It is free, no tickets required. You sit on the grass, with a great view of the fire trucks and launching tubes, which are not all that far away. To your left the Ferris wheel and lights of the carnival twinkle merrily. When the fireworks start, lie back and gaze up at them exploding right over your head. The show isn’t Grucci, but it is breathtaking all the same. Park in the school parking lot entrance off of Front St. or in front of the carnival on Moore’s Lane. Encore performance on July 7.

Stars Over Montauk by Grucci
Umbrella Beach, Montauk                  Time: 9:00pm

Umbrella Beach is located one-third mile west of Montauk Town on the Old Highway. Fireworks can be viewed from any ocean town beach. If you do not have a parking permit, there are several lots in town that do not require a permit and are only about a half mile or less to Umbrella Beach. You can also park along the roads. For more information call 631-668-2428. Rain date is July 5.
Westhampton Beach Fireworks
Westhampton Country Club            Time: 9pm

The public cannot enter the country club, but the fireworks should be visible from nearby beaches.
City of Glen Cove July 4th Spectacular
Morgan Park at the end of McCaughlin St, Glen Cove             Time: 6pm

At 6pm there will be a musical performance in the bandshell followed by fireworks at 9pm. The event will be crowded and details of parking and parking restrictions may be found here. For more information call Glen Cove City Hall at 516-676-2000  Rain date is July 7. 
Star Spangled Blast at Bald Hill by Grucci

Brookhaven Ampitheater
, 55 Bicycle Path
, Farmingville
                  Time: 7:30pm

Starting at 7:30pm the Long Island Philharmonic will present a free concert followed by a spectacular fireworks show by Grucci. Arrive early for parking and seating. Parking lot opens around 4:30pm and doors open around 5:30pm. There is also seating on the grass. Refreshments are available. For more information call 631-293-2222.
Long Island Ducks Ballgame and Fireworks by Grucci
Bethpage Ballpark - 3 Courthouse Dr., Central Islip                Time: 7:05pm

Watch the Long Island Ducks take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and then sit back and watch an amazing fireworks extravaganza by Grucci. Tickets are available online or by calling 631-940-3825. 
Go 4th on the Bay by Grucci


Grucci will produce another spectacular off the South Shore of Long Island, this time in Patchogue Bay, West Bay,
 and off East Islip at Champlin Creek. The fireworks should be visible from Fire Island and all the beaches in the vicinity from Smith’s Point Beach to the Bay Shore Marina.
Village of Valley Stream 20th Annual Fireworks Show
Fireman’s Field                        Time: 6:30pm

Tickets are available at Collision Concepts on Rockaway Ave. at Sunrise Highway, Hendrickson Pool Facility, Village Hall and the library. Tickets are $5, children under 2 are free. Parking is available at the Hendrickson Pool Facility with free transportation to the show. Gates open at 6:30pm. Rain date is July 5.  For more information, call Boris at Collision Concepts 516-825-4433. Tickets sell out early.
Jones Beach Fireworks???The fireworks were canceled for the past two years and it is still unclear if they will go on this year.  But they are listed, with a question mark, on the Jones Beach Events Calendar so you may wish to check that here closer to the date.  
Friday, July 6
1030 Meadow Ln., Southampton               Time: 7–10pm
This family benefit event for the Southampton Fresh Air Home features a carnival, a buffet, and fireworks over Shinnecock Bay. Grucci is classifying this show as National Class. Tickets for adults are $250 and children $100. 

Saturday, July 7
1797 Old Country Rd, Riverhead                       Time: 9pm
Fireworks take place during a break in the racing schedule. There is no on-street parking nearby so you pretty much have to pay admission and watch a race to see the fireworks. Rain date July 14th.

Devon Yacht Club Fireworks by Grucci
Fresh Pond Beach, Amagansett                  Time: 9:15pm

This is a private show, but the fireworks can be seen from Fresh Pond Beach or by boat in Napeague Bay.

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