Bronx Salutes America Fireworks Extravaganza

Diana got into the patriotic spirit!
Photo by Miriam Quin

The Bronx was the first in the nation to wish America a happy 243rd birthday with its annual ‘New York Salutes America Boardwalk Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza’ on Thursday, June 27 at Orchard Beach. Co-hosted by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Councilman Mark Gjonaj, the Bronx’s official launch to the year’s Independence Day celebrations featured live music performances and a spectacular professional fireworks display courtesy of Grucci at the Bronx Riviera.

Music With A Message-Rennaissance Youth Center director Bevin Harris (r) and his students were ready to express their love of music through song and dance.
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Freddy the Magic Clown gave Joshuelmy and awesome face paint design.
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(l-r) Gjonaj, District Attorney Clark, Assemblywoman Fernandez, Diaz and Marricka Scott-McFadden welcomed everyone to the celebration.
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Diaz (2nd from l) thanked Jean Hill (l), Community Board 7 chairwoman and Tracey Towers’ Gwen Thomas Steed and Otis Hill for attending the festivities.
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Sammy Chernin, Sammy’s Fish Box owner, was honored with a citation of merit.
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Councilman Gjonaj (4th from l) and Borough President Diaz (c) honored several local sponsors.
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(l-r) Cynthia Katz; Gjonaj; Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr.; Assemblywoman Karines Reyes; Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez; Diaz; Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson; Senator Alessandra Biaggi; District Attorney Darcel Clarke; Marlene Citron, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. president and Deputy Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden.
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Councilman Gjonaj (l) celebrated with Bronxites of all ages.
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Attendees were treated to a spectacular free fireworks display at Orchard Beach.
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Borough President Diaz (l) and Councilman Gjonaj thanked each other for helping to make this year’s New York Salutes America Boardwalk Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza possible.
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Bronxites proudly displayed their patriotic pride.
Photo by Miriam Quin

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