Bronx Salutes America Fireworks Extravaganza

(l-r) Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr.; Borough President Diaz and Senator Klein welcomed everyone in celebrating our nation’s independence.
Photo by Miriam Quin

The Bronx was the first in the nation to wish America a happy 242nd birthday with its annual ‘New York Salutes America Boardwalk Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza’ on Thursday, June 28 at Orchard Beach. Co-hosted by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Senator Jeff Klein, the Bronx’s official launch to the year’s Independence Day celebrations featured the fourth annual ‘Bronx Empanada Eating Contest,’ live music performances and a spectacular professional fireworks display courtesy of Grucci at the Bronx Riviera.

Attendees were treated to a spectacular free fireworks display at Orchard Beach.
Photo by Miriam Quin

(l-r) Klein and Councilman Mark Gjonaj enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Bronx Riviera.
Photo by Miriam Quin

Alive N Kickin’ frontman Pepe Cardona had everyone maraca and rolling to the beat!
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Elected officials presented certificates of appreciation to several event sponsors.
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Local youths sported some awesome patriotic face paint designs!
Photo by Miriam Quin

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