July 1, 2016 Staff Report
Thousands of residents gathered at Astoria Park Lawn last night to watch the July 4th fireworks light up the sky.
More than 16,000 people attended, according to Marie Torniali, Executive Director of the Central Astoria Development Corp. “We had an amazing turnout,” she said. “It is a gigantic event with a neighborhood feel.”
Torniali was not sure of the exact number this year, but said that the turnout topped last year’s record when 16,000 people attended.
The event kicked off with a performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra and was followed by the fireworks once the sun went down.
The fireworks show was captured in its entirety by Queens videographer Joe Depace.
De Pace, who shoots video of events all around Queens, also took footage of the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
The fireworks begin about seven minutes into the video.
Others captured scenes from the show and posted them to social media.