The City of Glen Cove’s annual July 4th festivities celebrate great traditions with free concerts, fireworks and a children’s bike parade.
“Glen Cove is the place to be for July 4th weekend as we have the best of everything for our residents—fireworks, a classic child’s bike parade, concerts downtown and in the park, beautiful beaches and picnic grounds,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello.
Coordinated by the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, the annual July 4th Children’s Bike Parade has become a morning holiday tradition for kids of all ages and their families. Children take bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers and battery-powered vehicles and roll down the streets of downtown Glen Cove to the Village Square with their spirited energy and patriotism in full view. The parade starts at 10 a.m., but children are asked to arrive at the Robert M. Finley Middle School at 9:30 a.m. to decorate their bikes/wagons etc. for a bike decorating contest. For the bike contest, one winner will be selected in three categories—Most Patriotic, Most Original and Best Group—with a special prize for each winner. There will also be free refreshments, a July 4th arts and crafts project, giveaways and a patriotic sing-along.
After the morning bike parade, all residents are invited later in the day to Morgan Memorial Park for a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring the Northwinds Symphonic Band and a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. Under the musical direction of Helen Bauer and guest conductor Barbara Sherwin, this year’s program will feature familiar marches, patriotic favorites, selections from the King and I and the music of Irving Berlin and John Williams. A Dixieland combo will feature G. Edward Smith on clarinet, Robert P. Evans on trombone, trumpeter Barry Schwalb, Kevin Weibley on tuba and Caitlyn Cummings will “swing away” to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Guest soloist and harmonica virtuoso, Jiayi, will dazzle the audience with “Flight of the Bumblebee” and Sousa’s “Harmonica Wizard” accompanied by members of the band.
Soprano Allison Tamburello will join the band for the Josh Grobin favorite, “You Raise Me Up” and “God Bless America.” To close the concert and honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, Northwinds will perform “The Stars and Stripes Forever” while Fireworks by Grucci brings bright bursts and a spectacular pyrotechnic artistry to the skies high above Morgan Memorial Park at 9:15 p.m.
In case of rain, the concert will be held indoors at St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall on July 4 and the fireworks will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 5 at 9:15 p.m. Residents are reminded that bags and backpacks are subject to search at Morgan Memorial Park for contraband including alcohol and fireworks. Parking restrictions will be in effect in the Landing neighborhood on July 4. Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 4, there will be no parking on Germaine Street, Landing Road or McLoughlin Street west of Carpenter Street. Parking for individuals with handicap parking permits will be available in the Morgan Park parking lot. For residents who watch the fireworks from the Long Island Sound, safe boating is encouraged.
Glen Cove’s July 4 festivities are made possible through support provided by The Glen Cove Mansion, Garvies Point, Phillips Lytle LLP, Zarin & Steinmetz, D&B Engineers & Architects, P.S., Anker’s Electric Services, American Paving & Masonry Corp., Bowne AE&T Group, Newport Engineering, Turner Miller Group, Glen Cove PBA, North Coast Subaru and Gannet Flemming.