Astoria Summer Annual Pre-Independance Day Fireworks And Celebration 2013

The annual Astoria park fireworks display will take place on June 24th 2013 at dusk in Astoria Park. It is a pre-4th of July show that will be handle by the Grucci family. I went the last 2 year and am quite impressed on how good it is. This is a great opportunity to practice your fireworks photography before the 4th of July.  I suggest coming as early as possible since the park starts to fill at 5pm. There will be a big crowd and you will not be able to find us if you arrive late. I will be there about 6:00pm, and will have a Meetup sign on my tripod.

We will be on the grassy area between the Astoria Park Pool and the Hell Gate Bridge (In the top photo, that's the Hell Gate Bridge). Last year, cell phone service failed because there weren't enough cell phone towers in the area.  I suggest you bring something to drink and maybe a snack. Also, tripods are a must if you want a good shot (chances are we will have to spread out to get good shots as there will be a lot of people).

Click here to see pictures of last year's event

Click here to see map of where we will be located



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  • Patrick

    It was great meeting everyone, see you at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat races in August

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Dianne

      It was nice meeting you Patrick! And thank you for the photography tips, really appreciate it.

      June 26, 2013

  • Chuck C.

    Had a fun time, enjoyed meeting everyone! Was great being in the press box! I'll post a few pics shortly...

    June 25, 2013

  • Lorena

    Patrick it was very nice meeting you and the group. You are all awesome and your pics are fantastic. !!! Hey we already made it to the press box :). See you soon.

    June 25, 2013

  • Christine S.

    Hey Patrick. Thank you for organizing this great opportunity. I made it to the fireworks but not to the press box. Sorry I didn't get to meet everyone and share this experience with all of you. Hopefully I can meet everyone at another event soon.

    June 25, 2013

  • Sam

    Hi Patrick, thanks for the opportunity to share this experience. I had a great time, took some great shots (hopefully) and made new friends. I will post some pics shortly.

    June 25, 2013

  • Stephanie S

    Same as Joe said- being able to stand in the press box was great!

    June 25, 2013

  • Joe C

    All around good time. The weather held out and the press box was a huge plus!

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Patrick

    Hello everyone, we just got permission to take pictures in the press box by the water. I will be there at 8pm. The press box is the area set aside from the rest of the crowd. It is surrounded by police baracades. See you there.

    June 24, 2013

  • Patrick

    Just a warning, the weather service is predicting thunderstorms in the late afternoon, early evening. I still plan on going but come at your own risk.

    June 24, 2013

    • Patrick

      Well, I am at the location and it is partially cloudy with the sun shining on me. I am by shore blvd next to the roadway. The meetup sign taped to a pole.

      June 24, 2013

    • Dianne

      Finally found parking, I'm walking there right now

      June 24, 2013

  • Joe C

    I'm leaving work now and will be there in about an hour. I'll look for your yellow shirt and MeetUp sign. See you soon.

    June 24, 2013

  • Eily

    i am so sorry. i will be late or can't go:( what time the fireworks is gonna start?

    June 24, 2013

  • Adele D.

    I would love to go but I cant get there early because I leave work at 5:30pm.

    June 23, 2013

    • Louiza

      9 or right at sunset 8:31 pm. I am off here. Use [masked]

      June 24, 2013

    • Adele D.

      To patrick, I will definitely try to come next year.

      June 24, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Got stuck at work. Next time!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Gregg

    scheduling conflict

    June 24, 2013

  • SC S.

    Something came up at the last minute. Sorry!

    June 24, 2013

  • Patrick

    I will have a meetup sign on my tripod and will be wearing a yellow shirt.

    June 24, 2013

    • Patrick

      Bring a tripod and also an umbrella in case it rains. If you plan on sitting, maybe a small blanket. Go to the bathroom before you come.

      June 24, 2013

    • Patrick

      oops, I will be wearing a white t-shirt, not a yellow shirt

      June 24, 2013

  • marcie d.

    Sorry, last minute change of plans. Have fun today everyone... Keep cool..ill see you at the next group meet up

    June 24, 2013

  • Louiza

    I will try to make it. Someone send me their cell 3 at[masked] thanks

    June 24, 2013

  • Samir

    I plan to come there with my 3-year-old daughter. Would that be a good idea?

    June 23, 2013

    • Samir

      Thanks, Salim! We will be there.

      June 24, 2013

  • Judy

    Sorry I can't make the event tomorrow. Work is going to keep me busy. I do look forward to meeting everyone soon.

    June 23, 2013

  • annE

    i'm not certain yet if i can make it out there on time - was curious if anyone knows it the fireworks will be visible from manhattan anywhere ??? tx

    June 23, 2013

  • Harish D.

    Excited to come for the meet up. will be my first time.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there public transportation to the park?

    June 1, 2013

    • Joe C

      Either the N or Q train will take you to Ditmars Blvd. From there, it's about a 9 block walk to the park.

      1 · June 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Joe!

      1 · June 1, 2013

  • Eily

    i'm very excited. see you there.

    May 31, 2013

  • Jen

    Is there anyone going from li that may be interested in carpooling?

    May 31, 2013

  • jeff h

    This was a great show last year. I'm looking forward to it again this year! (although I hope I can find the group better than last time :) )

    May 31, 2013

  • Cliff M.

    Most likely will add guests later

    May 31, 2013

  • Patrick

    The top photo of this event listing, my camera settings were as follows 24mm lense, ISO 200, F11 at 8 seconds with camera on a weighted tripod. It was shot in RAW. You may want to experiment with the aperture to see what works for you. The longer the exposure, the more aerial bursts you will catch. You also may want to try zooming as you take the pictures. I will be trying various techniques that I just learned.

    May 31, 2013

  • Patrick

    Please note, I am not paid to host these events but do it willing for the sheer joy of taking pictures. I also welcome the company. But I will not come looking for you if you come late. Last year, one member expected the organizers to come look for him because he couldn't get to the meetup on time and couldn't follow written instructions. Fortunately, most people can follow instruction and did find us. The map is very clear where we will be, follow the map. After 7pm, I will no longer look at the message board.

    May 31, 2013

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