Crowds pack Coney for fireworks and fun

Coney Island’s second annual Independence Day firework celebration went off with a bang this year!

After an action packed Fourth of July, massive crowds gathered in viewing locations at Steeplechase Plaza and on the Coney Island Boardwalk to catch a glimpse of Coney Island’s firework display.

“It was awesome and it was breathtaking,” said Bhenisha B. “Last year I was in Manhattan, and I could not see [the fireworks] that clearly. In Coney Island I find that you can sit down on the beach and see the fireworks, so that was a special thing compared to Manhattan.”

“This was my first time watching fireworks from the beach,” said Pasang Sherpa. “It was pretty good!”

The firework display, which was sponsored by the Alliance for Coney Island, took place at approximately 9:45 p.m. off the beach near Steeplechase Pier.

“I love being able to bring fireworks to Coney Island; it really completes the July Fourth experience,” said Johanna Zaki, the alliance’s executive director. “The entire show is a treat to watch, but with that said the finale is absolutely my favorite. Seeing the Coney Island skyline lit up in an array of bright colors with the rides and attractions as its backdrop is quite breathtaking.”

The Alliance for Coney Island brought the Fourth of July fireworks to Coney as part of its effort to provide free public programming to area visitors and residents. The alliance also brings fireworks to Coney Island as part of its Friday Night Fireworks Series with the hope of entertaining residents and drawing people into Coney Island.

During the daytime, beachgoers also had the chance to watch Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and support the Brooklyn Cyclones as they played against the Williamsport Crosscutters at MCU Park, as well as stroll the Boardwalk and enjoy the rides and attractions that give Coney Island its special flavor.

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