Photos: Sparks fly at neighborhood fireworks shows

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The Hellgate Bridge is the perfect backdrop fot the Fourth of July fireworks in Astoria Park. Heavy rain threatened to washout the show, but the the skies cleared up just in time.
It wouldn’t dare rain on Astoria’s Independence Day celebration, the biggest in the borough.
The Astoria fireworks show has a long tradition of live music accompanying the pyrotechnics. Ths year, it was the Patriot Brass Ensemble tooting its horns.
On Little Neck Bay, the fireworks light up the sky over Fort Totten for the fourth annual fireworks show in Bayside.
The parade ground at Fort Totten — the Civil War-era outpost on the tip of Bayside — starts to fill up early as families claim the best spots for watching the show.
Keeping the peace at Bayside’s celebration is a pair of mounted officers from the unit stationed just a few miles away in Cunningham Park.

Macy’s fireworks show is great, sure. But Queens’ homegrown celebrations in Astoria and Bayside are not to shabby, either. The borough celebrated Independence Day early and we’ve got photos of the two neighborhood specatcles.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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