Town Hosts ‘Daddy’ of All Independence Celebrations

“Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” brings their swingin’ big band era sound to the beach at Point Lookout for the Town of Hempstead’s Annual Independence Celebration on Saturday evening, June 28 at 7:30. Along with the free concert, the evening includes a breathtaking fireworks display and a patriotic tribute to heroic military veterans.

Supervisor Kate Murray invites all town residents to enjoy a rousing red, white and blue celebration of American Independence and the nation’s 238th birthday. Town Park Point Lookout is located at 1300 Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout at the foot of the Loop Parkway.  The park phone number is (516) 431-3900. There is a rain date of Sunday, June 29th.

For two decades, “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” has been a dynamic force on the American music scene, bringin’ classic shake and shimmy to Big Band Revival music. The band is best known for the hits “Go-Daddy-O,” “Mr. Pinstripe Suit,” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”

“Hempstead Town will ignite this year’s Independence Salute with a spectacular beach concert and fireworks show,” added Supervisor Murray. “This will be a great night of FREE family entertainment, and I invite everyone to arrive early, place their lawn chairs or blankets close to the stage, bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show.”

The town celebration will begin with a tribute to several military veterans who have distinguished themselves in service to country and community. Following the veterans tribute and concert, Bay Fireworks will brighten the night sky with a world-class fireworks display.

Spectators will enjoy viewing the vintage automobiles on display from several area car clubs and there will be a food stand on site serving up a tasty menu of concert treats.

Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union is the sponsor of the evening’s fireworks display and K98.3 FM returns as the evening’s media sponsor. Swingbelly’s Beach Side Barbeque in Long Beach will host a pre-concert reception for veteran honorees, with support from Tulip Caterers in Franklin Square, Entenmann’s Family Bakery, Crestwood Farms and Naturally Boulder Water.

For information on the beach show and the entire schedule of summer concerts, call the Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000, ext. 7382.