Why should you pay for a ticket to the Valley Stream Fireworks when you can see it for free on the street? This question was recently asked and here’s my personal answer.
The first time we went to the works, we walked a few blocks up to see them like many others. We noticed scores of people parking their cars on our street…in front of our home. I’m sure there was no parking so we walked too. At the time, our daughter was about three and scared of the fireworks. She covered her ears and buried her head the entire time. Our son who was in the stroller wouldn’t see a thing because of the crowd on the street.
But I could see fine. However, the streets were very crowded. But the following year, we decided to purchase tickets and hang out with friends inside the gates. We arrived early, the kids played and ran around the field. We enjoyed the live band as well as the bounce houses, games, and…I think there was food.
Sitting on the field amongst our neighbors and friends was a much better experience than standing outside on the street. Unless you live on Emerson, Cottage or another street directly facing the field, I would go ahead and grab a ticket or two. Kid 2 and under are free.
It’s a totally different experience that you won’t get on the street.
What to Expect/Street Closures & More
Remember, doors close at 8:30p.
Be sure to read the info to help with your trip to the big show. Street closures and block parties usually fill the areas closest to the event so be ready.
We once stood outside of Fireman’s Field and watched from the street, but now we get tickets and lay on the lawn with hundreds of other folks. I highly recommend getting a ticket because you have access to live music, giveaways (usually) and bounce houses and other fun things to do with the kids. Consider this a great opportunity to spread out a blanket with the family and enjoy the show up close and personal.
Park & Ride
Veterans Transportation is providing a shuttle from Hendrickson Pool Facility Parking Lot to Fireman’s Field starting around 6:30pm. Parking permits will be waived for the event.
What Not to Bring
No strollers, coolers or chairs are allowed in park although there have been designated places to leave those items by the entry gates in past years.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and will close at the coordinator’s discretion which means until tickets are sold out. I think. If you forgot your blanket, there are plenty of seats in the bleachers but your butt will hurt. Yes, I have experience in this matter.
6:30 p.m. – Gates Open
7:30 p.m. – Entertainment Begins
9:15 p.m. – Fireworks begin
Get Your Tickets Here
Hendrickson Pool Facility
Village Hall (closed 7/4)
Valley Stream Library (closed 7/4)
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Credit cards are NOT accepted at these facilities, however checks made payable to the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce are accepted.
Street closures begin as early as 5 p.m. Vehicles on Fenimore Street and Motley Street will be towed if necessary.
If you are expecting guests After 5 p.m., have them park on open streets and walk to your home.
If you need access to your vehicle during closures, park on a street designated to be open.
Emerson Place from Franklin to Argyle
Berry Street from Emerson Pl. to No. Cottage Street
Albermarle Ave. from Ann Street to Dover Street
E. Dover Street from Cottage St. to Emerson Place
Fenimore Street should be clear from Rockaway Pkwy. to Firemen’s Field for Fire Lane/Emergency Vehicles and is to be kept closed to pedestrian traffic. No parking.
Motley Street from Emerson Place to Cornwell Ave. should be clear for Fire Lane/Emergency Vehicles and is to be kept closed to pedestrian traffic. No parking.
Virginia Street from Albermarle to Cottage Street
Euclid Street from Albermarle to Cottage Street
Ann Street from Albermarle to Emerson Place
Roberta Street from Albermarle to Emerson Place
Home Street from Albermarle to Emerson Place
Alliance Street from Albermarle to Emerson Place
Lydia Street from Albermarle to Emerson Place
Prague Street from Wheeler Avenue to Emerson Place
N. Grove Street from E. Euclid to Virginia Street
N. Cottage Street from E. Euclid to Virginia Street
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