Red, White and Blues: Ft. Ham Fourth of July Celebration features local bands

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All ages fun: Meghan Loew and her kids Leah, and Jackson, along with Ed and Tara Brancato and their children Evelyn, and Theodore, settled in with their blankets and chairs to catch the show.
Beating the heat: William Acosta brought Khemeega, Arabella, and Anderson to enjoy ice cream and relax.
Putting on a show: Singers Best Kept Secret and The Mighty Kamm Band opened the show.
Red, white, and groove: Attendees danced to the great musical performances.

They got a head start on the holiday!

Red, white and blue filled the Deon L. Taylor Field on June 30 at Fort Hamilton’s annual Fourth of July Celebration.

More than 3,500 people pre-registered for the festivities, which included performances by local bands, a wide variety of food, and a fireworks display to end the fun with a bang.

Kids sang and danced to the music, adults relaxed, and it was a great evening overall for all who joined the celebration, according to one attendee.

“It was a great overall atmosphere,” said Bruce Hill. “A lot of families, service members, New Yorkers, and everyone was enjoying it.”

Unlike the years past, when big-name bands were brought in to perform, this was the second straight year that organizers invited local artists to perform.

These included R&B artists The Best Kept Secret, Latin Jazz band Heshima Moja, and Raine Torae performing Michael Jackson songs.

Another attendee, who came with a group from work, mentioned how nice it was for the community to come together and meet new people.

“It was very enjoyable just being at the Fort,” said Diane Ernest. “It was very patriotic — people were waving flags, sitting on the grass, and we made new friends”.

It may not have been the Fourth of July just yet, but patriotic locals certainly kicked things off with a bang, and enjoyed the annual celebration.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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