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It’s Party Time! Festival, Fireworks And Fun On The ‘Rock’

It’s Party Time!
Festival, Fireworks
And Fun On The ‘Rock’

Starting this weekend, Rockaway will be booming with activity. Beginning with the Irish Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, and continuing on to Tuesday, August 1, with Night Out Against Crime, these events promise to offer fun for the entire family.

The 19th Annual Irish Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, on Beach 108 and 109 streets (off of Rockaway Beach boulevard).

Headlining this year’s festival are The Prodigals, Natural Gas, Gerald Bair, Seanchai and the Unity Squad, The Moran Brothers, The Gerry Hughes Band, Pat Roper, and Susan Gillespie and the Second Generation Band.

As usual, the festival offers food and libation provided by the businesses of the Beach 108 and 109 street area. There will be vendors selling authentic Irish and international wares.

Monday is Rockaway’s day to rest (and recover), but not for too long. Tuesday, August 1, promises to be an action-packed day as Night Out Against Crime kicks off in Rockaway.

The day starts with Geoff Rawling of the Rockaway Artists Alliance joining with local kids, off all ages, in redecorating the lifeguard shack on Beach 117 street and the beach. "Shack Attack" will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m., with the unveiling of the redecorated lifeguard shack taking place in the evening.

Also beginning at noon will be the Rockaway Sandcastle Contest, hosted by West End Realty’s Barbara J. Morris. Registration for the contest will be at noon and building starts at 1 p.m. at Beach 116 street and the beach. The contest finishes at 3 p.m. when trophies and prizes will be awarded. The winners of the various contest levels will also be announced during the National Night Out program.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 86 street, Beach 116 street, and Beach 126 street, free identification photos will be provided by Allstate Insurance’s "SafeWise Kids" program. Booklets will accompany each photograph and fingerprinting will be done by the 100 Precinct at The Beach Club.

At 6 p.m. there will be a puppet show at The Beach Club, followed by music, dancing, games and many other activities in the parking lot of The Beach Club at 7 p.m.

The evening concludes with Fireworks by Grucci at 9 p.m.





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