Grucci fireworks kick off in Patchogue
Pictured is Midnight on Main chair Gerry Crean and committee members Lori Belmonte, Phil Grucci, Michael Cirigliano, Jo Bennett, David Kennedy and Michele Cayea, ready to welcome the New Year at the new West Main Street location.

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Grucci fireworks kick off in Patchogue

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
12/27/2018


 

“The greatest fireworks in the world start with us,” said Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy, of the Fireworks by Grucci display to take place at the stroke of 9 p.m. during Patchogue Village’s annual Midnight on Main New Year’s Eve event.

Due to the event’s last-minute West Main Street move, the approximately 2-3-minute pyrotechnics display is now capable of launching higher, wider and bigger, said Phil Grucci, CEO/creative director of Fireworks by Grucci Inc., hinting at colors of red, white, green, gold and silver.

Over 400 pyrotechnicians from Fireworks by Grucci will be in 22 locations across the world that night, from the Middle East — where Grucci will be stationed — to Las Vegas to Hawaii.

“Our shows will go off right here in our hometown, across the coast and end in Hawaii,” he said of his worldwide displays.

The event’s move to West Main Street came a few months ago after safety concerns were raised with the size of the crowd and proximity of the fireworks at the original Main Street location in front of the Capital One Plaza. 

This year’s event will now take place in front of the new location of the Blue Point Brewery. Fireworks will be launched from the parking lot as partygoers watch the ball rise from a now 360-degree view at the West Main Street and West Avenue intersection. 

True to the event, the original ball, a 4-foot, multifaceted Lucite geodesic sphere with LED lights made by NorthStar Signs & Neon Inc., will rise to the anticipated crowd of about 5,000, rain or shine or snow, on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. 

The ball, according to Kennedy, will be situated directly in the middle of the intersection just west of the traffic lights and much higher. Extra preparations will also be made to further secure it, anticipating additional winds due to the lack of building coverage.

“It’s a better location for the event and fireworks to continue to expand and grow,” said Kennedy.

“The biggest thing we wanted was to keep the tradition alive with no gap,” added Midnight on Main chair Gerry Crean.

Getting the job done is a joint effort between private security company PSA, Village of Patchogue public safety officers, Patchogue Fire Department firemen, Patchogue Ambulance Company members and Suffolk County police. Trucks will block either side of Main Street for protection and clear garbage bags will outfit the streets.

Streets will now close from East Main to West Main streets at the intersection of West Main Street, West and Waverly avenues at the spur beginning at 5 p.m., music will kick off at 7 p.m., and the event will start seeing a crowd at around 8 p.m. Additionally, West Main Street between Railroad and River avenues, West Avenue between South Street and West Main Street, and the Waverly Avenue spur from Lake to West Main streets will be closed. Roads will reopen by 10 p.m. 

This year’s chief sponsor is Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue), who will launch the countdown at 9 p.m., representing the ahead-of-its-time village. Partygoers are encouraged to come early for a good spot, free hats and noisemakers and to treat themselves to the local bars and restaurants. JVC Broadcasting will again provide a live deejay.