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Tuckahoe Celebrates With Grucci Fireworks

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- Jon Lewis has been coming to the annual fireworks show in Tuckahoe for years, and so has O'Dean Mangum.

Lewis, who is 3 years old and lives in Tuckahoe, was waiting patiently for the fireworks to begin on Saturday night at the Parkway Oval. Enjoying a red, white and blue ice pop supplied by the Webster Bank of Yonkers, who handed them out free of charge, Lewis was too busy to comment on the festivities. His dad, also Jon Lewis, said his son enjoys the fireworks.

"He loves coming and has been coming since he was a baby," said the elder Lewis. "He was born in April and came for the first time in July of that year."

Mangum, 65, also of Tuckahoe said he looks forward to the fireworks display as well.

"We are enjoying our evening, just having a great time," said Mangum, who was surrounded by family and friends.

Mayor Steve Ecklond said that the village has always been known for its annual fireworks celebration each July.

"We did it for years as far back as I can remember, then we stopped," said the mayor. "Then about eight years ago we started our celebration again."

Ecklond said the village holds the event at the end of July for financial reasons.

"The show costs a fraction of what it would cost if we held it on the Fourth of July," he said.

The fireworks display, which lasts for just under 10 minutes, is the end of the evening's festivities.

There was live music by the band Father Nelson, a jumping castle and lots of food.

The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Pack 353 had plenty of water to sell on the hot muggy night.

Down at the other end of Parkway Oval, were the three man team from Grucci Fireworks , who set up the show.

"We have a multitude of colors, comets, and grand illuminations," said Charlie DeSalvo a 16-year veteran of the Gruccis who lives in Harrison.

Grucci is a family owned business that has been around since 1850 and is one of the best known fireworks companies in the United States.

"We are known for our grand finales," said Vince DiCarlo, of Mamaroneck, who has been with Grucci for two years.DiCarlo said that he and his team have licenses and certifications from state and federal agencies to do their jobs.

"Grucci also has a rigorous and extensive training period," added Henry Herman, a 23 year veteran with Grucci.

None of this concerned Mangum or the younger Lewis, who were just there to enjoy the show.

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