The Riegelmann Boardwalk was the place to be on a beautiful Friday night in Coney Island.
Locals, young and old, flocked to the oceanside on the final day of June to eat hotdogs, drink beer, partake in evening karaoke, and watch the main attraction of the night: fireworks on the beach.
The crowd only seemed to grow as the 9:30 fireworks neared. From Brighton Beach to the west, foot traffic on the boardwalk flowed eastbound as people made their way towards a front-row seat for the fireworks. All along the boardwalk, street vendors sold glow sticks and anything else that lit up.
While walking down the boardwalk towards Coney Island, various sources of music emerged from different directions. A home near the boardwalk played loud music as if there might be a party and those who were on the boardwalk quietly played their own music out loud.
The usual Friday night karaoke show drew a crowd of its own, partly consisting of those on their way to the fireworks in the same area. Revelers took the stage and sang as if, for only a moment, they were the original artists of the songs they covered. The crowd was enjoying it, too.
Finally, when the fireworks launched just a few minutes after 9:30, people pulled out their phones — almost in unison — to snap photos and record videos. By this point, the size of the crowd rivaled that of the daytime beach crowds on hot days.
The crowd dispersed a bit following the fireworks show, but many people stuck around to hang out at the establishments lining the boardwalk and ride some attractions at Luna Park before it was too late. There were still lines for hot dogs and drinks, and rollercoasters roared around the tracks.
Until September 1, weather permitting, karaoke begins every Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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