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Mamaroneck Likes Fireworks, Even With Traffic

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The traffic may deter some, but Mamaroneck families turn out every year for the Harbor Island Park fireworks display.

Jeny Vinbrakle, who was born on July 4, will watch the fireworks with her family at Harbor Island Park for a second year. Like Vinbrakle, Liz English moved to Mamaroneck from New Rochelle and is excited to watch the fireworks in her new hometown.

Eliot Shapiro, owner of the Den of Antiquity's three sites on either side of Mamaroneck Avenue, has his reservations lined up at The Barnicle, where he will have a view of Harbor Island Park from its back patio. As Shapiro sat on the couch that sits outside one of his stores, he joked that he should have gone to Canada or Mexico for the weekend because everybody was gone and there was no business.

There are plenty of Mamaroneck residents taking trips over the long weekend, the most extravagant of which belongs to Chuck Hendricks, who will leave for Cambodia on Monday.

"I usually go up to Westport," said Hendricks, who added that he never goes to the Harbor Island fireworks display because the traffic on July 4 is "absolutely horrendous."

Liz Learoyd agrees and said that is the reason she hasn't gone in 15 years. Instead, she will visit her sister in Cortland Manor.

"It was something you did as a kid, and the parking is such a hassle," she said.

Conversely, Barbara Rosenfall and Elizabeth Ehllich won't let the traffic get in their way. The members of The Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester plan on attending the fireworks display, just one week before their group plays on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Mamaroneck Avenue during Mamaroneck's International Night Fair.

Does your family stay local or travel for the July 4 holiday?

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