June 8, 2018 By Christian Murray
About 1,000 attendees are expected to turn out for Sunnyside’s 50th annual Flag Day Parade Saturday.
The parade, which is believed to be the only one in Queens, will start at 11 am on the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 40th Street with participants marching east to Joe Sabba Park, which is located at the intersection of Queens Blvd and 49th Street.
A patriotic ceremony honoring veterans will then held at the park, where marching bands will perform and the national anthem will be sung. There will be a riffle squad firing to remember those veterans who died while serving the nation.
The Sunnyside Drum Corps, The United 40’s Civic Association, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and local leaders are expected to march. Each group will march behind its respective banner.
The march is organized each year by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside.
Flag Day is a national holiday that has been held every June 14th since 1949 and it honors the Star Spangled Banner. The idea was originally proposed in 1885 as a way to inspire students to honor the nation’s flag.
Meanwhile, the All Saints Episcopal Church’s annual strawberry festival also takes place on Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and 43rd Avenue.
Street vendors, baked goods and strawberry-themed treats will be among the attractions.