Bronx residents celebrate Independence Day at Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park

(07/04/04) ORCHARD BEACH - The hot holiday weather meant large crowds at Orchard Beach and Pelham Bay Park on Sunday.

Some people took in the entertainment on dry land, while others went to the shore. Salsa musician Alfredo de la Fe was one of the featured performers at the beach. He was playing one of two concerts has has scheduled in The Bronx this month.

Some folks there said there seemed to be more police officers than usual on duty at the beach for the holiday. The police department could not confirm that but said July 4th at Orchard Beach tends to be a peaceful holiday.

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