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Earlier that afternoon at 1 p.m., Indian film composer, lyricist, singer-songwriter and composer Devi Sri Prasad will visit the world famous site to flip the ceremonial light switch at a public event.
“I am truly honored to be invited as the guest of honor for the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building,” said Prasad in a tweet.
Singer Shankar Mahadevan will visit the Observatory Experience to take part in the celebrations.
New York-based Indian restaurant Taco Mahal will offer their famous samosas and roti tacos (chicken tikka masala and chana masala) on its 86th Floor Observatory from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.
An Independence Day Parade will be held in Manhattan on Aug. 21.