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Aug 02, 2017

Fireworks for the Fourth in Colts Neck

By Nicholas Deckmejian

On July 3, Colts Neck was treated with a wonderful display of patriotic and wholesome fun as the town celebrated Independence Day at Bucks Mill Park. Thanks to the Colts Neck Business Association, with sponsors that included The Journal Publications, the community was able to enjoy a wonderful evening at the park filled with friends, food, music, and spectacular fireworks.

Admission was free for this great event, which provided folks from Colts Neck and surrounding areas with a terrific evening.  Those in attendance enjoyed performances by the Colts Neck Community Band and Moon Dance Band, along with the annual Great American Apple Pie Contest and tons of hot dogs. There was also a flag ceremony with the Naval Weapons Station Earle Color Guard, accompanied by Captain Pierre A. Fuller.

Usually, the most impressive aspect of a fireworks event are the fireworks themselves, but this gathering was stunning in its coordination. With approximately 3,000 cars’ worth of people in attendance, praise was expressed by countless members of the community for the swift flow of traffic in and out of Bucks Mill Park. This was thanks to members from organizations like the Colts Neck First Aid, Police Department, Fire Department, and Fire Police, who made wrangling 3,000 cars look easy.

The township committee unanimously praised the success of the event at their July 12 meeting. “I run events for a living,” said Committeeman Frank Rizzuto. “This is one of the best run events I’ve ever attended.” Mayor Russell Macnow and Deputy Mayor JP Bartolomeo were unfortunately not able to make the event, but also heard an abundance of praise about it. Mayor Macnow said he heard that the fire police “flawlessly” dealt with the flow of traffic and the deputy mayor said he believes this is a testament to the town’s potential in presenting many more cohesive events for the community.