PERTH AMBOY — Mayor Wilda Diaz and Mayor Fred Henry of South Amboy announced a bi-city holiday fireworks event funded by sponsor donations at a Wednesday press conference held on the Cornucopia Princess.
“Thank you to our generous sponsors who have help make our joint South Amboy–Perth Amboy Fireworks Display possible. We look forward to some good old-fashion fireworks and family entertainment that everyone can enjoy,” said Henry. “The sponsors have made it possible for us to remember what it was like in the ‘good old days’ at the South Amboy Waterfront on the Fourth of July.”
The Fireworks Show is to be held on Tuesday, July 3, at 9:20 p.m.
“While all of America celebrates their independence, Perth Amboy and South Amboy will also be celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Proprietary House- the last Royal Governor Mansion where Benjamin Franklin’s son, William Franklin resided in 1774,” said Diaz.
“We also celebrate the 100th year anniversary of several other milestones in Perth Amboy and South Amboy: including, the Perth Amboy Young Men’s Christian Association, the YMCA, the Girl Scouts of Perth Amboy for both of their 100 years of service to our community and Historic Flight, the first air mail delivery in the history of our nation, from South Amboy to Perth Amboy,” the Perth Amboy mayor continued.
During the press event, the Cornucopia traveled to the barge on which the world class fireworks display would be staged, a half-mile from the closest on-shore viewing points—the Perth Amboy and South Amboy waterfronts. Fireworks will be provided by Garden State Fireworks, as a contract was signed May 16 after the press conference.
The two cities will also hold additional Independence Day events.
Perth Amboy will continue its festivities as done annually on July 4th, with the Ringing of the replica of the Liberty Bell, to memorialize the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed at the time Perth Amboy was the capital of East Jersey. The bell is located in City Hall Circle, 260 High Street, and is rung 13 times at 2 p.m., once ring for each of the 13 colonies.
South Amboy will be holding a free pre-fireworks concert at Raritan Bay Waterfront Park starting at 6 p.m. More details will be announced as the event approaches.
WCTC will broadcast the music during the fireworks program on WCTC 1450 AM or WMGQ, Magic 98.3.
Event sponsors include: Middlesex County Freeholders, Chevron, Kaplan Companies, Amboy Bank, Wells Fargo, The Provident Bank, Middlesex Water Company, Investors Bank, Shop-Rite of Perth Amboy, Med Apparel Services, Inc., Harbortown Developments, Capital One, O’Neill Properties, Buckeye Partners, L.P., K.T. Marine, Cornucopia Cruise Line, Elizabethtown Gas, Andreia Micheals, JCPL, Madsen and Howell, Bob Dato, Maraziti Law Firm, Raritan FCU, Santamaria Eye Center, Tropical Supermarket, Zevallos/Skrocki, Liberty Center, Woodmont Properties, Shalom International, PAMA, South Amboy Parade Committee, NBA BIZ Group, Raritan Credit Union, Venezian Health Care, Maid of Perth and other community members.
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