WOODBRIDGE – The annual Woodbridge Township Independence Day celebration and fireworks display will get underway on Wednesday, July 3, when gates open at Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park on the Sewaren waterfront. The 2013 Independence Day celebration is sponsored by the Township of Woodbridge and the “We Share, We Care Foundation.”
“I am extremely excited to announce that Woodbridge Township is again hosting one of the largest Independence Day fireworks display and entertainment events in the state,” Mayor John McCormac said. “Woodbridge Township is home to dozens of military personnel currently serving overseas and to military veterans who served and protected America’s freedom and democracy in conflicts around the world… it is to those brave military personnel and veterans that we dedicate this year’s Independence Day celebration.”
According to McCormac, live music with The Party Dolls begin the evening’s events followed by the incredible “Bringing the Night to Life” fireworks display choreographed to music. The National Anthem will be performed live by Woodbridge’s own Chrysanthe Haliotis, the 2013 Woodbridge Idol.
The Woodbridge Township fireworks display and entertainment event draws thousands of residents to the Sewaren waterfront. Pyrotecnico Fireworks will bring a display to the Sewaren waterfront with more than 14 thousand shots fired electronically by computers in synchronization to a wide selection of patriotic and contemporary music.
Alvin P. Williams Park will be closed during the day to allow for the fireworks set-up. The gates will open to the public at 4 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. There is no reserved seating and no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the park. In case of inclement weather, call the Woodbridge Township Department of Recreation at 732-602-6045.
The Woodbridge Police Department reminds residents and visitors that all types of fireworks are illegal in Woodbridge Township. Under the state Fireworks Regulation Law, it is a crime to sell, use and/or possess any kind of fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, M80’s, cherry bombs, salutes, and sparklers. Possession of illegal fireworks is a disorderly person’s offense and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 30 days in jail. Possession with intent to sell is a fourth degree crime, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to 18 months in jail. Possession of destructive devices is a third degree crime with fines of up to $10,000 and incarceration of up to three to five years in jail. Anyone found guilty of using fireworks illegally can be fined up to $500 and/or a jail term of up to 30 days.
The Woodbridge Police Department will respond to any complaints or instances where the use of illegal fireworks jeopardizes public safety and will take appropriate action, including arrests and confiscation of illegal fireworks, to protect public safety.
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