Perth Amboy Skips Fireworks, Holds Bell Ringing Ceremony

PERTH AMBOY – The city will not be hosting an Independence Day fireworks show this year due to the affects of Superstorm Sandy on the Perth Amboy waterfront.

However, as a colonial-era capital of New Jersey, Perth Amboy will continue its tradition of ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m. on July 4 to mark the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The Proprietary House, former residence of colonial Governor William Franklin located at 49 Kearny Avenue, will be open at noon to offer tours and refreshments to the public. A procession from the Proprietary House will begin at 1 p.m. and proceed to the City Hall Circle for the bell ringing ceremony. The bell is rung 13 times, once ring for each of the 13 colonies, annually.

The entire event is free and open to the public.

The City of Perth Amboy administrative offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, due to the observance of Independence Day. Offices will re-open on Friday, July 5. Public Safety remains in operation. For all emergencies call 9-1-1. Garbage will not be collected on July 4. It will be collected on your next regular scheduled pick-up day.

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