Swimming, sparks, and celebration
More than 1,000 come out for Independence Day fireworks
by Adriana Rambay Fernández
Reporter Staff Writer
Jul 08, 2012 | 6209 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
READY FOR BOOM! – Sisters Olivia, 1, and Meredith Ho, 5, enjoy free treats at the annual Secaucus July 4 celebration.
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Over 1,000 Secaucus residents, Swim Center members, and their guests came out for the annual Independence Day celebration on July 2 at the local pool. Visitors swam, ate free hot dogs and ice cream, rode a mechanical bull and topped off the evening with fireworks.

“It’s great that families are out and kids are out,” said John Schwartz, director of the recreation center and town pool.

With free food, ice cream, swimming, music, and kids attractions, residents return with their families and friends time and time again for a night that culminates in a lit up sky over Secaucus.

“You can’t ask for a nicer day,” said John Voli, director of recreation. He was happy that the municipality can continue to offer the celebration by keeping costs low and celebrating days before the actual Fourth.

Residents like Mercedes and Nicole Quintanilla have returned year after year to the local celebration for the past twelve years.

“We just come here to watch the fireworks,” said Nicole. She had picked a spot on the grassy lawn hours before the fireworks were set to begin and had readied in for an entertaining evening.


“You can’t ask for a nicer day.” – John Voli


Voli said that seniors knew where the best seats were and had set up lawn chairs right in front of the pavilion.

“They know the best spot,” said Voli.

However, most people had a great view of explosive fireworks that filled up the sky with light after sunset.

“People get to see people they don’t often see,” said Councilman William McKeever. “It is a great sense of community.”

Adriana Rambay Fernández may be reached at afernandez@hudsonreporter.com.

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