Hazlet Township's impressive fireworks display will be held on Tuesday, July 3, for all to enjoy. The raindate is Friday, July 6.
The Hazlet Township Committee voted Monday to authorize the show, sponsored by the township Recreation Commission at a cost of around $10,000. The fireworks will be set off from Veteran's Memorial Park on Union Avenue, where there will be food vendors and music.
But as many locals know, that is not the only place to see the show, which kicks off around 9:20 p.m. Carloads of families pack up the bug spray and blankets and set off for prime viewing spots in the parking lots of Dearborn Market, Kohl's Shopping Center, Raritan High School, the Hazlet Swim Club and all along Middle Road.
Recreation Dept. Coordinator Barbara Ronchetti said the crowds of viewers will certainly be thicker than usual this year. "With Red Bank's fireworks being cancelled, we're expecting a lot more people," she said.
The popular July 3 KaBoom! fireworks show over the Navesink, which attracted 100,000 people annually, was cancelled in February. Organizers said it became unsustainable due to soaring security and insurance costs, and mounting public safety concerns.