With Thursday night's announcement by Governor Phil Murphy of the extension of the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency for another 30 days, one of Ocean County's most popular summer events has officially been postponed.

In a Friday announcement, Beachwood Mayor Ron Roma announced that this year's traditional 4th of July Fireworks on the Toms River will be postponed to Labor Day Weekend.

In the Friday press release, Mayor Roma explains that the Independence Day event that draws more than 15,000 people annually simply can't be conducted under the current state guidelines for social distancing on the 4th of July with yesterday's 30-day extension of the emergency order.

The new date that Beachwood officials have set for the Fireworks on the Toms River will be Saturday, September 5th, 2020.

The press release goes on to encourage residents to mark the occasion of our country's founding on the 4th of July, "...by flying your American flags proudly".

Mayor Roma also sends a reminder to those who plan to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks to do so carefully, writing, "...practicing fireworks safety is a must".

It's only been a few years since New Jersey's fireworks laws were expanded to include a much wider variety. Before 2017, even sparklers were illegal in the Garden State.

Some towns in New Jersey cancelled or postponed their 4th of July celebrations as far back as mid-May, with Milltown cancelling their celebration and Woodbridge postponing theirs also to Labor Day Weekend.

Stay with us for the latest on summer event cancellations, postponements, and rescheduling.

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