If you’re old enough you might remember when just about every town had fireworks on the 4th of July to celebrate our nation’s birthday.  That number has dwindled over the years because local municipalities and governments can no longer take on the financial obligation that goes with putting on a show.

However next Tuesday for about the 80th time the Borough of Beachwood will once again play host to something as traditional as putting mustard on hot dogs…I will never understand those that use ketchup. As one who has been directly involved the financial challenge gets greater each year as the fireworks shoot is done through donations from companies like WOBM/Townsquare Media, Comcast, Owen Little & Associates, Suplee, Clooney & Company,  Remington & Vernick Engineers, Riverboat Tours and Connor Strong & Buckelew. Most importantly we rely on individual donations from the public who want to see the tradition continue but those donations have fallen off dramatically in recent years.  We have always said that if everyone who watches the fireworks along the river in Beachwood, Toms River, Pine Beach, Ocean Gate, Island Heights and South Toms River donated just $1.00 then it would easily cover the cost.  That doesn’t even include the hundreds of boats in the river and bay who will drop anchor for a truly great viewing spot.

Beachwood Beach during the Fourth of July fireworks display.
Beachwood Beach during the Fourth of July fireworks display (Townsquare Media NJ)

Beachwood takes the lead with great support from their Police Department along with volunteers from Fire and First Aid squads with area towns helping with traffic control.  Not to be overlooked is the Public Works Department which does outstanding work before and after. Special praise to Councilwoman Bev Clayton who heads up the effort on behalf of the borough.

If part of your July 4th celebration includes viewing the fireworks please send a donation of any amount to:

Beachwood Fireworks

c/o Borough Hall

1600 Pinewald Road

Beachwood, NJ  08722

The fireworks go off around 9 o’clock and 92.7 WOBM will provide a music soundtrack to go along with the oohs and ahhs so wherever you are watching tune us in.

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