No Fireworks in Asbury, Blasphemy! Get Bruce on the phone Stat!
As New Jersey entered into this new welcoming phase of Covid19, the thought of a normal summer has been overwhelmingly exciting. The mask mandate is lifted. We can gather in larger groups again. Families can interact in the same room, and hug each other. Proms and graduations can take place. Birthday and Father’s Day can be celebrated with family and friends and not by means of a drive-by caravan.
After the year we all experienced, what better way to bring the community together and celebrate these new beginnings than with a traditional 4th of July fireworks display. Despite the new developments, not if you live in Asbury Park.
According to Michael J. Manzella, the Asbury Park director of transportation and the deputy city manager, the company employed to run the city’s fireworks over the years decided not to hold fireworks show for the 4th of July this year.
"The decision was made not to have fireworks this year, and the city supports iStar’s decision." Asbury Park Mayor John Moor wayed in this week pointing to safety as being a big reason. “There was no way we could enforce social distancing. There was no way we could enforce some of the governor's executive orders."
It’s important to note this decision was made before Governor Murphy lifted the state's Covid19 safeguards. Even so, the city and iStar will not budge.
Sandy, the fireworks will not be “hailing over Little Eden” this July 4th.