BLOOMFIELD, NJ- Patriotism and a sense of community were in the air during last night’s annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular presented by the Township of Bloomfield at Foley Field.

Mayor Michael J. Venezia and Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Michael L. Sceurman began the festivities by welcoming the large gathering on a muggy but clear evening -- perfect conditions for what was to come.    

Several Bloomfield residents were honored with a tribute and commemorative plaque, including Jerry Simon who received the Commissioner’s Award, Barry Weiner and James McDaniel being presented Service Awards, and the Outstanding Citizen Award going to Joseph Ellmer.

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There were plenty of activities for kids and adults alike to keep them occupied throughout the night, including amusements, games and prizes, giant stilt walkers making balloon animals, face painting by Skyline Church members, and a wide variety of food vendors.

 Live music was performed by the band The Koots and live entertainment by Pat Lyons of Midnight DJ Productions.  A stirring rendition of the National Anthem was performed by Diane Aragona of His and Hers Music LLC.

The main event took place shortly after 9:30 pm -- an amazing fireworks display, which was what everyone came to see and concluded a great celebration put together by the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.  

The department has several free concerts and fun family activities coming up this summer, with all the information and dates listed on the TAPinto Bloomfield Community Calendar