CRANFORD - Last year, citing safety concerns, the traditional Cranford Fourth of July fireworks display at Nomahegan Park was moved up to July 2. That will again be the case for 2020.

Though the decision didn't sit well last year with Cranford residents, town officials defended their decision explaining that there are multiple fireworks displays in Union County Parks on July 4 and county resources are spread thin. Moving the event to July 2 facilitates the appropriation of additional county and state resources necessary to ensure the safety of spectators during this event.

"The decision to change the date of this family-friendly tradition celebrating America's freedom was not taken lightly," said Township Administrator Jamie Cryan, CPM, in June of 2019. "It came after months of monitoring and collecting analysis from the Office of Emergency Management, Cranford Police Department, and Cranford Fire Department. We are blessed to have world-class public safety professionals looking out for our residents."

At Monday's Township Committee Workshop Meeting, Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin stated that he met with the Emergency Management Coordinator and that the recommendation for the 2020 fireworks is to hold the display on the night of Thursday, July 2, and the date was confirmed on Wednesday.