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East Brunswick Brings Back Fourth Of July Festivities in Grand Style

A fireworks display that rivaled anything one would see in New York City was the highlight of the festivities Credits: Rob Rakossy
The Emulators performing Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer. One of many tunes the band performed during a great performance as part of East Brunswick's 4th of July Celebration. Credits: Rob Rakossy
The Adult competition in the East Brunswick Chicken Wing Eating Contest, sponsored by the East Brunswick Grove.  There were competitions in children's, teen, and adult levels, with prizes for each. Credits: Rob Rakossy
We don't know if Pepto Bismol was needed later, but the champion was in the mix in this chicken wing eating close up. Credits: Rob Rakossy
Spectators didn't want the show to end! Credits: Rob Rakossy
Fireworks light up the East Brunswick Night Sky! Credits: Rob Rakossy
Ooohs and Ahhs were everywhere from the large crowd watching at the Community Arts Center Credits: Rob Rakossy
East Brunswick Democratic Council Candidates Adam Neary, Donna McEvoy, and Edward Janzekovich were out meeting township residents and enjoying the 4th of July while campaigning. Credits: Rob Rakossy
East Brunswick Republican Councilmen and Candidates for Re-election Jim Wendell and Michael Hughes meeting with residents and enjoying the 4th of July festivities.  Councilman Wendell later was the judge in the chicken wing eating contest. Credits: Rob Rakossy

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The day started with weather that left everybody concerned that a postponement was inevitable.  However mother nature decided to cooperate, and the winds of Arthur blew away, the weather clearing and improving as each hour passed.  This left a glorious later afternoon and evening, with the sun finally shining and enabling East Brunswick to celebrate the return of the Fourth of July celebration in town for the first time in a few years.

The event, run by EB Recreation, and sponsored by General Heating and Cooling, with co-sponsors Freedman Chiropractic and the East Brunswick Grove brought out a tremendous crowd to enjoy food and drink from various vendors and restaurants in the area.  Everyone also enjoyes music from both The Emulators as well as Brian Kirk and the Jirks.  At 7PM, everyone got to "enjoy" watching the participants in the Chicken Wing Eating contest, sponsored by The Brunswick Grove, and judged by East Brunswick Councilman Jim Wendell.

All of that was a precursor to the main event of the evening, which everyone patiently waited for darkness.  At which point, the long awaited return of East Brunswick's annual fireworks display took place, and it was most certainly worth the wait.  Everyone that viewed the fireworks agreed it was one of the best that they had seen, including many who said it rivaled any put on in New York City.  It is hoped that this return of the annual fireworks will be made permanent. 


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