FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington council vice president Kim Tilly announced Thursday during the weekly community Facebook update that the 2020 fireworks have been canceled.

“We [the fireworks committee] have decided to cancel, not postpone this year’s fireworks,” she said. “Unfortunately we don’t feel that come September to possibly do a Labor Day celebration that we’ll be far enough out of this Covid-19 pandemic to allow the large crowd that we draw to this event.”

Mayor Betsy Driver further explained that in order not to lose the funds already paid for this year’s fireworks, a decision about whether to go forward, postpone or cancel had to be made by the end of this month.  Thanks to a long-standing relationship with the vendor, the money already paid will roll forward to next year’s fireworks event.

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In addition, OEM coordinator Cpl Brian McNally announced that Salsa Night and all Classic Car Show events planned for this summer have been cancelled. There is a chance that Salsa Night could be rescheduled for some time in the fall and that a pop-up car show could occur in late summer or early fall if and when gatherings of that size and scope are permissible.

Another big announcement made Thursday was that while the borough is still in reopening Stage 0, Stage 1 will begin on Monday with the opening of borough hall to the public. Access to the building will be changed, and only one person at a time will be allowed to enter.

McNally also said that all stages of the reopening framework will be available next week. Currently, they are developing a new Covid-19 webpage to better allow for resources, documents and testing information to be available to the public.

On a positive note, Tilly and Missy Nemec, representing the fire department, offered information about the upcoming food drive for the Flemington Food Pantry.  The fire department event will take place on May 30 – rain or shine – between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Three fire trucks, plus the chief’s vehicle, will traverse the streets and pick up bagged food left out curbside. A tentative schedule of the routes can be found on the Historic Flemington Borough Facebook page.  

The ladder fire truck will be stationed at the Staples shopping center for drop-offs, and there will be volunteers at the firehouse to accept donations.

“We were looking for a way to give back to the community,” said Nemec.

The mayor reminded everyone that in addition to food and personal care donations, the pantry would appreciate receiving empty egg cartons, for distributing the bulk egg donations it has received.