SOMERSET, NJ - If you heard a pop and sizzle Monday night, it wasn’t your imagination. 

Hundreds of local residents gathered for Franklin's Independence Day Celebration at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex. 

Fireworks Grand Finale:

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Attendees were treated to live music by Little Jimmy and The Starlites, and the Community Fellowship Mass Choir of Somerset.

Also performing the Star Spangled Banner was Franklin High School class of 2017 graduate and Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award winner Khailah Johnson. Banner.

Food vendors were on hand serving up a variety of food. 

According to a communication from the township, Philly Pretzel Company, CT’s BBQ, Slim Pickens/Josefa, Mikie Dee-Texas BBQ & Catering, Maglione’s, House of Cupcakes, North East Kettle Korn, and New World Pizza were vendors. 

Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, Bill Hanily-Cub Pack 113, Councilwoman Sherman/Bob Futcher-Franklin Day Festival, Stanley Croughter-Pop Warner, Fran Varacalli-Open Space Consultant, Franklin Township PBA #154, Percy Sanders-Week of the People, Erin L. Blatt- FT Library, and Kid Zone, provided services and information, according to the township. 

Don't worry if you missed out Monday night, there are still a lot of chances to see free fireworks close to home (click headlines below):

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Fireworks have been the traditional means by which American communities celebrate Independence Day.

New Jersey was one of the 13 original American colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, leading to the American Revolution and the eventual defeat of the British in 1781.

Leading America's Continental Army against the British was Gen. George Washington, who spent the winters of 1777 and 1779 with his troops camped out in Somerset County; his headquarters were in Someville at the Wallace House. The troops were spread out along the Raritan River in what is now Manville and Bound Brook.

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