SOMERSET, NJ - Severe thunderstorms could not keep the show from going on. Hundreds of local residents gathered for Franklin's Independence Day Celebration at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex, Tuesday evening. 

Attendees were treated to live music, food trucks, kid activities and of course Fireworks. 

Fireworks Grand Finale:

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Villagers Summer Theatre Art Students performed one of the many live shows. 

FHS Class of 2018 Graduate, Sydney Wade performed her rendition of, Andra Day's, Rise Up, during Franklin's Independence Day Celebration.


Me and Bobby D and the Community Fellowship Mass Choir also performed. Me and Bobby D perform at venues throughout New Jersey. For more information on the band, please visit For more information on the choir, please visit

The event was made possible thanks to a handful of sponsors TAP here for the list. 

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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July 3 and July 4

  • Keansburg at the Keansburg Amusement Park at 9 p.m.

July 4

  • Chatham Borough at Chatham Middle School at dusk
  • Long Branch at the Ocean Promenade at 9 p.m.
  • Milltown at Gloria Bradford Park at 9:30 p.m. (rain date July 7)
  • Monroe Township at Thompson Park at dusk
  • Point Pleasant at Jenkinson's Boardwalk at 9 p.m.
  • Seaside Heights at the boardwalk at 9:30 p.m.

July 5

  • Brick Township at Windward Beach at 9 p.m.
  • Cranbury at Village Park at dusk (rain date July 6)

July 6

  • Atlantic Highlands at Atlantic Highlands Marina at 9:45 p.m. (rain date July 7)
  • Lambertville at Delaware River Towns Chamber or Commerce at 9:30 p.m.

July 7

  • Aberdeen at Cliffwood Beach at 9 p.m.
  • East Windsor Township at Etra Lake Park at 9:30 p.m. (rain date July 14)
  • North Plainfield at West End School Field at dusk (rain date July 14)

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 Somerville 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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