SOMERSET, NJ - Thousands of residents from here and surrounding towns gathered for Franklin's Independence Day Celebration at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex, Wednesday evening. 

Attendees lined up for various food trucks, vendors and children activities while waiting for the fireworks show. 

There were also musical performances on the main stage by Little Jimmy and the StarLites, the Community Fellowship Mass Choir of Somerset and the Villagers Theatre TeensVill ensemble.

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The New Brunswick Jazz Project Band played at the newly constructed Franklin Gazebo. Local standout talents Ricky Frances and Maleah Moon performed the Star Spangled Banner.

Don't worry if you missed out Wednesday night, there are still a lot of chances to see 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 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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