SOMERSET, NJ - There will be no Independence Day fireworks over the municipal complex on Friday, July 3, “due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Gov. Phil Murphy repealed his Stay at Home Executive Order on Tuesday after it had been in effect since March to promote social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, he is still calling for New Jerseyans to wear face coverings and remain 6 feet apart.

An alert from the township left the possibility of a future Independence Day celebration. 

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"While limits on outdoor gatherings continue to be raised, precautionary measures remain in place to promote public safety and social distancing," an email alert from the township reads. "Many thanks to our residents for continuously supporting this extraordinary celebration of American independence.  We look forward to joining together again as a united community once health conditions will permit.  Until then have a safe, happy and healthy holiday."

2019 Fireworks Display:

 

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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