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Photos: Hasbrouck Heights 34th Annual Fireworks

Everyone was all smiles as the weather cleared for the annual Hasbrouck Heights Fireworks on Thursday night at Depken Field. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A dunk tank was one of several entertainments activities that children could enjoy before the show. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Two inflatables were available for children. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Boys toss the frisbee around before the fireworks. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
It was a perfect night to enjoy something cold before the show. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Friends relaxed on a blanket before the fireworks. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Kids were having a good time before the ceremonies and show. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Someone got a private tour of the EMS truck. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Boys hung out at the field before the show. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department's Honor Guard opened the evening. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The VFW Honor Guard. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" were song by Florianna Heun. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Pastor Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church gave the Invocation. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The audience at attention during the National Anthem. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Mayor Jack DeLorenzo welcomed the crowd. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Bergen County Undersheriff Bob Colaneri addressed the audience. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
People also sat in the football bleachers to enjoy the show. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
It was a night for families to enjoy together. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A boy chases a balloon before the show began. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A look at people on the football field minutes before the show began. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The 34th annual Hasbrouck Heights Fireworks, sponsored by the Lions Club. Credits: Cindy Nevins
After the sun went and and lights were off, the show began Credits: Cindy Nevins
The program was approximately 30 minutes. Credits: Cindy Nevins
The fireworks created unique patterns. Credits: Cindy Nevins
The show was sent to popular and patriotic songs. Credits: Cindy Nevins

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Even a dinnertime downpour couldn't put the damper on the 34th Annual Hasbrouck Heights Fireworks, sponsored by the Lions Club, at Depken Field on Thursday night.

The gates opened at 7 p.m. People laid out blankets and set up camp chairs. There were inflatables games for children. And John Hoehl was the man in the dunk tank.

Ceremonies officially started at 8:30 p.m. with the entrance of Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and VFW Post 4591 Honor Guards. Master of Ceremonies Thomas Mason introduced each of the guests. The Invocation was given by Pastor Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church. Mayor Jack DeLorenzo welcomed the audience. Bergen County Undersheriff Bob Colaneri represented Sheriff Michael Saudino. 

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Mason read the names of the 12 soldier from Hasbrouck Heights who perished in World World I and honored them with a moment of silence. 

At 9:30 p.m. the field lights went out for the 30-minute fireworks display, accompanied by songs including "R.O.C.K. in the USA," "Born in the USA," "Party in the USA" and "Proud to be an American."

(Editor's Note: Cindy Nevins contributed fireworks photos for this article.)


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