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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