HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne's 2019 celebration of town spirit was on full display this Saturday at Hawthorne Day, held by the Municipal Pool grounds.

Elected officials joined local residents and business owners in an afternoon of family fun and games on the grassy expanse along Wagaraw Road and May Street.  A variety of food vendors, including local establishments such as Villa Rosa and El Gallo, provided plenty of options for visitors to enjoy while listening to live music from the bandshell. Listeners danced along to covers of well-liked pop, rock, and country music while basking in perhaps one of the last sunny summer afternoons of the season.

Below the bandshell area, local service providers, civic organizations, entertainment, and businesses had set up tents and displays for visitors.  Green Team member Holly Cowen shared her photos of local wildlife and promoted the upcoming bird walk on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. The Hawthorne Environmental Commission was set up next door, staffed by Rayna Laiosa and her team. Nearby, the Passaic County S.W.A.T. was stationed and speaking to interested onlookers.

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Children enjoyed many fun activities, from the rock-climbing wall to outdoor laser tag to two bouncy castles.  Local arcade Billy’s Midway also offered a wheel game, which offered different prizes to lucky contestants.

Throughout the festival, signs from the Hawthorne Board of Education reminded residents that on Tuesday, September 24, they will have the opportunity to vote on a $24 million school renovation referendum.

Hawthorne High School cheerleaders demonstrated their routines for the crowds and the marching band played to the delight of those gathered, many of whom family and friends of the students.

On the other side of the pool beyond the outdoor laser tag, a compact petting zoo was a hit with local children and adults alike.  Chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, a donkey, and an alpaca all made an appearance this afternoon, to the great delight of many.

The festivities were concluded with a brilliant display of fireworks, illuminating the night sky with town pride.

Alex Smith contributed to this report.

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