LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to honor and thank the volunteer members of Livingston’s 4th of July Celebration Committee, the mayor and council issued them with a citation proclaiming that the committee’s “planning, conducting and supervising of Livingston’s Independence Day activities ensures that the young and the young of heart will continue to enjoy this wonderful Livingston tradition.”
Declaring that the 2019 event was the best he has personally ever attended in Livingston, Mayor Al Anthony also noted that the general feedback from attendees indicated that the fireworks display never had a lull, that the bands were all outstanding, that the recently started Cricket expedition gets more popular every year, that the auto show gets increasingly harder to judge due to the volume of cars and that the beer and wine café was so crowded that the area needs to be expanded next year.
Co-chairs Scott Maynard and Elliot Sherman explained that the committee members meet once a month from January through June to prepare, and that several of the members have been on the committee since the 1980s.
“This is one of the greatest programs that Livingston does,” said Maynard. “The scary thing is that this year went so well [and] you guys did such a great job that what are we going to do next year to make it even better? That's always a challenge; not every year can be the greatest."
Maynard acknowledged a few members of the group, such as Steve Lichtenstein, who is the brains behind the 26-year-old car show and visits other area car shows throughout the year with several other committee members in order to make new relationships and recruit competitors. After a record 197 vehicles were entered in the auto show this year, Lichtenstein has already begun planning for 2020.
Special thanks were also extended to the members of the Livingston Department of Public Works, the police and fire departments, the township manager and township council, all those who helped to promote the event, the many local events sponsors and Liliana Branquinho, Program Supervisor for Senior and Adult Enrichment and Special Events for Livingston Township.
"I'm just glad that they're still having fun, that's what's amazing,” Branquinho said of the committee. “It's a 14-hour day in 95 degree weather and I'm just elated because these people here are the epitome of volunteerism. This is what Livingston represents and I'm honored to work with them."