MILLBURN, NJ - Ever hear that history repeats itself? Millburn's annual July fourth celebration proved that it can, even hundreds of years later.
There was family fun for all at Taylor Park today. Events included Revolutionary War reenactments by the Morgan Rifles, equipped with old cannons, rifles, replica flags and, of course, people dressed in character costumes. There were also children's games, blow up rides, and pony rides. The park was brimming with children and adults alike enjoying the early afternoon sunshine and celebratory atmosphere.
College student Helen Alto was among those in the crowd appreciating the annual celebration. Alto believes that Millburn did a great job providing a place for people to celebrate America's Independence Day.
"It's just a great family event where both kids and adults can have fun," she said.
Ed Mathay, who came to the event with his son and his family for the first time, also thought the event was great for families. He said that he thinks events like this should happen more often.
"I think it's hot in every way," he laughed. "It's a wonderful event."
Millburn's Fourth of July celebration didn't just draw in local citizens, however. Douglas Twyford of England was at this year's festivities. He is in the United States for a five week trip, visiting his daughter in Short HIlls. Walking around the festivities in a tan hat with the American flag stuck in the side, he couldn't help but admire the patriotic ambience.
"We wanted to see this extravaganza put on by Millburn Township," he said.
Twyford enjoyed seeing people smiling and having a good time. He also said that this is a safe place for everybody to enjoy themselves, which is very important to him.
Other activities scheduled for the day included the flag raising, the presentation of the Patriot Award to the Girl Scouts, an All-Star softball game, Family Field Games and a fireworks display to conclude the evening. Millburn's Independence Day celebration proved to be an exciting and fun time for people of all ages and origins.
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