MILLBURN, NJ - The festivities for Fourth of July in Millburn ended with a bang, as hundreds of town residents trekked over to the high school, to take part in the fair and watch the annual fireworks display.
Rides, games, food and other activities were available for residents who paid the entry fee. For the younger set, bounce houses were set up. For the older kids and children at heart, a pedestal battle game was set up. Additionally, there was face painting, freshly-squeezed lemonade and more activities.
Diane Vargas, a Millburn High School student, was one of the people in attendance at the afternoon and evening festival. She said that she enjoyed the program and everything that came with it.
"I really like the festival," Vargas said. "It's really family oriented. I love seeing everyone come together as a community and just be here celebrating our independence and just having a really good time."
I think it's really fun for the kids," Vargas added. "The teenagers have fun too. The adults can have a nice, quiet, relaxed day where their kids are having fun. And the fireworks after, it really brings it all together."
As the sun set, attendees moved down towards the high school field and set up lawn chairs and blankets for the show.
Marielle Jurist was one of the volunteers standing by the field entrances. Her father Michael Jurist is one of the Fourth of July committee members, as well as the current president.
As a result, Jurist has been working the festival for a few years now. She said it is nice to see people come to the fireworks, even people she has never met before.
"I've been going this a couple years," Jurist said. "It's been a family affair for a couple years, and it's really nice to come together with my community and give some time up. It's really fun, and I notice that every year it changes a little bit. This year, there's more and more new families coming in, and you meet new faces and it's just fun, I just really enjoy it."
As the sky darkened, and the time hit 9:30 p.m., the display began. The crowd was able to enjoy a lengthy fireworks display. As the show ended, the crowd dispersed and headed on its way.
Chris Drucker, one of the Millburn Fourth of July Committee members who had worked to set everything up earlier in the week watched as the crowd streamed out of the field gates and towards their cars to head out into the night.
Summing up the day's events, Drucker simply said that it all went incredibly well.
"I think this year's fireworks display was one of the best Millburn/Short Hills had in a while," Drucker said. "By all the smiling faces that were here today, it was a huge success."