MILLTOWN, NJ - The cancellation of Wednesday's July 4 fireworks put a huge damper on an otherwise picture perfect Fourth of July in Milltown. Many residents took to social media to voice their displeasure upon hearing the annual fireworks display in Gloria Bradford Park needed to be canceled because the company contracted to deliver the fireworks was unable to do so.
The company, Fireworks Extravaganza, was a new one used by the borough's Fourth of July Committee and also failed to deliver Beachwood's fireworks, forcing the cancellation of their display which has been an Ocean County mainstay for 77 years.
Fireworks Extravaganza took to Facebook yesterday to apologize to residents in both Garden State towns. The cancellation of both fireworks displays made national news on July 5 as well.
"I am sorry for yesterday," John Sagana, president of Fireworks Extravaganza wrote in his Facebook post. "I will do anything today to compensate, we will work hard in the coming days to offer a solution no matter what that is. I am a true believer that everything happens for an reason and I want you to know how we feel, who we are and what we believe."
"I hope I have started to accomplish that," Sagana continued. "I will work hard to make sure we do."
Both Milltown and Beachwood have said that makeups dates are not in the works and would prefer refunds.
Dave Potter who is the head of the Milltown's Fourth of July Committee was interviewed by New Channel 4 New York, speaking about the disappointment felt around the borough at the cancellation of the much-anticipated July 4 fireworks display on July 5's evening news.
The Fourth of July Committee works year-round to plan the day-long July 4 celebration that begins with the Fishing Derby and ends with the fireworks.