Independence Day festivities began with many Borough residents celebrating family fun under sunny skies at the Mountainside Community Pool.  Sidewalk chalk renderings paying tribute to America lined the entrance to the facility where patrons enjoyed water games, barbeque and  sharing laughs with family and friends.

Ten year old Keegan Healy enjoyed several trips up and down the big slide in the deep water tank with his brother Michael and father Jeff Healy. Keegan told TAPinto, “Independence Day kind of makes me think of my dad, and when he came back from Iraq.”  Mr. Healy is an Army Veteran and also Scoutmaster of Pack 177 in Mountainside.  Only five years old at the time of his father's return, Keegan remarked, “It was probably hardest on my mom with six kids at home when my dad was away.” 

Just before dusk, hundreds of people gathered on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Central Avenue for the 2017 fireworks spectacular, courtesy of the Mountainside Fire Department, Police Athletic League (PAL) and Town Council. 

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Folks were greeted by volunteers from the Fire Department with glow sticks, and treated to ice pops courtesy of PAL, as they enjoyed listening to the tunes of DJ Michael Fusco of Summit Soundz Entertainment before the really big show began.

The fireworks display was once again a crowd pleaser with a grand finale so spectacular; it seemed to illuminate all who came to celebrate the birth of our nation, officially 241 years old today.