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Small Town, Big Celebration: Mountainside's 4th of July Spectacular

Credits: Linda Condrillo
Credits: Linda Condrillo
This "mixed media" side walk chalk rendering featured pennies at the bottom of the "pool." Credits: Linda Condrillo
Back stroker Sophia Taskila of Mountainside pays tribute to her swim team coaches Nicole Attanasio and Emiliano Chirigliano. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Jeff Healy and sons Keegan and Michael wrap up a fun day at the pool. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Credits: Linda Condrillo
Staff and coaches at the pool ensure a fun time for everyone. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Credits: Linda Condrillo
Credits: Linda Condrillo
Sidewalk chalk art lined the entrance of the MCP. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Isobel Bruce of Mountainside and her sidewalk chalk rendering. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Austin Senkarik, Nicco Pecorelli (both future fire fighters) with John Browne of the Mountainside Fire Department hand out glow sticks to the hundreds of people who came to the fireworks display. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Credits: Linda Condrillo
Michael Fusco of Summit Soundz Entertainment provided the tunes at the celebration. Credits: Linda Condrillo
(left) Abby Erasmus, formerly of Mountainside enjoyed sharing her old hometown's annual event with her friends. Credits: Linda Condrillo
(l to r) Candace Simpson and mother Faye Day of Oklahoma enjoyed visiting Mountainside and their visit with daughter/grandaughter Genevieve Cooper and family. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Shannon Lee of New Brunswick and Martin Kasper of Warren both Rutgers University Students learned of the free fireworks online. Credits: Linda Condrillo
A dancer shows off her moves and entertains the crowd. Credits: Linda Condrillo
long time Mountainside residents (left) Melissa Kelleher enjoys a night out with mom, Jody Kelleher, who says "There's no place like Mountainside." Credits: Linda Condrillo
Marianne and Robert Gardella of Mountainside with daughter Tessa and son Nathan enjoyed the pleasant temperatures under the night skies waiting for the big show to begin. Credits: Linda Condrillo
Maria and Mike Wyse of Westfield with daughters Tia, and Lina, and Bella, enjoyed neighboring Mountainside's fireworks. Credits: Linda Condrillo
(l to r) PAL board members Vicki Kolenko, Christopher Minks, and Jeannie Ruban (far right) with Mountainside Police Officer Don Amberg and daughter Reilly at the ice pop station. Credits: Linda Condrillo

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.

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