NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - South Street was bustling this past Monday, July 3rd , with local business representatives, town officials, families, and kids all awaiting the annual New Providence Independence Day fireworks and celebration presented by the New Providence Business Association with Investors Bank as lead sponsor.

Families began setting up camp around 7 p.m. in hopes of getting a great view of the fireworks show which began at 9:30 p.m. By 7:30, the street was filled with music, chalk drawings, and dancing. Every inch of pavement was covered with chalk creations by everyone from toddlers to teens to parents. Kids crowded around the charismatic magician, mesmerized.

At the heart of the event was Club Souren, the source of music and entertainment for the night. A local family business which has been serving New Providence for over 20 years. The DJ, John Souren, helped create a fun atmosphere keeping the crowd involved. Local businesses like NP Fuel, Sharing Network and Investors Bank, as well as many others, sponsored fun prizes and dance competitions throughout the event.

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“The New Providence Business & Professional Association would like to thank all the sponsors that made the Independence Day Fireworks a success," said Ted Kapuscinski, NPBPA Chair of July 3rd Fireworks Event. "The NPBPA would also like to thank the main sponsor, Investors Bank, for their continued support over the past eight years towards the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration. It was a fun night for all that attended!"

Additional event sponsors include Lantern Hill, Dim Sum Villa, Kapuscinski Loungo Architects, Martial Arts for Life, New Providence Downtown Improvement District, Elefante Music, NJ Sharing Network, Club Souren, Steve Mcmahon State Farm Agency [New Providence], NP Fuel and Accent Printing.

When asked about the event, New Providence local Dave Maluso said, “As a resident for 59 years, I have been going to the fireworks for about 50 years and every year it is the highlight of the summer. Now that they close off South Street, it is even more kid friendly. We had family here from California and it was the best fireworks they have ever seen, especially because you can get so close to them and see them right overhead. It is a great thing for the community and makes New Providence what it is.”