PISCATAWAY, NJ — Thousands of Piscataway families and friends, many dressed in the red, white, and blue colors of the American flag gathered in and around the high school’s football stadium to watch the township’s fireworks display celebrating the country’s 241st birthday Tuesday night.

The annual event began with a festival in the PHS loop that included barbecue, fresh lemonade and kettle corn food vendors, and a bounce house and carnival rides for the little ones.

As the sun went down, the number of attendees grew as attention turned toward the football field, as droves of spectators claimed their spots on the turf and in the stands, all facing Green Acres Park where the evening’s fireworks were set to launch after dusk.

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There, clowns entertained long lines of children twisting balloons into fun shapes, while a DJ played familiar tunes during dance and hula hoop competitions.

A live singer led attendees with the Star Spangled Banner before chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” echoed throughout the stadium, marking the start of what some said was a spectacular fireworks display. 

At the end, thunderous applause was heard and many noted, including the Piscataway police who, in a Facebook post, said the fireworks finale was impressive.

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