RED BANK, NJ: Tonight, on July 3, 2020, to safeguard supporters, Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Foundation will not be hosting the annual Family Fireworks on the Navesink event this year.

However, the traditional fireworks display will still go off between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and will be dedicated to the community’s frontline workers, including health care heroes and other essential personnel.

“Fireworks on the Navesink River are a time-honored tradition and while we are not able to gather in person, we are thrilled to be able to put them on the for the community as a way to express our gratitude for the heroes among us, while raising money for a great cause,” says Robert C. Garrett, chief executive officer, Hackensack Meridian Health.

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“Riverview Medical Center has invested an extraordinary amount of funds to acquire ventilators, disinfecting machines, temporary tenting and personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight COVID-19 and to prepare for any potential resurgences — making community support more important than ever.”

The fireworks are traditionally visible along the Navesink River in the section nearest the Oceanic Bridge.  Hackensack Meridian Health encourages all individuals gathering to watch fireworks at any location throughout New Jersey to practice safe social distancing and masking.

The expense of the display was generously underwritten by the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.  

All donations made will support the ongoing efforts at Riverview Medical Center to care for patients during this crisis and beyond.

Gifts are 100 percent tax-deductible and can be made at, by calling 201-317-5397 or emailing

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