CRANBURY, NJ – Village Park was alive with the sights and sounds of summer Tuesday night, as several hundred people gathered for the township's annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks display.

Children chased after balls of all shapes and sizes and clambered over playground equipment, while Frisbee discs flew through the air nearby and pick-up games spontaneously organized.

The gazebo lawn was a patchwork of folding chairs and blankets, as groups staked out their spots and listened to the frequently familiar renditions of popular American music from a live orchestra.

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A summertime fixture, Gil & Bert's Ice Cream truck was ready to help beat the evening's heat and humidity with frosty hand-dipped confections.

The music came to an end, however, as dusk fell and the darkening night sky was brilliantly lit by glittering multicolored pyrotechnics.

Eliciting applause and cheers from the crowd, the display continued for approximately half an hour.

Preparing to head home with his chair-pack stowed on his back, Township Committeeman Jay Taylor said he had a great time watching the fireworks with his family.

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