WEST ORANGE, NJ - The football and soccer fields at West Orange High School were packed this evening with West Orange residents who came out to enjoy the township's Fourth of July fireworks and activities. Though temperatures remained warm, a balmy breeze blew as residents enjoyed the yearly fireworks display, played games, participated in races, and listened to the sounds of the "Rolling Tones" cover band.
The West Orange Police and Auxiliary Police departments were present to direct traffic and ensure the safety of all. Parking was at a premium as residents filed into the high school sports complex. The Rotary club sold refreshments to raise money for their "Dictionary Project" which provides dictionaries to all third grade students in West Orange elementary schools. A small fee was charged for tickets and access to all children's activities to help defray costs.
The yearly event is sponsored by West Orange township and run by the Recreation Department under the direction of West Orange resident Bill Kehoe, who also celebrated his birthday today.
In addition to the directing traffic around the high school, police managed traffic by Eagle Rock Reservation at Prospect Avenue. An entire lane was cordoned off for those who had parked in the K-Mart Shopping Plaza to watch the Macy's fireworks from Eagle Rock Reservation, and traffic crawled in the area as the high school and Macy's fireworks ended.