West Orange High School Fields Packed With Residents for Fourth of July Activities

Fireworks at WOHS. Credits: Andew Cumming
Fireworks at WOHS. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Fireworks at WOHS. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Fireworks at WOHS. Credits: Andrew Cumming
The Rotary Club sold refreshments. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Rec Director Bill Kehoe. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Rob and Sheila Parisi help with races. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Ayesha Aly Ahmed sells tickets.  There was a small charge for children's activities to help cover the cost of expenses. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Neil Kehoe, Mike Wahlers, and Angel White volunteer at the Prize Table. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Sal, Justin and Christian Anderton enjoy shaved ices. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Officers Shluker, Bell and Mignone at WOHS. WOPD and Auxiliary police officers helped direct traffic and ensure safety at WOHS and Eagle Rock Reservation. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Pony Rides. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Pony rides. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
9 and 10 Year Old Girls Race. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
9 and 10 Year Old Boys Race. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Inflatable rides. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Face Painting. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Airbrush Tattooing. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Games. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
The Rolling Tones perform. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

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.  

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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.


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