OCEAN: At Joe Palaia Park “DJ” Tommy Lynch turned up the music at 6 p.m. to start the Independence Day celebration delayed two days by Hurricane Arthur.
Townspeople and neighbors from nearby began to gather for America’s birthday. At 9:20 Tommy played the National Anthem as the crowds at the main park and at the Dow Avenue fields stood to sing with hands over their hearts.
The Ocean Police Explorers did their part in guiding parking.
The party was on, the clowns were on hand and the music was playing.
Tommy emceed the fun from the stage as kids and grown-ups passed the Hot Potato, swung legs and hips to the Cotton-eye Joe beat, danced the Cha Cha Slide and jumped and jiggled to Hot, Hot, Hot with the Wanamassa Twirlers leading much of the way.
Dow Avenue folks were the late arrivals, but the playground got a good workout before the first boom echoed over the treetops.
It was a happy celebration of the annual ritual that announces our freedom and our debt to the future.
As Mayor Bill Larkin said as he arrived well before the fireworks, “It is great to see this, to see the residents and especially the kids. Let them have a great time.”