Hillsborough Fireworks Date Announced

Drum roll please! The Hillsborough summer fireworks date has been announced!

Most of you are used to reading blogs from me that have a little more meat and potatoes to them. (Pun intended–like my last blog on .) Never fear, those blogs will be here! However, one of my readers asked the burning question–when will the take place this year? (Good question, I might add.)

So, in between me running around interviewing my next blog-star, , I followed up with Hillsborough Mayor Carl Suraci to see if a date for the summer celebration had been set.

“The event will be held Friday, June 29, with the rain date being Saturday, July 7.  We are working out a few more details surrounding the event,” Mayor Suraci announced.

He also remarked that they will have a formal press release in the near future outlining more of the celebration details.

So dust off those backyard barbecues and get out the lawn chairs, because the fireworks are back! 

Surprisingly, I can be short and sweet, and to the point, too!

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Harold Levin April 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Any word on how this will be funded? With property taxes going up and a municipal employee being reduced from the budget, I hope private donations cover the cost.
Laura Madsen April 27, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Not yet. My guess is that may be mentioned in the official press release.
centurion April 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It is worth it even if Hillsborough taxpayers have to foot the bill. It's one of things that brings the town together, and it's a truly American event. The years it didn't happen, it felt like the year was incomplete. We need all the days we can wave the flag we can get.
Laura Madsen April 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
centurion, I completely agree on all counts!
Deadone53 April 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Lets just hope they don't keep postponing it, and the finally not having it at all like last years...( which was supposed to have been privately funded ) I believe by bateman?
Laura Madsen April 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Pete Biondi was one of the people that was supposed to fund it last year. I hope it's not postponed either!
Steve April 28, 2012 at 08:03 PM
This will be my 3rd 4th of July in Hillsborough and I have yet to see fireworks from here, I hope we get them this year.
Laura Madsen April 28, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I hope you do, too, Steve! They have done a really great job in the past with them.
Curt Carnes April 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Centurion, Isn’t it just a but hypocritical to equate your desire to see fireworks funded by taxpayers money, and without doubt against others peoples desires to being American? What happened to individual freedoms, a corner stone of what our country once stood for? Is your desire really that different than that of the OWSer, who want to use our government to take money from one group and give it to another? I agree with Harold. As nice as the fireworks are, is it really fair to force an elderly Hillsborough resident, who has no interest in seeing fireworks and who is hardly making ends meet, pay for them? I say, bring on the fireworks and bring on the private funding!! Actually it would be interesting if the township set up a donation box for the fireworks at the municipal building, just to see how many people would really want to pay for them!!!
Steve April 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Curt, I agree, fireworks are not an essential government service. In my last town local business made donations to pay for them and in return they got sponsorship recognition.
Curt Carnes April 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Steve, Part 1 Thanks for your support, I’m usually call a killjoy or worse. Anyway, a few years back the fireworks were actually canceled by the TC because of budget constraints. Again to Harold’s point, the township was laying off workers back then and also telling the remaining workers, they would have to take pay cuts, and or pay more for their benefits. I think the TC did the right thing then, when you consider the plight of a laid- off worker watching his salary go up in smoke. (no pun intended) Very distasteful if you ask me. Then and much to their credit Peter Biondi and TD bank announced they’d sponsor the event. Today, I hope the TC will continue this new paradigm of private funding, and to your point Steve, that of local business making donations to pay for them in return for sponsorship recognition, is an excellent idea! To my POV, this is the way America works, people voting with their dollars everyday to obtain what they want. Not people demanding the government to take something from someone to give it to someone else!
Curt Carnes April 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Steve, Part II “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005)
Laura Madsen April 29, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I see your points, Curt and Steve. However, people also get the choice how they would like to see government funds allocated when they vote for officials, too. Since there is not a line item veto or approval for every expenditure that a government can make, we entrust our elected officials to make the best decisions regarding any funds that they receive. When the elderly resident in your example feels that her tax dollars would be better spent on other things, she has the ability to go to the polls and elect people she feels would represent her interest. Some people may support the use of some of those funds towards events like a fireworks celebration. Some may not. Either way, sources of funding for this event have not been announced yet. And I love the fireworks!
Curt Carnes April 29, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Laura, Yes indeed, we all do have the right to vote them in or out. As for me, and many others too, I will always choose leadership that shows true stewardship of our American way of life, and our tax money too! Using the government to provide something for somebody, at someone else’s expense is just plain wrong in my book, and oh BTW that political philosophy has brought forth some dismal, and in fact violent governments in the world's history! Okay, I guess I might be getting a little heavy here for fireworks, and a nice Sunday afternoon, so i'll exit stage right! PS, I like the fireworks too, but that is besides the point, at least for this discussion.
Steve April 30, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Curt, from what I was told by my senior neighbors, the senior citizens groups do a lot of volunteer work for past shows and at other celebrations. That is great that they help out with their time at no cost to the tax payers. I have never been to the fireworks venue, but I guess there may be snack trucks, vendors, etc, there. Not sure if the town charges for permits. But if they don't that is an other way to get some revenue for the fireworks display and show.
sammy April 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If the town finds the money and still can provide the services we expect than great! They should pay for them and if TD and other private sources want to partner and make it bigger and take some of the costs off the backs of the taxpayer - even better. The resident voter who is upset about it can vote their displeasure at the ballot box. This is a worthwhile endeavor for the town to take up once again - as long as services are still provided as before at no extra costs... especially this year since the snow money must still be there!
jschnyderite June 20, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Are you able to see fireworks from the brookview condos? between new amwell and bloomingdale
Trish Molina June 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
What time will it start?
Laura Madsen June 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Signs around town say 6:30pm for the events at Auten Rd. school. They also say that parking is available at the high school and I believe the middle school. The fireworks themselves don't start until around 9pm, judging by my past experience, because it has to get dark first.
Laura Madsen June 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I'm not sure.... trees may partially obstruct the way. I guess it depends on your vantage point. You could always walk out to Auten Road and see them from there.
Trish Molina June 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Okay, thanks! I wasn't sure how early or how late the fireworks would actually start.


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