So far, I haven't heard of any towns around the Shore canceling their Independence Day celebrations, but a few towns in North Jersey have already made the call.

Last month, Jersey City canceled its entire July 4th Extravaganza. Yesterday, Milltown and Woodbridge announced their celebrations would be canceled and postponed, respectively.

David Potter, president of the Milltown Fourth of July Organization, said the town's July 4th Fun Run, 5K race, parade, park festivities, and fireworks have been canceled.

Mayor John E. McCormac of Woodbridge made the decision to not completely cancel fireworks, instead opting to postpone them to September 6th, Labor Day Weekend.

NY and NJ have been hit the hardest so far, so it's understandable that a place like Jersey City, right across the river from NYC, would be extra-cautious. Woodbridge and Milltown are also much farther north than us in Ocean County. It's been interesting already to see how some towns are taking an aggressive stance to re-opening while others are taking a slower pace - we'll see if any Shore towns follow suit and cancel or postpone.

I love Independence Day, I love the BBQs and fireworks, so I really hope towns in our area keep the celebrations alive. I understand why a town like Jersey City would opt to cancel because they draw 150,000+ people for a huge celebration (Snoop performed in 2018). Our area has a bit more open space, so it seems more likely we'd be able to have a fireworks display and let people keep more distance among themselves. Before the world flipped upside-down, Barnegat had already announced they would move their fireworks from the bayfront to the high school, saying there was more parking at the school. With that in mind, Barnegat should be able to keep that plan, and just make sure that people aren't setting up blankets right on top of each other.

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