Ocean Township:Weather was hot on July 3 at Palaia Park where the new band shell had Sax Man Dan of the Entertainment Makers had his cd music turned up strong. Early birds were getting settled for the fireworks at dusk. The recorded music played was popular bad from the ages that fit the guests.
Food trucks were there early and popularly received. All was going great, including the Police Explorers youth group directing the car parking. They use their tips for programs they attend as they learn and later positively become productive, contributing members in their years ahead. They develop important skills and have fun.
Positioned by the big tent, fancy garbed clowns inflated balloons to look life puppies, and soccer ball kickers also had a good time, as did the football throwers. And it is baseball season for sure.
As the dark settled in everyone got ready. The music changed to singing the National Anthem by high schooler Claire Taylor, an Ocean resident with a terrific voice. She aspires to study at the Julliard School as she pursues a classical singing interest. She thrilled the crowd as they joined in as she sang.
Fireworks watchers were positioned all over Palaia, including the park field near Dow Avenue. Many enjoy that site as they watch the display high above the park trees, an exciting experience.
The show lasted quite a while and delighted the cheering crowds, adults and kids.
The Nation's birthday was celebrated in wonderful fashion.