FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – Franklin residents and those visiting Franklin had the opportunity to enjoy activities and fun in Franklin from the early daytime, until after dark.
Franklin Borough celebrated its annual Franklin Day event on Saturday, July 12 at the Franklin Pond, with fun, food, and festivities.
Many local groups, such as Cub Scout Pack 90, and the Girl Scouts, offered some fair type fare to enjoy, like funnel cake, and deep-fried Girl Scout cookies. Grilled specialties and favorites including Pierogies, were also on the menu at this annual tradition.The Bodhi Tree was one of the vendors on location, serving up iced coffees and tea specialties.
Activities galore took place during the day, including dancing, the Little Miss and Miss Franklin contest, a car show, a pie-eating contest, and many more. A bounce house and climbing wall were additionally present for children to show off their acrobatic and daredevil skills. One of the newest attractions this year was the mechanical bull, which many took a go at. Some walked around with their faces painted, while carrying around balloon art creations that a clown in a colorful purple wig spent time making for the children. Spongebob walked around and greeted the youngsters, as well as danced with them on the basketball court. Some of the kids dunked some hoops, while others rode their scooters around, as other spontaneous activities.
Organizations like the Franklin Historical Society, the Franklin Presbyterian Church, HEALS Rescue, the Wallkill Valley Elite, and many more, had tables at the event.
The day concluded with a spectacular fireworks display, which locals say is unrivaled in the county in terms of fireworks.
Mayor Paul Crowley attended Franklin Day, visiting the booths and stopping to speak to residents. He said many residents tend to arrive later in the day with their families, to enjoy dinner and then stay for the fireworks.
Crowley was correct, as the attendance swelled as dusk settled in the park area.
“The weather was perfect,” said Joe Martinez, who is part of Franklin Borough’s Recreation Committee. “It’s fun, we’ve got a lot of people this year. It gets better every year.”
A light session of sprinkles dropped on the area as the skies darkened, then stopped, and the group readied for the fireworks display. The fireworks boomed into the sky at about 9:30 p.m., and the lights went down in the park for all to enjoy, as the moon, shrouded partially in clouds, cast an orange glow over the park. The crowd cheered at the start of the massive fireworks extravaganza, and throughout the spectacular show.
Thank you to the Recreation Committee for allowing us to publish some photos below, mixed in with ours. We have also included our photos and video of some highlights from last night’s beautiful fireworks display.
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