TOMS RIVER – On the Fourth of July, there will be a fireworks celebration in Shelter Cove rather than over the Toms River.
The display will begin at nightfall, just after 9 p.m., police said.
“In an effort to prevent large groups from congregating, to comply with social distancing guidelines, and in recognition of limited parking, we are encouraging residents to pre-plan alternative locations to view the display as it will be widely visible from many locations around town and on the island,” police said.
The restrooms and the beach will e closed at 3:30 p.m. to the general public. A safety zone in the water will be patrolled by police and fire personnel. Expect to see police and emergency personnel.
The closest parking lot must be vacated and the far one will fill quickly. Once that is full, attendees will be turned away. There is no parking on the grass. Therefore, police are encouraging people view them from alternate locations.
Music for the show can be heard on 95.9 WRAT Radio.
“We’d like to remind everyone that commercial fireworks are illegal to set off,” police said. “Please leave commercial displays to trained professionals. We understand celebrations can sometimes be difficult for autistic and special needs children and adults, combat veterans with PTSD, as well as pets. If you live in the immediate neighborhood please take necessary precautions during the display to ensure everyone has a peaceful evening. Enjoy the beautiful day and be safe!”
The police reminded people that fireworks are legal to anyone 16 or older are allowed to have non-explosive, non-aerial fireworks such as hand-held and ground based sparklers and novelty items like poppers and snappers. All other types of fireworks, including firecrackers, aerials, sky rockets/bottle rockets, single-tube device with report, reloadable shell device/Roman candles, are still illegal to sell, use or possess in the State of New Jersey.
A fireworks committee in Beachwood usually runs the July 4th event. However, due to social distancing requirements, they decided to put it off until Sept. 5, on Labor Day weekend.