Fireworks once again will light up the Manchester's sky in celebration of Independence Day.
Last year's display at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting was canceled due to budget constraints, but Mayor Michael Fressola said that an "explosive" event will be held on Saturday, June 30.
"We heard the disappointment of our residents so we have made other sacrifices during the year in order to provide our residents with a celebration that young and old want and deserve," Fressola said in a statement.
With no display held in Manchcester during its Independence Day celebration last year, Lakehurst saw what officials called a record-high turnout at its Lake Horicon Park festivities. Some residents expressed displeasure with the Manchester's lack of fireworks display and came before the township council to express their displeasure.
Officials are asking the public to chip in if they would like to help support the fireworks display.
"As suggested by some of our residents, the township will be accepting donations to assist with assuring we will be able to sustain the day’s events this year and in the future," Fressola said.
Those who would like to donate can send a check, made payable to the Manchester Day Trust Fund, to Manchester Day Trust Fund, Attn: Recreation Department, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759. The township's recreation department can be reached at 732-657-8121, ext. 5101 with any additional questions.