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Asbury Park on July 4th

Asbury Park beach on the 4th of July, 2010 before the fireworks
Here’s the scene a few hours before the fireworks on the 4th of July at Asbury Park beach on the New Jersey shore. It was a great place to people watch. We had been sitting in the area where there are white nets shown in the picture, but then some policemen nicely kicked us off that part of the beach because the fireworks were going to be there. It was worth the hot drive down to the shore, the waiting around in a crowded area, and the annoyance of needing to move our stuff for the 15 minutes of fireworks. See a few of the fireworks on my Skywatch post.

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Jenn says

It's so great to see people getting ready for the fireworks... I sure hope we here in the Philippines would be as enthusiastic as that whenever the Independence Day comes.

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Robin from Israel says

How fun to see the fireworks up close and personal. From your recent posts it sounds like Asbury Park is really having a resurgence, it sure wasn't like that when we were growing up.

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Leora says

Yes, my in-laws and my husband are happy about this - when we were first married, 17 years ago, he showed me Asbury and how run down it was. Their synagogue used to be in Asbury, and they ended up selling it to a church (with a middleman to make it halachically possible).

Ilana-Davita says

I see you have adopted the dual meme approach too.
Lovely subdued tones before the big show.

Leora says

You are mentor on this one!

Gemma@Greyscale says

There is a real air of expectancy in this photo! A happy gathering!

EG Wow says

Ah! Waiting for the fireworks. We do the same thing in Canada, only three days earlier on Canada's Birthday. Canada wasn't born till 1867, though.

Manang Kim says

Oh yes I like to see crowds waiting for the fireworks. Last night hubby and I did that too. And it's worth it we thought the firework display is in front of us but turns out it's on our side which is more closer to us. That was really fun and hope to see more next year. Thanks for sharing!

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Carver says

That looks like a fun event although you are braver than me to deal with it considering the heatwave on the east coast. Then again when my daughter was growing up I tended to do more outside even when the heat would be a deterrent for me now.

Leora says

It was 7 pm once we got to the beach - the beach wasn't so hot at that time. The hottest part of the day was driving down in the car - that felt oppressive. On the way back, I said, oh, the air-conditioner does work in the car. I guess when the temperature is over 100, the car just can't cool off enough.

Janis says

I love the anticipation of waiting for something special...such excitement in the air. You captured that in your photo.

Dimple says

We didn't attend the local fireworks show this year, but I remember many times waiting on the beach for the show to begin. It is worth the inconvenience, I agree!

Lynn, Texas says

Great photo...the anticipation oozes through.

Valerie says

People watching is a great pastime. Having to move when you get comfy is not. Looks like it was a busy place.

Jan says

Looks like a good crowd showed up for the fireworks.


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