No Fireworks, Fourth of July Festival This Year at Cooper River Park
Officials said budget constraints put a lid on the events for the second year in a row.
For the second year in a row, fireworks won't light up the night sky above Pennsauken on the Fourth of July.
Until last year, the township held an annual fireworks display in conjunction with the "Let Freedom Rock Fest" at Cooper River Park.
But, because of budget constraints, there will be no fireworks again this year, Pennsauken Administrator Ed Grochowski said in an email.
In April 2011, Camden County officials announced that the Fourth of July rock concert at the park would not be held because money was tight.
That same month, the county laid off roughly 260 of its workers.
The county freeholder board had held the Independence Day concert at Cooper River Park in conjunction with Philadelphia radio station WMGK 102.9-FM for the previous decade.
WMGK decided to move the 2011 rock concert, which featured Yes and Styx, to the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden waterfront.
Unlike the Cooper River Park concert, it was not free.
This year, WMGK will hold a “Philly FREEdom Concert” on Tuesday, July 3 at XFINITY Live in Philadelphia, between the Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park. As the name suggests, the event is free, and the featured performer is classic rocker Eddie Money. He’ll take the stage around 9 p.m.
Camden County hopes to revive the Cooper River Park event in the future, county spokesman Dan Keashen said. The "Let Freedom Rock Fest" cost the county about $125,000 each year, he said.
“It was a hallmark for the Fourth of July for residents,” Keashen said, adding that the freeholder board is actively seeking a corporate sponsor or sponsors to cover the cost of a future festival.
"The freeholder board is always looking for private-public partnerships to fund events," he said.
The county is sponsoring a series of free concerts and outdoor children’s movies this summer, including the Singer/Songwriter Series in Haddon Heights.
And, plenty of South Jersey towns have plans to light up the night sky for the Fourth of July this year. Go here for a list of area fireworks displays on or near the holiday.