Hillsborough’s own Jack Ciattarelli, this year’s Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey, joined local Township Committee candidates Mayor Shawn Lipani and Steve Cohen, to celebrate the 4th of July at Hillsborough’s Annual Fireworks event at Auten Road Intermediate School, last night. This year’s event was extra special as it also commemorates Hillsborough’s 250th birthday! Asked for his thoughts on this year’s event, Mayor Lipani noted “It was great to see the huge attendance at our 250th celebration. The energy was terrific!”.
The Hillsborough Republican Club maintained a table at the event where residents stopped by to talk some politics, but mostly to get the bubbles, and beach balls and glowsticks being given out. Mayor Lipani and Cohen spent a lot of time handing out the fun items. And when they weren’t by the table, Lipani and Cohen could be found walking throughout the schoolyard meeting and speaking with hundreds of Township residents, bringing the bubbles and beachballs to them, and chatting about everything from local issues to updates on the Mets game, where Jacob DeGrom was pitching. (The Mets eventually won, 3-2). District 16 Republican candidates Vinny Panico, Joe Lukac and Mike Pappas also attended the event and met with many residents.
After having to cancel last year’s event due to COVID-19, everyone was excited to celebrate! Local restaurants and related establishments were happy to be back offering food and refreshments for sale. Residents of all ages brought their chairs and blankets, and relaxed in the grass, listening to music, as kids of all ages were having fun, enjoying the outdoors.
As usual, the return of the annual fireworks celebration which always brings the whole Town together, was a big hit with residents. And we expect the celebration and energy will continue this coming Fall with the election of Jack Ciattarelli as the next Governor of New Jersey, and Mayor Lipani and Steve Cohen to Hillsborough’s Township Committee for the next three years.