As we come to a close on this day, July 4th, 2012 – Independence Day in South Jersey, here people are blessed not just because the thunderstorms held out, but they are glad to be celebrating the birth of the United States of America.
Here is the brief history of Independence Day and how it came to be from the website The Charters of Freedom “Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; John Locke and the Continental philosophers had already expressed its ideals of individual liberty. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.” You can read more and check out a digital copy of the Declaration of Independence by going to: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html
People packed the Somers Point Beach tonight to hear some live music by The Bob Campanell Band featuring Danny Eyer and see fireworks in Somers Point, Ocean City and neighboring spots from which can be seen here on the beach. The weather was still on the humid side, but that did not stop people from coming out to watch the fireworks.
Somers Point beach is very small, but not to the local residents. “It’s a little private oasis” says John S. from Somers Point. It is truly a great place to watch the fireworks being shot off in multiple directions. If you are a resident, you are most likely in walking distance to the Somers Point Beach and can leave your car right at home.
Every year people come out and gather for a day of barbequing, fishing, playing in the sand, doing a little swimming and having a great day with friends and family. “Ocean City may have the boardwalk, but we have the intimate setting with our own family and neighbors right in our own backyards” said Barbara B. of Somers Point.
There were a few local towns that have postponed their 4th of July Events to Saturday July 7th due to the condition the storm had left many places still with sufferable damage. Not too worry If you are local, there will still be plenty of events happening from now through the weekend. Instead of the 4th of July just being for one day this year, it will continue the rest of the week and weekend. Please check out the South Jersey local event calendar on SouthJersey.com at: http://www.southjersey.com/events_calendar/
We have learned from the storm that hit South Jersey last weekend that more and more people and businesses have now had their power restored. This number started at over 206,000 people without power down to under 20,000 now. It was reported down one South Jersey road that twenty telephone polls have to replaces, as they cannot simply be fixed. This will be one timely project, but had to be done to get everyone back to their daily lives.
People have been buying small pools to keep cool while they still have no power to fun fans and/or air conditioners. This water is also for use so that they can still use their own bathrooms to flush toilets with. People have also been using water from their hot tubs as well. To many right now it is a way of surviving. Many people have been volunteering in the neighborhoods that were affected the most to hand out ice and water to those in need.
“Friday or next week cannot come soon enough” said Walter J. of Galloway. Walter has been lucky to be staying with family in South Jersey while he awaits his power to be restored. Others are not so lucky have to battle out the heat and just wait. Many beaches and lakes have been nice and full as it is a way for many people to jump in the water and cool down. Rebecca F. of Mays Landing says, “I’m glad that the Atlantic City Beach is free and I can get there on public transportation right outside my door”. Atlantic City not only has a tag less beach, but there are plenty of places to go with air conditioning.
Hang in there South Jersey, many crews from New Jersey as well as New York and Pennsylvania are all working until everyone’s power is restored.