After a two-year hiatus, Fourth of July fireworks are set to return to Woodbury. This year will be the first time since 2010 that Woodbury will host such an event.
“Our goal is to bring back what was always a great community event that included residents and friends from Woodbury, West Deptford, Woodbury Heights, National Park and many other local areas,” writes Steve Catando in an email to Patch.
As a member of the newly formed committee, Catando explains that the committee, recently created by new Woodbury Mayor William Volk, is moving forward to bring back the fireworks.
Cantando, a longtime West Deptford resident, goes onto to say that it has already been confirmed that the fireworks display will tenatively be held on Friday, July 5, behind the Woodbury High School football stadium.
“The finances are probably the most challenging aspect but we are extremely confident that we will be successful,” writes Catando.
Cantando explains that all expenses for the fireworks will be covered through private funding. Other challenging issues the committee plans to address include police coverage, promoting the event and coordinating with Woodbury's Public Works Department.
Including Cantando, five members make up the fireworks committee, which was formed in February of this year. The other members are Dave Wright, Joe Doyle, Andrew Cantando and Barb Volk.
In June 2011, Woodbury Parks and Recreation supervisor Tom Dukelow told Gloucester County Times that a large part of the funding for the fireworks provided by the Jaycees, was lost to Woodbury after the organization folded several years prior.
In addition, due to less funding provided by corporate sponsors during the recession, the $25,000 bill for the fireworks proved to be too much for the city’s budget, the Times reported.