Friday night in Brookdale Park:
The fireworks display was impressively long.
The concert was even longer.
The wait to get out of the park: endless.
We don’t want to complain, but
The rearrangement of the concert space to the Watchung Ave. side of the park (because of the county’s installation of a new turf playing field near the Bellevue Ave. side) caused the worst traffic tie-up in memory.
The fireworks were set off too close to the crowd. Within an hour, we had reports of two personal aquaintances hit by falling sparks — and a neighbor who was sitting in front said that people in that section ran for the trees because the fireworks were so scary.
The same neighbor informed us there were only four Forrest Gumps (port-a-potties) for the whole event. (We don’t know if this is really true. But the park restrooms were nowhere near the crowd.)
In a bizarre twist, the fireworks were delayed about 20 minutes after the concert ended and searchlights blazed into the crowd, all because some child wandered off.
Do we even have to mention that the canned music they play with the fireworks really sucked?
On the bright side, this girl really seemed to enjoy playing with a Barista of Bloomfield Ave. beachball.
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