The Rumson fireworks, as seen from Victory Park in 2007. (Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
For the first time in its short life, Rumson’s annual fireworks display came close a to nothappening along the affluent banks of the Navesink River next month.
Donations for the Independence Day show, which are synced with Red Bank’s ginormous Kaboom! display, were about $30,000 short of the approximate $100,000 mark needed to cover the cost late last month.
That’s something that the borough, which boasts residents who call $1 million spare change, simply had no problem with in the last three years in putting on the pyro show, Mayor John Ekdahl said. But this year, the shortfall appeared to spell doom for the event, held near the Oceanic Bridge.