PRINCETON — Despite COVID-19, there will be Independence Day fireworks in the city.

Princeton Rescue Squad CEO Stacey Hicks said Monday that the pandemic has forced the PRS to cancel their traditional July 4 events including the concerts at Honeycutt Stadium, but the fireworks would go on at the city-owned Dean Company complex starting at 10 p.m.

“We’re using bigger shells to shoot this year, so that they’ll be seen throughout the city,” he added.

Hicks asked that people watching the fireworks not park along U.S. Route 460 for reasons of traffic safety.

“The best watching spots will be the parking lots of the Princeton Shopping Center and Pine Plaza,” he said.

In addition to the fireworks, Hicks said Star95-FM would be playing patriotic music.

“We’re asking everyone to maintain social distancing. Hopefully, we’ll be back next year bigger and better with a full slate of activities, “ he said.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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