Fun events across NJ mark Fourth of July

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Residents all over New Jersey celebrated the Fourth of July Tuesday with sparklers newly legal and state parks reopened.

The All-American Soapbox Derby went flying down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union in the event's 10th year.

"It brings back the tradition to our town that people used to do in earlier years for Fourth of July," said Mayor Suzette Cavadas.

About 500 riders participated in the bicycle parade in Summit. The event was part of the town's 70th Fourth of July celebration.

"It's unbelievable, it's a family tradition," said Director of Community Programs Judith Josephs. "Then we ask grandparents how many of them were in the bicycle parade and they raise their hand."

At Soldiers Memorial Field, kids were able to get a leg up on pony rides, and families were able to check out a number of food trucks.

For those using sparklers to celebrate, the Council for Fireworks Safety urged keeping them an arm's length away and several feet from anyone nearby.

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