The July 4th Holiday was a very busy and very fun day for me. We spent the morning and early afternoon in Morristown NJ covering a "Tea Party" rally with between 3750-4250 people in attendance. It was an impressive turn-out I thought. The people were there to protest ever increasing spending, debts, taxes, bailouts, and the move toward becoming a socialist country by what they consider to be an out of control, intrusive Government.
There were many impassioned speakers ranging from politicians, to "ordinary citizens", to a surgeon, an author, a veteran, a whole host of people from all walks of life. I am waiting for confirmation of the names of the speakers from the organizers of the rally. When I get that info I will post it here.
I just got the list of speakers which I am just going to copy and paste into the post below.
11:00am: Invocation Deacon Tim Holden
Pledge of Allegiance
Star Spangled Banner Rob Kastner
11:10am Opening Remarks Rich Luzzi
11:12am Salute to the Armed Forces Paul Albanese Corp. USMC
WWII Vet: Corp. Curtis Glenn Army
Korea Vet Capt. Thomas Tierney USMC
Viet Nam Vet Lt. Col.. Michael Shield VN/Gulf
Major Robert Elton
Iraq War Nathaniel Putnam Specialist
Donald Backer Specialist
Moment of silence for fallen soldiers
11:22am History of The Green Maryann Franzese
11:25am Charles M. Payne
11:40am Assemblyman Richard Merkt
11:45am Mayor of Morristownship: Mr. Scott Rosenbush
11:50am Rep Candidate for Mayor of Morristown Mr. Jimmy Gervasio
11:55am Cap and Trade Speaker Mr. Tom Adkins
12:10pm Reading of the Declaration of Independence
12:20pm Citizen Speaker Matt Perez
12:28pm Gubernatorial Candidate Mr. Kaplan
12:35pm Assemblyman Mr. Michael Patrick Carroll – did not show
12:45pm Healthcare Speaker Dr. Alphonse DiGiovanni
12:55pm Fair Tax Speaker Linda Terczak
1:00pm Citizen Speaker Polina Maire did not speak
1:05pm Citizen Speaker Flagman does not want his real name used
1:10pm Poster Contest
1:15pm Closing Remarks Ralph Franzese did not speak
1:20pm Song: God Bless America
To see more images from the rally view the slideshow here. All images in the slideshow were shot from 200-400mm and other than possibly being cropped are unedited.
After the rally we got a bite to eat in town and then went home to unload the photos. We decided on the spur of the moment to go the Macy's 4th of July fireworks on the Hudson River. We took the train to Hoboken. We got there around 4:30PM, spent the afternoon in town eating, having a couple of adult beverages, enjoying some nice conversation and company at one of the wonderful little outdoor cafe before staking out a place on the Steven's Campus on the hill overlooking the Hudson River to view the fireworks. It turned out to be a pretty good location for viewing them especially since we went very last minute. It was not nearly as crowded as the waterfront along Sinatra Drive and we found a seat on the grass on the hill which was pretty comfortable. We staked out our spot pretty late at around 7:45 PM. I got some good photos considering I wasn't really thinking we would be in a great location since we got there so late. There was a utility pole and a lamppost in our line of sight and I left my remote in my other bag...DOH! I do have a few shots I will share just the same. All I can say about the show is...WOW!!! It was spectacular.
Coming back to AM3 after a long hiatus. I hope to be more active in the coming months.