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Change of plans for fireworks viewing from Hoboken

July 3, 2012 5:55:00 PM PDT
Hoboken offers great views of the Fourth of July fireworks, but a popular gathering spot in years past will be off-limits this year.

The Stevens Institute of Technology will be closed to the general public on July 4 from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Thousands have come to the campus to see the festivities over the Hudson River since things moved to the west side of Manhattan, but this year, they'll have to come up with plan b.

"We do apologize and hopefully next year we can go back to normal routine," Chief Timothy Griffin, Campus Police said.

Griffin says the school is filled to capacity with guests, students, camps and other activities. Since the 4th falls in the middle of the week, many on campus, like others here in town, opted to stay in Hoboken and watch the fireworks.

Even though this is a sprawling campus, the actual viewing area is small and officials say for safety reason, they must limit the number of people. They know from experience last year, when the fireworks were on a Monday, and many took off for the three day weekend.

"In the past, we've had to shut the doors and we hate to turn people away when they have kids and strollers and trying to see the fireworks but this year is so different, that we're going to be filled to capacity before the fireworks even begin," Griffin said.

You can find more information about where to go in Hoboken to see the fireworks at http://www.hobokennj.org/2012/07/4th-of-july-information-for-hoboken-residents-and-visitors.

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