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Fireworks, Our Nation's Flag and Independence Day in Warren

Brenda A. Nemcek

Friday, July 4, 2014 • 6:57am

WARREN, NJ -  There are a lot of great stories about Independence Day, but one American favorite involves a high school student from Michigan and the interesting agreement he made with his teacher.
 
Back in 1958, as Hawaii was coming into the Union, more than 1,000 people sent President Eisenhower their ideas for both a 49 and a 50-starred U.S. flag. A number of those designs came from high-school teacher Stanley Pratt’s students. As a project for class, Pratt asked his students to create ideas for the new flag and submit them to Washington. One of his students, Bob Heft, participated in the assignment and received a B- on his class work.
 
Heft was less than thrilled about the grade and later asked his teacher about it, who jokingly told Heft that if Congress chose his design, he would receive a higher grade.
 
Well, one Presidential proclamation later, Heft’s 50-starred design became the very one we use on U.S. flags today. The nation got a newly designed flag. And Bob Heft got an A.
 
TAP into Warren hopes that you’re able to make some great stories of your own during our nation’s star-spangled holiday. Have a safe, happy and healthy Independence Day.
 
Some area celebrations on July 4th are:
Bridgewater- Event has been postponed to Monday, July 7. Annual event offering children's entertainers and activities, including horse rides, moonwalk, giant slide, magic show, sing a longs, and cartoon characters. Other activities include stage performers and Revolutionary period groups. The evening culminates with fireworks. Free 5pm-11pm North Branch Park, Bridgewater
 
Summit-4th of July Celebration & Fireworks, Ashland Road, Summit
Events will be held at Memorial Field, Summit on July 4th, and are free to attend. Daytime events have been canceled, but a concert at 7:45 p.m. and fireworks display set to start at 9:15 p.m. are expected to go on as planned.
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