Elizabeth celebrates Fourth of July and World Cup

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The month of July kicked off with a bang across the nation and residents of Union County had much to celebrate. Clockwise from upper left, fireworks lit up the skies over the Elizabeth Seaport as part of the Fourth of July festivities. Above, Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, in blue shirt, joined forces with various members of the city’s recreational and political committees to enjoy the evening. Below right and bottom left, dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes across Little Colombia were packed with soccer fans who watched their team suffer a heartbreaking overtime loss in penalty kicks to England in a harrowing July 3 World Cup match.