Residents all over Hoboken are putting on their Saturday best clothes and heading on down to Sinatra Park for the annual Earth Day Tire Fire and BBQ!
The Hoboken FD has been collecting tires from the Hudson River all year, even importing some from the Passaic River for this year's Tire Fire theme: "It's Just Smoke, Settle Down." Over 1000 tires will be lit as residents and visitors sing the Deep Purple classic, 'Smoke on the Water' with special emcee Sooty the Clown. Sooty will also lead the children through town starting small trash fires with sparklers and motor oil. A spokesperson for the Hoboken Fire Department tells the Jersey City Desk this year's fire should set the record and burn past the June 5th record set in 2011.
Other events are planned of course today all over Hoboken including a burning tire roll down First St., The Hoboken Conservatory of Science will have a special booth set up for kids called "So you wanna light your first tire..." full of tips on safe ways to handle gasoline and matches. The Cake Boss will deliver a special cake in the shape of burning smoking tires to Mayor Dawn Zimmer before the annual pushing of the burning tire pyres out into the Hudson River.
A new event this year is a 100 foot square tire base that grows in height like a pyramid with a Jersey City Citibike on top. You just can't spell 'fun' without FuHo.....kind of.
So come on out to FuHo today, bring the kids and tell the neighbors as this wonderful piece of Americana steps off once again. Free admission if you bring a tire. Hell, it's free admission even if you don't.
File photo of Hoboken Earth Day Tire Fire and Bar-B-Q ©2009