On September 23, 1949, Bruce Springsteen was born in Long Branch; he would grow up in nearby Freehold. Bruce played the bar circuit in and around Asbury Park while assembling his famous E Street Band. His breakout 1975 record, Born to Run, united arena rock with human-size tales of working-class America. With dozens of awards under his belt, including 20 Grammys, and more than 65 million albums sold in the U.S. alone, Springsteen is one of the most successful musicians of all time. Also known for his left-leaning political causes, the artist was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2016. Fans of The Boss should not miss the outstanding exhibit currently on display at the Monmouth County Historical Association museum at 70 Court St. in Freehold: Bruce Springsteen: His Hometown. In addition to exploring his family roots and the environs of his early years, the exhibit provides an immersion into postwar Freehold.