MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Area communities will celebrate Independence Day this weekend. Carteret, Woodbridge and Edison are planning fireworks displays, while Perth Amboy will commemorate the holiday by ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell.
The annual Woodbridge Township Independence Day celebration and fireworks display will get underway today, July 3, at 4 p.m. when gates open at the Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park at the Sewaren waterfront.
Live music with The Party Dolls will begin the evening’s events at 6 p.m., followed by “Bringing the Night to Life” fireworks display choreographed to music. The national anthem will be performed live by Woodbridge’s own Caitlin Meehan from JFK High School, the winner of the 2009 Woodbridge Idol contest.
Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. There is no reserved seating and no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the park. In case of inclement weather call the Woodbridge Township Department of Recreation at 732-602-6045.
Carteret’s annual Independence Day Festival will also take place tonight at Waterfront Park, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be music by the Carteret High School Show Band and Party of Five, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. The borough will offer shuttle bus service from the Thomas J. Deverin Community Center & Library, Carteret Middle School at Carteret Park, West Carteret Minue School and Civic Center Park.
Edison will host a fireworks display to celebrate on the 4th of July. International Fireworks will provide all the oohs and aahs beginning at 9 p.m. at Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Boulevard. Spectators are asked to bring blankets or low-backed chairs for viewing.
Parking for the event can be found at the Edison Municipal Complex on Municipal Boulevard and Edison Square or New Brunswick Scientific on Hoey Drive off Talmadge Road.
For more information, call the Edison Recreation Department at 732-248-7312.
Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz will participate in a ceremony to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 4.
The event will begin at the Royal Governor’s Mansion, 149 Kearny Avenue, Perth Amboy at noon with light refreshments. Then colonial-era re-enactors will lead a procession to City Hall Circle. Royal Governor William Franklin, will make his last statement to the townspeople before being arrested and sent to Connecticut. Diaz will conclude the event by ringing a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell.
In 1950, the United States commissioned 55 full-sized replicas of the Liberty Bell and distributed them to each state and territory. Since Perth Amboy was the capital of East Jersey, the New Jersey’s was located in City Hall Circle in Perth Amboy. On the 4th of July, the bell is rung 13 times, one ring for each of the 13 colonies.
The event is free and open to the public
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