AREA – Some traditional New Jersey Independence Day events have fallen victim to budget cutbacks, but there are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate the 4th of July.
Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Woodbridge’s Independence Day festival will get started at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 2, at the Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park on the Sewaren waterfront. Live music by the Party Dolls will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks display after sunset. For more information, call 1-732-602-6045.
Plainfield’s fireworks are also scheduled for Friday, July 2, at 9:30 p.m. at Cedarbrook Park. The city’s 87th annual Independence Day Parade will be held on Front Street starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 3. For more information, call 1-908-753-3097.
Sayreville’s Independence Day celebration begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Kennedy Park on Washington Road. There will be food, music and rides – even an apple pie baking contest – before the fireworks get underway at 9:30 p.m. In case of rain, the celebration will be held on July 5.
Enjoy rides and games Carteret’s Independence Day festival on Saturday, July 3, at Waterfront Park. Carteret High School’s show band will kick off the fun at 5 p.m., followed by Bobby and the Jets at 7 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
After a hiatus caused by construction projects, fireworks are again part of the Independence Day celebration for residents of Highland Park and New Brunswick. On Saturday, July 3, Highland Park will hold a concert in Donaldson Park at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. New Brunswick will also hold a concert at Boyd Park
Celebrate Independence Day in New Providence on Saturday, July 3, with a kids show starting at 8 p.m. on South Street near Springfield Avenue. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.
East Brunswick will celebrate Independence Day and the township’s 150th anniversary on Sunday, July 4, at the Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, from 5-10:30 p.m. There will be rides, games and children’s activities, along with a concert by the Nerds at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-732-390-4044.
Cranford’s Independence Day festivities kick off at 8 a.m. in Nomahegan Park. One of the highlights of the day is the Firecracker 4 Miler, a premier road race that attracts more than 1,000 runners. There will also be canoe races, rides and attractions, food vendors and fireworks. For more information, call the recreation department at 1-908-709-7283
Clark will also offer a range of children’s rides and games in front of the municipal building on Westfield Avenue on Sunday, July 4, from 4-8 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.
Springfield’s July 4th celebration begins at 5 p.m. at Meisel Avenue Park. There will be rides and games, plus a concert featuring The Toys and 1910 Fruitgum Co. beginning at 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks get underway. A $5 per person donation is suggested.
Mountainside’s fireworks display will begin at dusk on Sunday, July 4, in the fields behind Our Lady of Lourdes and Deerfield School. Ice cream will be distributed courtesy of the Mountainside PAL. In case of rain, the fireworks will be held on Monday, July 5.
Elizabeth’s fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park. For more information, call the Department of Recreation at 1-908-820-4222.
Monroe Township’s 4th of July celebration in Thompson Park begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, with fireworks at dusk.
The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission will present the Brio Symphonic Band in an Independence Day concert on Sunday, July 4 at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of Metuchen High School, located on Grove Avenue. In case of rain, the free concert will be move inside to the high school’s auditorium.
Enjoy free rides and fireworks at the Memorial Field, Ashland Road in Summit on Monday, July 5. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. For information, call the Summit Department of Community Programs 1-908-277-2932.
Locals of Perth Amboy dressed in colonial garb traditionally read the Declaration of Independence and ring a replica of the Liberty Bell at the Proprietary House, 149 Kearny Avenue, the 18th century mansion of William Franklin, the last royal governor of New Jersey. The city and museum are again planning a July 4 event; call 1-732-826-5527 for information.
Hoboken, a prime location for viewing the annual Macy’s fireworks show over the Hudson River, will present a Fourth of July Festival along Frank Sinatra Drive between First and Seventh streets from noon until 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.
Enjoy baseball and fireworks with the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3. The Patriots will take on the Lancaster Barnstormers at 7:05 p.m. each night, and a fireworks display will follow the game. For more information, call 1-908-252-0700
The New Jersey Jackals will also have fireworks following their 7:05 p.m. game on Friday, July 2 against the Sussex Skyhawks at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University. For information, call 1-973-746-7434. The Skyhawks will have their own fireworks display following their 6:35 p.m. game on Saturday, July 3 against the Brockton Rox at Skylands Park in Augusta. For information, call 1-973-300-1000.
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