HIGHLAND PARK – Spend July 3 in Highland Park and enjoy food and merchandise vendors, live music and fireworks as the borough and New Brunswick sponsor Independence Day in Donaldson Park.
The success of last year’s partnership between the neighboring municipalities prompted officials to come together this year for a bigger celebration from 4-9:30 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
“Last year was an enormous success, so, we’re hoping to build on that,” said James McCrone, executive director of Main Street Highland Park (MSHP), the non-profit that promotes the businesses along Raritan Avenue in the borough. “With the addition of the music and the increased number of vendors, it should be more successful.”
Before last year, it had been a few years since Highland Park and New Brunswick were able to have a local fireworks show because of the construction in Boyd Park and along Route 18 in New Brunswick. The fireworks show used to be in Boyd Park, but the park is now smaller because of the construction project, which is why the event had to be moved to a larger park.
The following food vendors will be set up in the park, which is at the bottom of Second and Third Avenues in Highland Park: Maglione’s Italian Ices and Pretzels, Dellano’s Food Concession, Bayside West Catering, which sells fresh roasted corn and fresh-squeezed lemonade and Sami-Supercool.
McCrone also said he hopes people will stop by the local restaurants to pick up a boxed lunch or snacks on the way to the park.
MSHP has also added more vendors this year, such as Over the Moon Toys, Kiernan Glow sticks and Yellow Brick Road Pre-School. And Hub City Fencing, Rover’s Soccer, Over the Moon Toys and the Academy of Art will be doing demos. The local police and first-aid squads will also be on hand.
In addition to vendors and demonstrations, there will also be live music. Local performers including Danny and Kim Alderman featuring Pete Horvath, Jessica Nolan, Mile Long Boyz and The Nerds, a popular cover band, are expected to perform. The Nerds will perform at 7 p.m.
Donaldson Park will be closed to vehicular traffic on July 3, but handicapped parking will be available. Drivers have been asked to park on side streets or municipal parking lots and follow traffic and parking laws as there will be heavier traffic flow throughout the day.
The Independence Day event is sponsored by Mason, Griffin, & Pierson, Hodulik & Morrison, PNC Bank, Schectel, The Borough of Highland Park, The City of New Brunswick, Main Street Highland Park, and Middlesex County Parks.
Additional information is available by calling the Highland Park Department of Community Services at 1-732-819-0052.
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