AREA – Independence Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when the American colonies asserted their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Though the holiday was celebrated as early as 1777, it was not formally recognized until the Massachusetts state legislature adopted it in 1781. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made it a federal holiday.
Fireworks are a traditional part of Independence Day celebrations. The nation’s largest Fourth of July fireworks display is sponsored by Macy’s and will be set off from barges positioned on the Hudson River. For viewing information and other tips, visit www.macys.com/fireworks
Carteret’s annual Independence Day celebration is on Saturday, July 2, at Waterfront Park off Peter J. Sica Industrial Highway. Beginning at 3 p.m., enjoy rides, food, vendors and exhibits by local organizations. There will be live music by Party of Five and a fireworks finale will start around 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.carteret.net or call 1-732-541-3801
Clark’s fireworks show will be held at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) on Monday, July 4 at the Arthur L. Johnson High School field, 365 Westfield Avenue. For more information, visit ourclark.com or call 1-732-388-3600.
Cranford is planning a full day of activities on the 4th of July. There will be canoe races at the Canoe Club, 250 Springfield Avenue at 8 a.m. Later in the day at Nomahegan Park, 1033 Springfield Avenue, there will be bicycle decorating, an egg toss and the Firecracker Fun Run sponsored by the Cranford Jaycees and of course fireworks to cap off the celebration. For more information, call 1-908-709-7283 or visit www.cranford.com/rec
Elizabeth’s 4th of July Fireworks will start at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Monday at Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park at Front Street and Elizabeth Avenue. For more information, call 1-908-820-4222 or visit www.elizabethnj.org.
New Providence will hold an Independence Day festival sponsored by Investors Savings Bank on Sunday, July 3. South Street will be closed from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue so that people can enjoy the events. There will be a kids’ concert at 8 p.m., and fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.npbpa.com or call 1-908-665-1400 x401.
Plainfield’s fireworks show will be Friday, July 1 at 9:30 p.m. in Cedarbrook Park, off Randolph Road. The city’s 88th annual Independence Day Parade will be held Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m. It begins on Johnston Avenue and continues on to Madison Avenue. For more information, call 1-908-753-3097 or visit www.plainfield.com
Roselle Park’s borough fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m. on Monday, July 4, at the Roselle Park High School, 185 West Webster Avenue. For more information, visit www.rosellepark.net or call 1-908-245-6180.
Sayreville is holding its Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 4 p.m. at Kennedy Park, 820 Washington Road. There will be free rides and musical entertainment. Glen Burtnik and Friends will perform music from the Woodstock era beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 1-732-390-7096 or visit www.sayreville.com.
Woodbridge will present its fireworks display at Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park, off Cliff Road, on July 1. The park will be closed all day; gates open at 4 p.m. Spectators should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on July 2. For more information, visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us or call 1-732-634-4500.