Independence Day Festival Kicks Off Carteret Concert Series

CARTERET — On Saturday, July 2, Carteret will host its annual Independence Day celebration, welcoming thousands of residents and visitors to Waterfront Park and officially beginning the town’s summer “Concerts by the Bay” series.

The event became a popular borough tradition in 2006 when it coincided with Carteret’s Centennial celebration, established by Mayor Dan Reiman’s administration.


“Since Carteret’s Centennial, our Independence Day Festival has grown into a major regional attraction,” Reiman said. “We draw thousands of residents and visitors each year in no small part due to the incredible variety of fun, entertainment, and highlights that mark this patriotic event.”

Saturday’s event will begin at 3 p.m. and include plenty of activities and attractions for residents and visitors of all ages, according to Reiman, including rides, food, vendors, and exhibits by local civic and charitable organizations. Party of Five will be the featured musical performers, and the celebration will include a fireworks finale beginning at 9:15 p.m.

The event will mark the beginning of the borough’s “Concerts by the Bay” series, with a range of musical performers hosted on Sundays thereafter beginning at 7 p.m. Performances at Waterfront Park will include music by:

  • July 10-The Duprees
  • July 17-Ring of Fire
  • July 24-Jersey Sound
  • July 31-Rave On
  • Aug. 7-The Fabulous Greaseband
  • Aug.14-Emil Stucchio & The Classics
  • Aug. 21-The Cameos
  • Aug. 28-Julian & Dominique

“Waterfront Park represents a pretty amazing success story,” Councilman and Parks Commissioner Vinny Bellino commented. “This is a former Brownfields that was left to sit indefinitely, unutilized. So to see this revitalized public treasure become so popular, and put to such great use with our Independence Day celebration and summer concert series really is satisfying – it’s a real triumph for this town.”

“Our concert series can be as enriching as it is fun,” Councilwoman Susan Naples added. “Each year our administration strives to provide as wide an array of arts programming as possible for residents, and our summer concerts series caters to a wide variety of tastes. This year will be no exception and we’re excited to be kicking it off this 4th of July weekend.”

In the event of rain, the Sunday concerts will be moved to the Thomas J. Deverin Community Center and Public Library, 100 Cooke Avenue. For more information, visit

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