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 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be set off from barges positioned on the Hudson River. This year’s extravaganza is inspired and directed by Grammy-winning recording artist Usher and will feature more than 40,000 fireworks. For viewing information and other tips, visit www.macys.com/fireworks
Closer to home, many communities will offer their own fireworks displays as well as concerts, outdoor family movies and other events.
- Carteret will kick off its “Concerts at Carteret Park” series on Friday, July 5, with a performance by Strictly 60’s at the Carteret Park gazebo at the corner of Carteret Avenue and Cypress Street. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Thomas J. Deverin Community Center, 100 Cooke Avenue. For more information, visit www.carteret.net
- Cranbury will host their annual Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Village Park off Maplewood Avenue. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit CranburyTownship.org.
- Highland Park will offer “Fireworks In The Park” at Donaldson Park off of Second Avenue beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. There will be live music, activities and more. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.hpboro.com
- Milltown will celebrate the 4th of July with “Milltown Magic.” The day kicks off with a 6 a.m. fishing derby, followed by a 7:45 a.m. fun run and an 8:10 a.m. 5K run. There will be a parade at 10 a.m., family fun at the park from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and a magic show on the gazebo from 12:30-2 p.m. Enjoy music from 7-9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Most events have a rain date of July 6, but the parade will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit www.milltownnj.org
- New Brunswick will mark Independence Day with a concert by Rumba Con Son and fireworks at Boyd Park on the banks of the Raritan River on Monday, July 1. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will start at about 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.nbrec.com
- Perth Amboy will hold an Independence Day picnic at the Alexander F. Jankowski Center, 1 Olive Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2. Admission is $5 per person; call 732-826-1690 ext. 4307 or 4326 to sign up.
- Piscataway will celebrate the 4th of July with a celebration at Piscataway High School Stadium on Behmer Road beginning at 6 p.m. There will be live music and children’s activities. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.piscatawaynj.org
- Sayreville will get an early start on their celebration, which is planned for Saturday, June 29. There will be live entertainment and children’s activities at Kennedy Park off Washington Road beginning at 4 p.m. The fireworks display will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 1. For more information, visit www.sayreville.com
- South Brunswick’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at the South and North Fields of Crossroads Middle School in Monmouth Junction. There will be music, entertainment and activities, followed by fireworks at about 9 p.m. In the event of rain, the fireworks only will be held on July 6. For more information, visit www.sbtnj.net
- Woodbridge will hold its annual fireworks display at Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park in Sewaren on Cliff Road at dusk on Wednesday, July 3. The gates open at 4 p.m.; no alcoholic beverages allowed. Rain date: July 5. For more information, visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us
- Clark will celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Avenue, starting between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Rain date: July 5. For more information, visit www.ourclark.com
- The Cranford Jaycees will again sponsor the annual Firecracker 4 Miler & Fun Run, known as one of the summer’s best road races, on Wednesday, July 4 at Nomahegan Park, 1033 Springfield Avenue. Day of race registration begins at 7:15 a.m., the fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the four miler begins at 9 a.m. There is a $25 entry fee for the four mile race and a $10 fee for the fun run. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments, music, and face painting for children. For additional information, visit cranfordjaycees.com. For information about fireworks, contact the Cranford Recreation & Parks Department at 908-709-7283.
- Mountainside’s 4th of July fireworks will be set off at the fields of Our Lady of Lourdes and Deerfield School, at 300 Central Avenue, at dusk, approximately 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.mountainside-nj.com
- New Providence will celebrate Independence Day on July 3 with fireworks beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. South Street will be closed at 7 p.m. from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue. Rain date: July 5. For more information, call 908-464-2836.
- Plainfield will celebrate Independence Day with a parade on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. The theme will be “A Celebration of Youth – Connecting the Past with the Present.” For more information, visit www.plainfield.com There will be a concert and fireworks at Cedar Brook Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- Roselle Park will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 6, with fireworks at Roselle Park High School, 185 W. Webster Avenue, beginning at 9 p.m.
- Springfield will celebrate the 4th of July at Meisel Avenue Park beginning at 5 p.m. The 1910 Fruitgum Company and The Toys featuring Barbara Harris will provide live music, and there will be rides, games and of course, fireworks. A $5 donation is requested. For more information, visit http://springfield-nj.us/
- Summit’s 4th of July celebration begins with a bicycle parade, rides, games and other activities at Memorial Field, 85 Larned Road, from 9:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. At 7:45 p.m., the Cameos will perform and at 9:15 p.m., the fireworks will begin. In the event of rain, the concert and fireworks will be held July 5. For more information, visit www.cityofsummit.org
- Union will celebrate the 4th of July with entertainment at Biertuempfel Memorial Park at Vauxhall Road and Winslow Avenue starting at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Rain date: July 5.
Fireworks & Baseball
The New York Mets will have a fireworks show after their 7:10 p.m. game with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, July 3. For more tickets and more information, visit mets.com. The Somerset Patriots will have fireworks after their games with the Camden Riversharks on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit somersetpatriots.com. The New Jersey Jackals will have fireworks after their 6:35 p.m. game with the Trois Rivieres Aigles at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls. For tickets and information, visit www.jackals.com
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