Fireworks Highlight Highland Park Independence Day Celebration

HIGHLAND PARK – Highland Park will celebrate the nation’s birthday with a day-long celebration, culminating in a Fireworks Display in conjunction with the city of New Brunswick on Sunday, July 7, in Donaldson Park, South 2nd Avenue and Valentine Street.

The annual event, which has become one of the most successful Borough events, begins at 3:00 pm with musical performances, games, food and entertainment for the entire family. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

Families may spend the day in Donaldson Park, where there will be activities for children, including face painting, balloon animals, performances and carnival booths. New to the celebration this year are two tutorial sessions for children and adults; Raritan River in the Revolution and Stone Skipping, sponsored by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.

“The Fireworks in the Park event is always a favorite among many residents,” said Andrea Baay, Recreations Program Director. “Families spend all afternoon in the park, enjoying the activities and shows. They have dinner here, and then watch the fireworks display. It’s a really fun celebration.”

Scheduled performances and demonstrations include:

  • 3 p.m. Raritan River in the Revolution
  • 3:30 p.m. HP Youth Theater Group – Musical Review
  • 4 p.m. Stone Skipping
  • 4:45 p.m. The Fletchers
  • 6:15 p.m. Mile Long Boyz
  • 6:30 p.m. HP Folk Dancers
  • 7 p.m. HP Municipal Band
  • 7 p.m. Jess & Adam
  • 7:30 p.m. Farrington Sound

Numerous Highland Park restaurants are offering a diverse array of food options, from hot dogs to Peruvian delicacies and Caribbean cuisine. Kosher food will be available as well. Local vendors are on hand to display their products and provide fun activities.

The rain date for the celebration is scheduled for Sunday, July 14. For more information, contact The Department of Community Services at 732-819-0052.

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