It’s 2015 and that means that the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday. However, some communities have planned out their festivities to celebrate America’s Day of Independence to last the entire weekend. So if you’re looking for fireworks or just some entertainment, these are what the towns around us have on offer:
There’s a parade from Wilson Avenue through town to the borough parking lot on Craig Place on Saturday at 10 am. At approximately 9.30 pm (dusk) there will be a firework display at the Arthur Johnson High School.
The celebration starts on Saturday the 4th with canoe races at 8 am and then, for the more energetic, there’s the 34th Annual Firecracker 4 mile Run at 8.30 am. This scenic tree-lined course is USATF certified and has mile splits and water stops. After the race, there will be refreshments, music, face painting, rides and games at about 2 pm. There will also be prizes for the race winners and a raffle. The day closes with a fireworks display at Nomahegan Park at dusk.
There will be fireworks at dusk with free ice cream for the children. This will be sponsored by the borough, Mountainside PAL and Mountainside Fire Company. Time and place is 9:00 pm on July 4th at Deerfield School, 302 Central Avenue in Mountainside.
They are celebrating on July 3rd at 7 pm on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue. Entertainment includes a DJ, juggler show, sidewalk chalk drawing and fireworks.
The 92nd Annual Central Jersey July 4th Celebration begins with a Veterans Parade on East Front Street at 10 am. Things conclude with events in the Park and fireworks.
There’s a lot to do in Springfield. There will be music by 1910 Fruitgum Company and John Ford Coley. There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train, moonwalk, water slide, food and drinks. All of this concludes with fireworks and takes place on the 4th at Meisel Avenue Park.
July 4th starts with a flag raising ceremony at 9.45 am. This is followed by a children’s decorated bicycle parade, music by Polka Dot and the Kootz, races, crafts and games. At 7.45 pm, at Soldiers Memorial Field, there will be a concert with the Cameos, concluding with a fireworks display at 9:15 pm. A busy day for sure.
The Westfield Community Concert Band will play contemporary and classic selections, overtures, Broadway tunes, popular music and traditional marches on July 2nd at 7.30 pm in Mindowaskin Park. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
Have a great July 4th. Please enjoy yourselves and stay safe!