Independence Day weekend is upon us and there's no shortage of events and fireworks in the area this weekend. Check out Patch's roundup for everything you need to know to celebrate July 4th in style.
Friday, July 1
Hamilton Township Concert and Fireworks, 6:30 p.m., Veterans Park, off Kuser Road, Hamilton Township. The Fabulous Greaseband, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, will entertain the crowd by performing hits from the '50s through the '90s. After the concert, fireworks will be set off about 9 p.m.
, 9 p.m. , 87 Prospect Ave, Princeton. The best viewing site is from the Princeton University sports fields immediately next to The University Stadium. Fields open at 7 p.m. for picnicking, with fireworks at dusk, usually shortly after 9 p.m. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
Saturday, July 2
South Brunswick Independence Day Festival, 5 p.m. , 195 Major Rd, Monmouth Junction. South Brunswick’s second annual Independence Day Festival and fireworks display will take place at Crossroads South Middle School, located at Major Road and Kingston Lane.
The event will kick-off with a variety of shows including:
- A Disc Jockey on stage from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- 12 vintage Corvettes
- Pony rides from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- A wandering magician from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a magic show at 7 p.m.
- A Free Reptile Show from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- A dunk tank
- The Fire Company’s Water Works
- Two Free moonwalks
- Tables for face painting, sand art, and a spin art.
There will also be at least 10 food vendors offering everything from pizza and Oriental barbecue to cotton candy and ice cream. The highlight of the event will occur at about 9 p.m. when the sky will light up with the fireworks spectacular. In case of rain, the festival will be held Sunday, July 3.
, 6 p.m. , Milford Road and Etra Road, East Windsor. Free entertainment begins with Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band followed at 7:30 p.m. by The Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One. The spectacular fireworks display will commence immediately following the musical presentations, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Bring your blankets and chairs, and use the barbecue grills for a night of free fun at beautiful Etra Lake Park. Vendors also will be present selling refreshments.
, 7:30 p.m. , 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrence Township. The annual Independence Day celebration returns to with a concert at 7:30 p.m. by Kindred Spirits. The fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. Come early to secure a prime spot to enjoy the show. Rain date will be Sunday, July 3.
Sunday, July 3
New Brunswick Fireworks and Concert, 7 p.m. , Memorial Parkway, New Brunswick. A free concert by Rumba Con Son will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then The Fins will perform from 8 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. followed by the fireworks. According to the New Brunswick recreation website, handicap parking will be available behind the stage and near the Rutgers Boat House, in Boyd Park. Additional free parking will be at the Public Safety parking deck at the corner of Commercial Avenue and Neilson Street, a block away from Boyd Park. Call 732-745-5125 for more information.
Highland Park's "Fireworks in the Park," 4 p.m. Donaldson Park. Performances begin at 4 p.m. with Danny Kim and special guest Kim Adlerman. At 5:30 p.m. local talent will perform and at 7 p.m. area favorties The Nerds will begin their set. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. There will be music, activities, demos, food and beverages. Visit hpboro.com, for more information.
Monday, July 4
Milltown Independence Day Parade and Celebration, 6 a.m. 39 Washington Avenue, Milltown. The borough has a great line up of activities to celebrate Independence Day. The festivities kick off at 6 a.m. with a fishing derby then continue through the day with a parade, live music, vendors, fireworks, food and more. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Van Liew Avenue and continues down Main Street to East Lincoln and then to JFK Boulevard, ending at Violet Terrace. Festivities will continue from noon to 3 p.m. at Borough Park, with rides for the kids, ice cream, food, music and more. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Ewing Township Indepdendence Day Parade. The parade will form up on Parkside Avenue at North Olden Avenue. It will begin promptly at 10 a.m. The route is as follows: Parkside Avenue to Parkway Avenue; turn right on Parkway Avenue; follow Parkway Avenue to the Reviewing Stand opposite Ewing High School. The parade will end approximately 1,000 feet past the reviewing stand. In case of inclement weather, the Ewing Township Patriotic Committee will hold its Independence Day program in the Ewing High School Auditorium.