So you live in a town in western Union County, New Jersey, like Scotch Plains or Fanwood, and you have no local July 4 celebrations. Should you stay home and watch the fireworks on television? No. Actually, you have plenty of opportunities to join in the fun, providing you hop in the car and go a few miles.
You can go to neighboring Clark on July 4 and see the fireworks, which start at 9pm at Arthur L. Johnson high school at 365 Westfield Ave.The recreation department advises that prior to the fireworks, there will be music and refreshments. Please call (732)381-5395 or visit the Clark website..
Cranford has a busy day planned for the 4th. The setting is Nomahegan Park for all activities. Canoe races will start at 8am, a Firecracker Fun Run will start at 9am, followed by a Four Mile race at 9:30am. Later in the day, a bicycle-decorating contest will happen at 1:30pm, then an egg toss at 2pm and more races at 2:30pm. Fireworks will start at dusk.For further information, call (908)-709-7283 or view the Cranford website.
Springfield promises a grand Fourth. A “family picnic” opens at 5pm in Meisel Park. All are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and picnic food. For the kids, there will be pony rides, mechanical rides, a petting zoo, a trackless train, and more. Entertainment at 7:30pm will be provided by the 1910 Fruitgum Company and the Toys, both providing their own music and hits from the 60’s and 70’s. There will also be a giant 50-50 raffle. Fireworks will begin at dusk. A $5 donation will be collected at the gate. Children under 2 are free. The rain date will be the next clear night. For further information, call the recreation department at (973)912-2227 or visit Springfield on the web.
North Plainfield in neighboring Somerset County is kicking off its 10th annual parade on July 4 with a new route. At 10am it will start at North Plainfield high school on Wilson Ave., then will turn left onto Greenbrook Road, then right onto and ending at Craig Place. The fireworks will be at dusk, but not until July 9. There will be a concert that evening at 7pm. Visit North Plainfield on the web or call (908)769-2902 for more info.
If you’ll be away on July 4, you’ll have opportunities to see parades and fireworks in other towns on other dates.
In Plainfield, fireworks go off on Friday, July 1 at 9:30pm sharp in Cedar Brook Park, according to David Wynn, superintendent of recreation. Everyone is invited to be in the park all day. Between 4 and 4:30pm, a state police helicopter will arrive to showcase the new fleet. At 6pm, a DJ will provide cool jazz until the fireworks. The display is “spectacular every year,” says Winn.. For more information on the day’s events and the July 2 parade, call (908)753-3097
Westfield has no July 4 plans, but on Thursday, June 30, according to the Westfield Leader on 6/23/11, there will be a town-wide Independence Day concert in Mindowaskin Park at 6:30pm provided by the Westfield Community Band. They will play several patriotic pieces as well as American theater music, including pieces from “Wicked..”.
A trip to New Providence on Sunday, July 3, will find you at the Independence Day Celebration Festival. South Street will be closed off from Springfield Ave. to Gales Drive. At 8pm two children will present a “Kids’ Patriotic Concert”, followed by fireworks at approximately 9:30pm. Prior to the concert, DJ Mike Savage will provide music from the top of the New Providence fuel “Jets” truck on South Street. For more details, see the local business association website, or call (908)665-1400, ext. 401.
As you can see, you and your family will not be at a loss to celebrate Independence Day. And live events are much more fun than watching television.