The celebrations for the 236th anniversary of the United State of American begin early this year. One of the first events is the eighth annual Mercer County Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 30, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor form 3 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.
The event features food, beer and wine gardens, craft vendors, live music, tethered hot-air balloon rides, games, water rides, a mechanical bull, a children’s area with inflatable rides, music, fireworks, and more.
Some of the numerous festivities in the area include:
Thursday, June 28
Fireworks, Montgomery Township, Montgomery High School. Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. Music by the Funkin Soulnuts band. Food available. Activities for children. Fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Wednesday, July 11. Visit website to purchase a parking pass. No alcohol or pets. 347-385-5578 or www.montgomeryfireworks.com.
Friday, June 29
Friday Night Fireworks, New Hope Chamber, New Hope and Lambertville. Friday, June 29, 5 p.m. Happy hours, dining, shopping, live music, celebrity guests, and fireworks over the Delaware River at 9:30 p.m. Donations invited. Inclement weather cancels. 215-862-9990 or www.newhopeLambertvillefireworks.com.
Stars n’ Stripes, Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville. Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. Musical revue features America’s greatest composers. Blankets, seat cushions, a flashlight, and insect repellent are recommended. Picnics welcome before show. Food available. $15. Through July 1. 267-885-9857 or www.dpacatoat.com.
Saturday, June 30
Freedom Festival, Mercer County, Mercer County Park, West Windsor. Saturday, June 30, 3 to 11 p.m. Food, games, beer and wine gardens, craft vendors, tethered hot-air balloon rides, water rides, mechanical bull rides, games, and inflatable rides. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Band performances by Amish Outlaws at 7:30 p.m., and Incognito after the fireworks. Free admission. 609-448-7107 or www.wpst.com/freedomfestival.
Sunday, July 1
Independence Day Celebration, City of New Brunswick, Boyd Park, banks of the Raritan. Sunday, July 1, 7 p.m. Rumba Con Son concert. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. thecityofnewbrunswick.org.
Monday, July 2
Peace is Patriotic, Coalition for Peace Action, Monument Park, Route 206 and Nassau Street, Princeton. Monday, July 2, 6 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch, lawn chair, and blanket. Music by the Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council. Honorees include Kip Cherry, Princeton Area Interfaith Anti-Torture Group; Jeffrey Laurenti, former executive director of the UN Association of the United States; and Edward Anthony Slater Jr., participant in Occupy Trenton. Ending in time for the Spirit of Princeton fireworks. 609-924-5022 or www.peacecoalition.org.
Fireworks, Spirit of Princeton, Princeton Stadium. Monday, July 2, 7 p.m. Independence Day celebration. Picnics welcome. Bring blankets or chairs. No alcoholic beverages. 609-683-4008 or www.spiritofprinceton.homestead.com.
Tuesday, July 3
Fireworks, East Windsor Township. Tuesday, July 3, 6 p.m. Music by Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a six piece band from the Delaware Valley region, and Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Raindate is Saturday, July 7. www.east-windsor.nj.us.
Fireworks, Hamilton Township, Veterans Park, Hamilton. Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. Music by Jimmy and the Parrots. Fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Sunday, July 5. 609-890-4028 or www.hamiltonnj.com.
Ocean Grove Summer Band, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove. Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m. “Happy Birthday, America” concert features the 1812 Overture, highlights from “Jersey Boys” and “The Music Man,” Sousa marches, and a patriotic sing-along. Harry D. Eichhorn conducts. Free will donations. 800-590-4064 or www.oceangrove.org.
Wednesday, July 4
Independence Day, Postal and bank holiday.
Independence Day Parade, Ewing Township, Parkside Avenue, Ewing, 609-883-2900. ewingnj.org. Tone Rangers Band perform. The parade ends at the high school. 10 a.m.
Celebrating America’s Independence Day, Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Road, Princeton. Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Revolutionary War reenactment soldiers and second Continental Artillery demonstrate drill, artillery, and flintlock muskets. Period games for all ages. Tour the Thomas Clarke House and the Arms of the Revolution exhibit. Bring a picnic lunch, hike on the trails. No barbecues or alcohol. Free. 609-921-0074.
Old-Fashioned Celebration, Fonthill Museum, East Court Street and Swamp Road, Doylestown. Wednesday, July 4, Noon to 5 p.m. Recreation of an early 20th century July Fourth celebration including a decorated bike parade, a town ball game, a watermelon eating contest, antique bicycle display, old-time games, and live music. $4. Bring your own picnic or purchase from vendors. No dogs allowed. Heavy rain cancels event. 215-348-9461 or www.mercermuseum.org.
Celebrate Independence Day, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington. Wednesday, July 4, Noon. Bring a picnic basket. Wine by the glass or bottle; brick oven pizza, and cheese platters are available. Live music from 6 to 9 p.m. 609-737-4465 or www.hopewellvalleyvineyards.com.
Independence Day, Middlesex County Cultural Commission, East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway. Wednesday, July 4, 2 p.m. Meet Abraham Lincoln. Register. Free. 732-745-3030 or www.cultureheritage.org.
Celebration, Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission, Thompson Park, Monroe. Wednesday, July 4, 5 p.m. Music and vendors. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 732-521-2111 or www.monroetownshipculturalarts.com.
July 4 Jubilee, Morven Museum, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton. Wednesday, July 4, Noon to 3 p.m. Sign the Declaration of Independence, commemorate the 13 colonies at a bell ringing ceremony, demonstrations of colonial life, meet George Washington, live music, refreshments, and more. 609-924-8144 or www.morven.org.
Celebratory Organ Concert, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove. Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. “Storms and Thunder, Stars and Pipes” features Gordon Turk on organ and Michael Stairs on piano. Free. 800-590-4064 or www.oceangrove.org.
July 4 Celebration, Oceanfest, Promenade, Long Branch. Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m. Family-friendly festival features musical acts, children’s shows, sand sculptors, crafters, food, entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. 732-222-0400 or www.oceanfestnj.com.
Trenton Thunder, Waterfront Park. Wednesday, July 4, 7:05 p.m. New Britain. $11 to $27. The team will wear stars and stripes jerseys. Independence Day fireworks post game. 609-394-3300 or www.trentonthunder.com.
Choral Concert of Patriotic Music, William Trent House, 15 Market Street, Trenton. Wednesday, July 4, 5:30 p.m. Trenton Capital Singers perform an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic. The first floor of the museum will be open for tours. Bring lawn chair or blanket. 609-989-0087 or www.Williamtrenthouse.org.
Thursday, July 5
Concert and Fireworks, Cranbury, Main Street. Thursday, July 5, 6:30 p.m. Concert by Mercer County Symphonic Band followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Bring blankets and a picnic dinner (no alcoholic beverages). 609-395-0900.
Friday, July 6
Friday Night Fireworks, New Hope Chamber, New Hope and Lambertville. Friday, July 6, 5 p.m. Happy hours, dining, shopping, live music, celebrity guests, and fireworks over the Delaware River at 9:30 p.m. Donations invited. Inclement weather cancels. 215-862-9990. www.newhopeLambertvillefireworks.com.
Independence Day Celebration, South Brunswick Recreation, Crossroads Middle School, 635 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction. Friday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. Music at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnics. Rain date is Saturday, July 7. 732-329-4000. www.sbtnj.net.