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Celebrate Independence Day
It wouldn’t be the Fourth without fireworks, and you can take your pick, starting Wednesday, June 30 through Monday, July 5. Before the sparkles and the noise, enjoy musical celebrations that range from a Dixieland band in East Windsor to the New Jersey Symphony at Mercer County Park.
Independence Day Celebration, Montgomery Recreation, Orchard Hill Elementary School, 609-466-3023. Entertainment, games, food, and fireworks. No rain date. 7 p.m.
Independence Day Fireworks, Spirit of Princeton, Princeton Stadium, Fitzrandolph & Western Way, 609-924-3118. DJ music followed by a firework display organized by the Spirit of Princeton citizens’ committee. Parking is off Faculty Road only. Handicapped parking available. Raindate is Friday, July 2. Free. 6:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration, East Windsor Township, Etra Lake Park, 609-443-4000. Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Raindate is Monday, July 5. 6 p.m.
Fireworks, Red Bank, Marine Park, Warf Avenue, 888-447-8696. Festivities begin at dusk featuring fireworks. 7 p.m.
Concert and Fireworks, Hamilton Veterans Park, South Entrance, Hamilton, 609-890-3684. Music by the Mahoney Brothers followed by fireworks. 7:30 p.m.
Concert and Fireworks, New Jersey Symphony, Mercer County Park, West Windsor, 800-ALLEGRO. “Showstoppers: A Celebration of Great Music Composed for the Stage and Screen” features music by Rossini, Gershwin, Bernstein, Rodgers, Loewe, Berlin, and Bizet. Guest conductor is Robert Billig. Fireworks to follow. Bring chairs and blankets. No raindate. Free. 7:30 p.m.
Concert Under the Stars, Riverside Symphonia, Tinicum Park, River Road, Erwinna, Pennsylvania, 609-397-7300. This popular annual July Fourth concert features patriotic favorites, American show tunes, and movie themes performed by the 60-piece professional orchestra. Featured vocalist is Caitlyn McCloughan. Park gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and dance party with Caution. $18 adults; $10 children. 8 p.m.
Oceanfest 2004, Long Branch, Oceanfront Promenade, 732-222-0400. Biggest Independence Day celebration on the Jersey shore features sandsculpting exhibits, beach soccer, 3-on-3 basketball, rides and games, clowns, food, and music. Concert at 7 p.m., followed by world-class fireworks display on the beach below the promenade. Free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Independence Day, Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville, 215-946-0400. Open today with demonstrations of historic trades. $5 adults; $3 children. 10 a.m.
Independence Day Celebration, Freehold Boro, Freehold Raceway, Route 33, 732-946-2711. Annual independence day celebration features rides, music, food, and vendors. Music, magic, stiltwalking, and juggling. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Raindate is Monday, July 5. 5:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration, Ewing Township, Armstrong Park, 609-883-2900. Music and fireworks. 6:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Celebration, Borough of Highland Park, Donaldson Park, 732-819-0411. Concert by eclectic band deSol followed by fireworks. Free. 7 p.m.
Independence Day, Lawrence Township, Rider University Campus, Lawrenceville, 609-844-7065. Musical entertainment by the T Birds, followed by fireworks. 7 p.m.
Annual Fishing Contest, Allentown, Allentown Lake on Main Street, 609-259-3151. Allentown’s famous Fourth of July fishing contest takes place from 9 a.m to noon for children 12 and under (and their helpers) with lots of prizes. Bait provided. Canoes, oared boats, or boats with electric motor engines only. Free. 8 a.m.
Fireworks, Bradley Beach, Brinley Avenue Beach, 732-776-2999. Fireworks. 9 p.m.
Independence Day, Cranbury, Village Park, 609-395-0544. Concert followed by fireworks. 7 p.m.
Key of She seeks a singer for a six-women pop-jazz a cappella group. Weekly rehearsals, monthly performances. Serious applicants only. Call Amy at 609-580-0093.
Yardley Player seeks actors for the comedy “Heaven Can Wait” to open at Kelsey Theater on Friday, October 29. Auditions are Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mercer College, West Windsor. Room location will be posted at the theater. Call 215-675-0262.
Loews Cineplex screens “Peter Pan” on Wednesday, July 14 to benefit the newest Ronald McDonald House on Somerset Street, New Brunswick. The home away from home is for families with seriously ill children being treated at area hospitals. The movie begins at 10 a.m. Call 732-222-8755 for information.
Conference Center at New Jersey Hospital Association seeks vendors for their first summer craft show. The event is Saturday, July 17, from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Call 609-275-4140.
Princeton Hunger Walk seeks volunteers to help organize, plan, raise money, and walk. Cropwalk is Sunday, October 17, 1:30 p.m. Call 609-924-6466.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Trenton seeks all alumni to celebrate the school’s 100-Year Reunion scheduled for Friday, October 8, from 2 to 6 pm. Call Sharon Harmon at 609-656-4790.
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