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In the Sky: Oohs & Aahs Forever

Fireworks on the beach. At the ball game. In the park.

At the lake. On the Fourth or the day after. How do you like your

fireworks? This weekend, you can have your Ooohs and Aaahs any way

you like and almost anywhere you like.

Celebrations range from fireworks, concerts (including the New Jersey

Symphony’s "Celebrate America" concert at Mercer County Park

in West Windsor on Saturday, July 5), picnics, street fairs, parades,

and even a kids’ fishing tournament. Families still undecided over

which direction to take will find activities scheduled to fit into

almost any scenario.

Theater performances, including Camelot at Washington Crossing State

Park, continue as usual. Most of the historical museums are open with

some providing special tours. Check the day-by-day listings for the

entire week to see even more happenings.

Wednesday, July 2

Montgomery Township, Orchard Hill Elementary School, 244

Orchard Road, Skillman, 908-359-7003. Fourth of July celebration with

music, games, rides, and food sales, fireworks at dusk. The Van Harlingen

Historical Society will open the nearby one-room Bedensville School

to the public at 6:30 p.m. Free. 4 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks, Spirit of Princeton,

Princeton University Fields, Washington Road, 609-924-3118. DJ music

followed by a fireworks display organized by the Spirit of Princeton

citizens’ committee. Parking is off Faculty Road only. Handicapped

parking available. Raindate is Thursday, July 3. Free. 6:30 p.m.

Princeton Coalition for Peace Action, "Peace is Patriotic"

event, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Monument Park, Princeton. Bring a picnic supper,

listen to music, and hear speakers on the Patriot Act. Includes the

annual presentation of the Patriot for Peace Award.

Thursday, July 3

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 Saturday, July 5. 6 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration, Wall Township, Municipal

Complex, 732-449-8444. Annual kids race at 6:30 p.m. followed by a

live band, clowns, and concession stands at 7 p.m. Fireworks display

at 9 p.m. Raindate is Saturday, July 5. 6:30 p.m.

Fireworks, Red Bank, Marine Park, Warf Avenue, 888-447-8696.

Festivities begin at dusk featuring fireworks. Raindate July 4. 7


Concert and Fireworks, Hamilton Veterans Park, South

Entrance , Hamilton, 609-890-3684. Music by the Fabulous Greaseband

followed by fireworks. Raindate is Tuesday, July 8. Free. 7:30


Manasquan Main Beach, Manasquan, 732-223-0544. Parade

begins at First Avenue and Ocean at 6:30 p.m. Outdoor concert with

Rory Daniels Band on Main Street Beach followed by a fireworks display

at dusk. Raindate is July 5. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Pomp and Circumstance, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association,

The Great Auditorium, Ocean and Pilgrim pathways, Ocean Grove, 732-988-0645.

Summer classical series begins a patriotic program,"Pomp and Circumstance:

a 9th Birthday Celebration for the Hope-Jones Pipe Organ." The concert

features works written or transcribed for organ with brass accompaniment.

$12. 7:30 p.m.

Program includes "Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 in

D," "Variations on the Star Spangled Banner," "Elgar’s

Military March in G," and Charles Ives’ "Variations on America.

Friday, July 4

Fourth of July Program, East Jersey Olde Towne Village,

1050 River Road, Piscataway, 732-745-4489. Free. Noon.

Freedom Fest, Allentown, High Street near the high

school, 609-259-3151. Fireworks and an annual street fair. Free. 8


Fourth of July, 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. Free. 9 a.m.

"Fourth of July is for kids and their families," says

volunteer recreation commissioner Ron Dunster. "Everybody gets

a chance and there are prizes for everyone. You may catch the same

fish twice — that’ll win a prize too. It’s worth it just to see

the excitement on the kids faces."

July Fourth Finale, Independence Day Festival, Philadelphia,

800-770-5883. The week-long festival culminates with a patriotic celebration

that begins at 9 a.m. with a ceremony recognizing Sandra Day O’Connor

with the Liberty Medal of 2003. July Fourth parade begins at 6 p.m.

along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, starting from 20th and Arch streets.

Concert and fireworks in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum at 8:30

p.m. 9 a.m.

Independence Day, Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury

Memorial Road, Morrisville, 215-946-0400. Open today for some pre-revolutionary

peace and quiet at William Penn’s 17th-century country plantation.

$5; $4.50 seniors; $3 children. 9 am to 5 p.m.

Independence Day, Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street,

Trenton, 609-396-1776. The Barracks Museum is open for living history

tours. $6 adults; $4, children, students, and seniors. 10 a.m.

Oceanfest 2003, Long Branch, Oceanfront Promenade,

732-222-0400. Biggest Independence Day celebration on the Jersey shore

features sandscullting exhibits, beach soccer, 3-on-3 basketball,

rides and games, clowns, food, and music. Concert at 7 p.m., followed

by fireworks on the beach. Free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration, Ewing Township, Green

Lane, Ewing, 609-883-2900. At 10 a.m., the 40th annual Independence

Day parade steps off at Buttonwood and Parkside Avenue and proceeds

to Ewing High School. At 6:30 p.m., music and fireworks at Armstrong

Park. Free. 10 a.m.

Fourth of July Celebration, Washington Crossing Historic

Park , Village of Taylorsville, Route 32 and 532, Washington Crossing,

215-493-4076. Reading of the Declaration of Independence, kid’s activities,

as the historic village comes to life to celebrate 1776. The militia

takes shape and General Washington pleas for troops. Cannon and artillery

salutes by Revolutionary war soldiers throughout the day, with Colonial

trade and craft demonstrations. At noon, the Town Crier reads the

Declaration of Independence outside the McKonkey Ferry Inn, and at

3 p.m. 25 costumed criers give the history of their craft. $5 adults;

$3 children. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Independence Day, Princeton Battlefield Park, Mercer

Street, 609-921-0074. A lecture on the Battle of Princeton takes place

near the flagpole, and a Revolutionary War reenactment group will

perform their historic drills. The Clark House Museum is open for

tours, with 18th-century games for children and adults, and refreshments.

Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The park is the site of the January 3, 1777, Battle of Princeton

when General George Washington defeated British forces in one of the

more fiercely fought battles of the American Revolution. The Clark

farmhouse, now open to visitors, was used as a field hospital and

the site of General Hugh Mercer’s death.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, Fonthill Museum, East

Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown, 215-348-9461. Live music,

Phaydeaux’s Fabulous Flying Flea Circus, plus a women’s suffrage debate.

Free old-time games and food concessions. In case of rain, event is

canceled. $3; $1 youth; under 6 free. Noon to 5 p.m.

Fourth of July Program, East Jersey Olde Towne Village,

1050 River Road, Piscataway, 732-745-4489. American Historical Theater.

Also the opening of the Williamson Wheelwright Shop, an authentic

19th century shop where carriages and wheels were made and repairs.

Free. 2 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks, City of Trenton, Labor

Department Lot, Market and Warren streets, 609-989-3169. This is tentative.

Call to confirm. 5 p.m.

Fourth of July Extravaganza, Franklin Township,

475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2500. Entertainment by Master Yu’s

Karate, and preview of Villager’s Theater "Bye Bye Birdie,"

and Dixieland Jazz Band. Concert by Emil Stucchio and "The Classics"

at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Raindate Sunday, July 6, concert

at 2:30 p.m. Free. 6 p.m.

Independence Day, Lawrence Township, Rider University

Campus, Lawrenceville, 609-844-7065. Musical entertainment followed

by fireworks. 7 p.m.

Trenton Thunder, Waterfront Park, 609-394-8326. New Britain

Rock Cats. Fireworks after the game. $8. 7:05 p.m.

July Fourth Celebration, Bordentown Township, Northern

Community Park, Groville Road, 609-298-2800. Entertainment followed

by fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Saturday, July 5. 7:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Sing-Along, Copper Penny Players,

York Street Park, Lambertville, 609-397-8700. Sixth annual Fourth

of July sing-along. Bring a flashlight or candle. Sing-along songsheets

provided. Free. 8 p.m.

1776, Actors’ NET, Williamson Park, Morrisville,

215-295-3694. Third annual performance of the musical about the United

States beginnings. Free. 8:30 p.m.

Fireworks, Seaside Heights, Boardwalk and Webster

Avenue, 800-732-7467. Fireworks you can view from the beach. 9


Saturday, July 5

Festival of Sails and Seafood, Keyport Recreation Commission,

First Street between Broad and Church streets, Keyport, 732-946-2711.

Two-day event features oyster and seafood, a colorful parade of sailboats

on the bay, entertainments, claim and oyster-shucking competitions,

seafood chowder cook-off, and fireworks. Also Sunday, July 6. Free.

11 a.m.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, West Windsor, Mercer

County Park. Concert and fireworks. Bring your own picnic. 7:30


Independence Day, Cranbury, Village Park, 609-395-0544.

Fireworks at dusk. Free. 9 p.m.

Concert Under the Stars, Riverside Symphonia, Tinicum

Park, River Road, Erwinna, Pennsylvania, 609-397-7300. Patriotic favorites,

American show tunes, and movie themes performed by the 60-piece professional

orchestra directed by Mariusz Smolij. Park gates open at 6 p.m. for

picnicking; bring a picnic or purchase food at the park. $18; $10

children. 8 p.m.

Program includes music from Harry Potter, Carousel Waltz, Amazing

Grace, A Salute to the Big Bands, music from Guys and Dolls, and the

1812 Overture. Advance tickets available at

Stars and Stripes Forever, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting

Association , The Great Auditorium, Ocean and Pilgrim pathways,

Ocean Grove, 732-988-0645. The Allentown Band, America’s oldest civilian

concert band, presents "Stars and Stripes Forever: A Concert in

the Style of John Philip Sousa." $20. 8 p.m.

1776, Actors’ NET, Williamson Park, Morrisville,

215-295-3694. Free. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 6

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 7. 5:30 p.m.

Star Spangled Spectacular, NJ Performing Arts Center,

Prudential Hall, Newark, 888-GO-NJPAC. Tenor Daniel Rodriguez and

the NJSO led by Tom Scott. Rodriguez is known as the New York City

singing policeman who caltured the nation after 9/11. CDs include

"From the Heart" and "The Spirit of America." $19

to $72. 7:30 p.m.

Members of the military, policemen, and firemen, receive two

tickets for the price of one.

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