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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Festivities begin at dusk featuring fireworks. Raindate July 4. 7
Entrance , Hamilton, 609-890-3684. Music by the Fabulous Greaseband
followed by fireworks. Raindate is Tuesday, July 8. Free. 7:30
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.
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
1050 River Road, Piscataway, 732-745-4489. Free. Noon.
school, 609-259-3151. Fireworks and an annual street fair. Free. 8
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."
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. Www.americasbirthday.com 9 a.m.
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.
Trenton, 609-396-1776. The Barracks Museum is open for living history
tours. $6 adults; $4, children, students, and seniors. 10 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Department Lot, Market and Warren streets, 609-989-3169. This is tentative.
Call to confirm. 5 p.m.
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.
Campus, Lawrenceville, 609-844-7065. Musical entertainment followed
by fireworks. 7 p.m.
Rock Cats. Fireworks after the game. $8. 7:05 p.m.
Community Park, Groville Road, 609-298-2800. Entertainment followed
by fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Saturday, July 5. 7:30 p.m.
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.
215-295-3694. Third annual performance of the musical about the United
States beginnings. Free. 8:30 p.m.
Avenue, 800-732-7467. Fireworks you can view from the beach. 9
Saturday, July 5
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.
County Park. Concert and fireworks. Bring your own picnic. 7:30
Fireworks at dusk. Free. 9 p.m.
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 www.riversidesymphonia.org.
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.
215-295-3694. Free. 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 6
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.
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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