Winter has Christmas while the fall has Halloween and Thanksgiving when it comes to holidays. The most popular summer holiday is the Fourth of July where red-blooded Americans celebrate the founding of the country. Communities, both large and small, celebrate Independence Day with parades, cookouts, music, and fireworks. People living at The Avenue in South Orange are quite fortunate that they have a plethora of nearby Fourth of July events they can enjoy.
The 15,963 individuals who live in South Orange, New Jersey, always look forward to the Fourth of July. (1) The entire state of New Jersey is rich with history as it pertains to the Revolutionary War. A number of pivotal battles were fought in the state, such as the Battle of Princeton and the Battle of Monmouth. Probably the most important battle was the Battle of Trenton in 1776 where Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to attack Hessian forces in Trenton on Christmas Day. (2)
Residents of The Avenue at South Orange have a lot of options when it comes to enjoying a spectacular fireworks show on the Fourth of July. The Woodbridge Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks event takes place on July 3rd at around 9pm. (3) Passaic will kick off their annual Family Festival and Fireworks event at 6pm at Pulaski Park on July 4th. The festival runs for four days with fireworks taking place on July 6th at 10pm. (4) The nearby community of Clark will light up the night sky behind the Arthur L. Johnson High School with a fireworks display at 9pm on July 4th.
New Brunswick is the site of several Fourth of July events that those living at The Avenue are interested in attending. Christ Church Cemetery will conduct a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10am, along with a lecture called Reflections on Women in the Revolution and the serving of colonial-era refreshments. Another Independence Day event in New Brunswick takes place at Buccleuch Park that will feature patriotic music by the Mark Heter Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, tours of the historic Buccleuch Mansion, and a reenactment of George Washington’s Feu de Joie (Fire of Joy) on the exact spot the original ceremony took place on July 4th, 1778.
Piscataway is the site of the first national Fourth of July celebration, which took place on July 4th, 1778. (5) The Independence Day festivities will begin at 11am with lots of music and BBQ at East Jersey Old Town Village. People can meet famous historical figures like George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Baron von Steuben. The town’s fireworks will begin at 9:30pm at the Piscataway High School stadium. East Brunswick will hold their Fourth of July celebration at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, beginning at 4pm. This event features free bounce rides, face painting, and balloon twisting, along with live music and then fireworks once it gets dark.
Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange says, “The highlight of summer is celebrating Independence Day with friends and family. I like to start the day off easy by watching Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on TV. I wonder if Joey Chestnut can continue his reign of dominance or will this be the year that a challenger dethrones him? Over the last decade, he’s lost only once. After watching contestants wolf down copious amounts of hot dogs, I plan on attending one the many different Fourth of July celebrations taking place around South Orange. I know quite a few residents are planning to visit the Buccleuch Mansion and listen to the live reading of the Declaration of Independence. Afterward, they’ll listen to the thunderous sounds of cannons firing as Washington’s Fire of Joy ceremony is reenacted. The only hard decision is deciding on which fireworks show to watch once the sky darkens.” (6)
6) Quote from Cynthia Hernandez of The Avenue at South Orange