4th of July Celebrations Along the Raritan River July 1-9

George Washington and 11,000 patriots celebrated America’s first official Independence Day on the banks of the Raritan in Piscataway on July 4, 1778. This year several historic sites will come together to recreate that celebration with spectacular lineup of events from July 1-July 9. Don’t miss it!

4th of July Celebrations along the Raritan River  

Saturday, July 1, 2017 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Star Spangled Sing Along

Celebrating America’s Birthday with a Patriotic Sing-along, Piscataway Township School students and adult vocal and instrumental groups lead the audience in singing traditional American Patriotic songs from the 18th century to present day. Held on the lawn of the historic site that serves as Piscataway’s official historical and cultural museum, guests are asked to bring chairs or blankets. No charge.

Metlar-Bodine House Museum
1281River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08816

Sponsors: Piscataway Township Schools and the Fellowship for Metlar House

For information: 732.463.8363

Parking available – From River Road take Hillcrest to Logan Lane at top of hill and make a left. Lane ends at the Museum’s largest parking lot/Johnson’s Park lot (overflow)

http://www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org/


Saturday and Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017

12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visit the American Art Gallery at the Zimmerli Art MuseumWorks in the American Gallery at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University span over three centuries and include a portrait of George Washington by Jane Stuart, the daughter of Gilbert Stuart, who took over the “family business” of producing fine portraits of our first President, which remained in high demand long after both Washington and Gilbert Stuart’s death, and the 1804 Ezra Ames painting of Simeon de Witt – a 1776 Rutgers graduate, who was General George Washington’s mapmaker and surveyor during the Revolutionary War. Other works in the gallery are selected from the Zimmerli’s collection of 16,500 objects by American artists from the late 1700s to the 21st century, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and decorative arts. Admission to the Zimmerli is always free.

Zimmerli Art Museum
71 Hamilton St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

For more information: 848.932.7237

Parking available: street

 

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

See the Exhibit: No Ordinary Family

Immerse yourself in the history of the Low family and their lives in Colonial America. Explore Cornelius Low’s “House on the Mountain”, a beautiful Georgian structure celebrating a 275 year legacy.

The Cornelius Low House
1225 River Road Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

Sponsors:

For information: Low House 732.745.4177

Parking available: Follow signs to Sutphen Road lot on Busch Campus

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov 

 

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Visit East Jersey Old Town

East Jersey Old Town is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures. The buildings are representative of the vernacular architecture typical of farm and merchant communities, once found in central New Jersey. The Village functions as an educational model, dedicated to teaching the history, traditions, folk arts and craftsmanship of the people who lived and worked throughout the region. Take a step back in time for “Raritan Landing…Uncovering a Forgotten Past”, a permanent exhibit showcasing Middlesex County’s Colonial Port Community.

East Jersey Old Town
1050 River Road Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

Sponsors:

For information: Old Town 732.745.3030

Parking available: lot

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov


Sunday, July 2, 2017 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Guided Tours of Piscataway Township’s official History Museum on the hour and half hour

Piscataway’s official history museum uses its large collection of artifacts with Central New Jersey provenance to illustrate the theme From Indian Trail to Interstate, concentrating on how transportation affected the area’s society and economics. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open.

Metlar-Bodine House Museum
1281River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08816

For information: 732.463.8363

Parking available – From River Road take Hillcrest to Logan Lane at top of hill and make a left. Lane ends at the Museum’s largest parking lot/Johnson’s Park lot (overflow)

http://www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org/

 

5:00 p.m.  

Borough of Highland Park Fireworks (Rain date: July 3)

Fireworks at sundown! Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with live music, Youth Theater Musical Review, activities for children and demonstrations. A wide variety of food vendors will be on hand.

Donaldson Park
S 2nd Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904

Information: 732.819.0052

Parking available: street parking, handicap parking available

www.hpboro.com/

 

 5:00 p.m.

New Brunswick Fireworks (Rain date: July 9)

Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks! New Brunswick’s Boyd Park will open at 5pm with activities, with live music at 6pm, and the spectacular fireworks display at 9:15pm. Food will be available for purchase, and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin. Alcohol is prohibited.  

Elmer B. Boyd Park
Rt. 18 North
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Parking available: Free parking at Rutgers Public Safety Deck on Neilson Street with additional parking at the Middlesex County Boat Landing and handicap parking available at Boyd Park

Information: 732.745.5125

http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/recreation/special-events/


 Tuesday, July 4, 2017

 9:00 a.m.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A reenactment of one of the earliest public readings of the Declaration of Independence that was made at the foot of the church tower on July 9, 1776 by Col. John Neilson.

Christ Church Cemetery
5 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

For information: 732.545.6262

Parking: Street and city parking

 

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

East Jersey Old Town Celebrates the 4th of July

On July 4, 2017, Dave Emerson of History on the Hoof will portray George Washington at 1pm and 3pm in the Indian Queen Tavern at East Jersey Old Town.  In addition, the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Fife and Drum Corps will play as they roam the grounds of the Village. East Jersey Old Town is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures.

East Jersey Old Town
1050 River Road Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

For information: Old Town 732.745.3030

Parking available: lot

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov

 

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

See the Exhibit: No Ordinary Family

Immerse yourself in the history of the Low family and their lives in Colonial America. Explore Cornelius Low’s “House on the Mountain”, a beautiful Georgian structure celebrating a 275 year legacy.

The Cornelius Low House
1225 River Road Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

For information: Low House 732.745.4177

Parking available: Follow signs to Sutphen Road lot on Busch Campus

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov

 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Guided Tours of Piscataway Township’s official History Museum on the hour and half hour

Piscataway’s official history museum uses its large collection of artifacts with Central New Jersey provenance to illustrate the theme From Indian Trail to Interstate, concentrating on how transportation affected the area’s society and economics. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open.

Metlar-Bodine House Museum
1281River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08816

For information: 732.463.8363

Parking available – From River Road take Hillcrest to Logan Lane at top of hill and make a left. Lane ends at the Museum’s largest parking lot/Johnson’s Park lot (overflow)

http://www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org/

 

2:00 p.m.

Washington’s feu de joie [fire of joy] salute to the American Army

Washington’s feu de joie [fire of joy] salute to the American Army on July 4, 1778, is a military declaration of American independence, 2 years (to the day) after the Congressional one in 1776

At 2pm on July 4th 2017, there will be a replication of this 1778 event on the actual ground where it occurred on the banks of the Raritan River. A single cannon will represent the American artillery, re-enacted by Lamb’s Artillery of Morris County and the foot soldiers are represented by 3-5re-enactors, although the actual 1778 musket line of over 11,000 patriots stretched 2 miles along the New Brunswick river-front. It is Washington’s message to the world that the independence sought by Congress is now being achieved on the battlefield. Speakers include historians David Martin and George Dawson.

Elmer B. Boyd Park
Rt. 18 North
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Parking available: Boyd Park and at the Middlesex County Boat Landing (north side of the park)

 

6:00 p.m.

Piscataway Township Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Food, kiddie rides, music, available at 6:00pm. Fireworks display begins at sundown at the Piscataway High School football stadium.

Piscataway High School Stadium
100 Behmer Rd (Hoes lane) Piscataway, NJ 08854

Sponsors: Piscataway Township and corporate donations.

Parking available: School parking lot

For information: Piscataway Recreation Department 732-562-2382

http://www.piscatawaynj.org/


Sunday, July 9, 2017

12:00 noon

New Brunswick Ceremony – Statue of Col. John Neilson, unveiling

New Brunswick Public Sculpture will be unveiling its sculpture of Col. John Neilson giving one of the first readings of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776.

Monument Square Park
Corner of George Street and Livingston Avenue
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Information: 732.745.5125

http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/recreation/special-events/

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