Happy Independence Day! Towns Gearing up for Celebrations All Day
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • 5:00am
Livingston - Activities start at 9 a.m. will include a car show at the Livingston High School, a patriotic ceremony and Kiwanis carnival at Haines pool, a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the gazebo and rides, live music and other attractions at the Memorial Park Oval, concluding with fireworks at dusk.
Maplewood - Opening ceremonies start at 8 a.m. in Ricalton Square. The Maplewood Civic Association is sponsoring an all-ages parade and other events throughout the day. A 5K run on Oakview Avenue starts at 9 a.m. At the same time, near the Oakview Avenue Skate House, high school students in the robotics club will show off their tech skills.
At 1 p..m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Zerbini Family Circus will perform at Memorial Park. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Fireworks begin at about 9 p.m. on the lawn opposite the town hall. Tags, which are $10 for admission to the circus, the fireworks and the 4 p.m. concert. Tags are available at the town hall clerk's office, the main and Hilton branches of the public library, the recreation department and DeHart Park.
Millburn - Activities including amusement rides, pony rides, duck races and face painting will take place at Taylor Park at Main Street and Ridgewood Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gates will open again at 7 p.m. for DJ and fireworks at dusk. Admission is $12; $5 for fireworks only. twp.millburn.nj.us or (973) 376-4343.
South Orange - Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Meadowland Park, North Ridgewood Road and Mead Street. There will be a bicycle rodeo, a parade along Meadowbrook Lane and a model boat exhibit at the duck pond. All residents will be admitted to the pool free with proof of residency.
West Orange - The annual Lefty Boland Fun Meet will begin at 6 p.m. at West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Ave., followed by pony rides and other attractions, a Rotary barbecue and live entertainment. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at sundown.
Chatham - Festivities will begin with a flag raising at 9:15 a.m. at the Chatham Fire Department, followed by the annual parade at 10:30 a.m., starting at Main Street and Hillside Avenue and traveling on Main Street to Chatham Middle School. Fireworks at the middle school will begin at sundown.
Summit - Activities will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m. and include a children's decorated bicycle parade, Polka Dot family music concert, rides, ponies, crafts, games and music by The Cameos and The Kootz, culminating with fireworks.
Westfield - The Westfield Community Band will be joined by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution in a salute to America's musical heritage, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Mindowaskin Park, East Broad Street and Park Drive.