From carnivals, car shows and fireworks to historical demonstrations, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day festivities in the Mercer County Area.
While some towns, like Robbinsville and Hopewell Township, celebrated the holiday in late June, a number of other communities are hosting Independence Day fireworks celebrations in the coming days.
Hamilton Township will hold its event on Friday, July 1 at Veterans Park starting at 6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, and The Heartbeats will perform live music starting about 6 p.m. until fireworks begin after dark (about 9:30 p.m.)
Also on July 1, the Ewing Patriotic Committee and Mayor Bert Steinmann are presenting the Ewing Township’s fireworks display starting at 6 p.m. at The College of New Jersey’s Green Lane Fields.
The event will feature free rides, face painting, sand art, a rock wall, a balloon man and a dunk tank. Featured entertainment will be provided by colonial reenactors. The Armed Forces Heritage Mobile Museum will also be on site. Fireworks will start at approximately 9 p.m.
Lawrence Township’s annual Independence Day fireworks will be held at Rider University on July 1. The event, hosted by Lawrence Township Recreation, will feature food trucks, a live band, children's entertainment and additional activities starting around 6 p.m. Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, July 2.
The Bordentown Independence Day Fireworks Celebration is set to take place on Saturday, July 2 at Joseph Lawrence Park. The event, made possible by the nonprofit organization The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions, will feature food vendors and live music in addition to the traditional post-sundown fireworks show.
A cornhole tournament is scheduled for 3 p.m. that afternoon at the park. Entry fee is $40 per team with cash prizes promised. To register, email email@example.com. Independence Day festivities will begin after the tournament.
East Windsor is set to hold its celebration at Etra Lake Park on July 2, starting at 6 p.m. There will be performances by Jerry Rife's Rhythm Kings, Dixieland Jazz Band, Trenton Brass and Quintet Plus One Band. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. The rain date is July 9.
On July 4, the Trenton Thunder play the Williamsport Crosscutters at 7 p.m. A special Independence Day fireworks show will take place after the game. To purchase tickets or for more information go to mlbdraftleague.com/trenton or call (609) 394-3300.
History enthusiasts can go to Princeton on July 4 to attend Morven Museum and Garden’s Fourth of July Jubilee-Swinging ’60s. Morven’s events runs from noon to 3 p.m.
“We are delighted to once again have an in-person gathering after a hiatus of several years due to the pandemic,” says Morven’s website (morven.org). “This year we are swinging back to the 1960's in celebration of our current exhibition, Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey, which features the original TelStar satellite and so many other technological innovations made right here in New Jersey that affected the entire world for generations.”
The event also features: A Jasper Johns American Flag activity, provided by the Arts Council of Princeton; A meaningful 1960's Princeton adventure from the Historical Society of Princeton; Live dancing in the gardens with the Luminarium Dance Company; and live music from the Green Planet Band.
Family ticket bundles will be available for $25 to view inside the Museum. Food trucks will be on the premises, including KonaIce and Potato Patoto.
The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) is holding its annual July 4th Reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 at 9 a.m. in Pete Sensi Park, on Main Street across from the Old Mill. Visit www.allentownvinj.org.
Washington Crossing Historic Park’s Independence Day Celebration is schedule to run from Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4. The weekend will include family-friendly activities at Colonial Field Day, the park’s annual Rebels and Redcoats Car Show, and a trip back in time for Living History Day.
Colonial Field Day is scheduled for two sessions on Saturday, from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Attendees can play popular games from the 18th century, including cup and ball, Jacob’s Ladder and hoop and stick. The winning family will receive a family membership to the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.
Participants will also receive a hands-on craft kit, including the opportunity to make their toy or game. Space is very limited and pre-registration is required by emailing Katherine Heugatter at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, car owners and lovers are invited to attend the fourth annual Rebels and Redcoats Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show features American, French, British and German cars, representing the four countries involved in the Revolutionary War. Classic show-condition cars from model years 1997 and earlier are welcome in this class. There will also be an open class for cars of any make, model and year.
The cost to register each car is $25 online (plus service fee) or $35 on-site. There is no fee to attend as a spectator. All proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park’s historical and educational programming. Go to washingtoncrossingpark.org to register.
People can celebrate Independence Day by bringing the whole family back in time to July 4, 1776 at the park. Attendees can watch living historians demonstrate their crafts and see a military encampment from noon to 4 p.m. A highlight of the day will be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults ages 12 and over; $4 for children ages 5-11; and free for those under 5, active-duty military and members of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. Families with up to two adults and two children living in the same household can purchase a single-family ticket for $20. Pre-registration is recommended. Go to washingtoncrossingpark.org to get tickets.
The Kiwanis Club of Trenton is celebrating “Liberty Weekend” Friday through Sunday, July 8 through 10. The vision of Washington crossing the Delaware in 1776 is etched into the minds of Americans.
What may not be as well-known is how Washington’s subsequent victory in Trenton reversed our fledgling nation’s sure defeat and changed the course of history. “Liberty Weekend” tells the story and celebrates anew Trenton’s central role in American history.
Events start with a re-enactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence outside of Philadelphia on July 8 at noon. Trentonians will gather after the reading at the spot on Warren Street where the world outside of Philadelphia first heard the revolutionary words of the Declaration.
On July 9, start the day at 10 a.m. at the Trenton Battle Monument for a flag raising at the site of Washington’s improbable victory over Hessian mercenaries in 1776. At 2 p.m. learn about the first historian to tell the story of the pivotal battle at the Trent House. A free performance by the 73-member Capital Philharmonic takes place at 7 p.m. in Cadwalader Park. Visit the Kiwanis Club on Facebook for more information.
Carnival at Mercer County Park
For those seeking carnival fun, the LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs and Violence) Fest will be at Mercer County Park in West Windsor from through Monday, July 4. The price of admission includes free entertainment and attractions. Admission to the Fair is $5 during the week and $8 on the weekend.
Concert tickets are available for the Southern Rock Fest featuring the Marshall Tucker Band, the Kentucky HeadHunters, and Southern Steel on Saturday, July 2.
The carnival also features attractions and games as well as fair food and picnic grounds. Hours are 5 p.m.– 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m.-11 p.m. on weekends and July 4. Tickets must be purchased separately for rides. For more information or to buy tickets, go to theleadfest.com/tickets.