UPDATE: The City’s fireworks display and outdoor concert have been postponed to the evening of Sunday, July 6, due to inclement weather. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at Boyd Park. The concert will precede the fireworks at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Residents may still head to State Theatre on Thursday, July 3 for a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a free screening of the film “National Treasure.”
All events are free and open to the public.
The celebration is coordinated by New Brunswick City Market, the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Public Sculpture and State Theatre, with support from Prologis.
General parking will not be available at Boyd Park, near the Rutgers Boat House, as the fireworks will be shot off from the New Brunswick side of the river. However, limited handicap parking will be available in that area of the park.
Free parking will be available at the nearby Rutgers Public Safety Building, located at the intersection of Neilson Street and Commercial Avenue, and the Wolfson Parking Deck, located at the intersection of Neilson Street and Bayard Street. Parking will also be available at New Brunswick Landing on the north side of Boyd Park.
For more information, please call New Brunswick Recreation at (732) 745-5125.
On July 4, a reenactment program at Buccleuch Park will celebrate George Washington’s military salute to the Declaration of Independence and the American victory at the Battle of Monmouth.
At 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, City Historian George Dawson will describe the Army’s feu de joie military salute, which was used on the battlefield to to mark victory and rejoicing. Historical reenactors from Monmouth Battlefield State Park will demonstrate musket fire and describe the Battle of Monmouth.
The program will take place on the lawn of Buccleuch Mansion. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs for seating.
This program is presented by the City of New Brunswick and the Friends of the Monmouth Battlefield.