Area Fireworks and Independence Day Celebrations Begin Sunday

South Brunswick, New Brunswick, Milltown and Woodbridge all have Fourth of July activities set for this week.

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and while there are no plans for a fireworks show in East Brunswick, there are plenty of places close by to see them.

  • Milltown: As usual, Milltown has a whole day of great events planned to celebrate Independence Day.  The day includes a fishing derby at 6 a.m. and a Fun Run, followed by a parade at 10 a.m.  The parade begins at Van Liew Avenue and continues down Main Street to East Lincoln and then to JFK Boulevard, ending at Violet Terrace. Festivities will continue at Borough Park with rides for the kids, ice cream, food, music and more. Stay for the hot dog eating contest at 2:30 p.m. Live music begins at 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin at about 9:30 p.m.  The rain date is July 7. Visit the borough's website, www.milltownnj.org, for more information.
  • South Brunswick: The annual will be held on July 6 on the grounds between both , beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.  Rain date is July 7 for fireworks only.
  • New Brunswick: New Brunswick will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 1, with a joint fireworks display over the Raritan River, viewable by both New Brunswick and Highland Park. At 7 p.m., Rumba Con Son will give a free concert in Boyd Park. At 9 p.m., the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence will be publicly read and fireworks will commence at 9:15 p.m. Free parking is available at the Public Safety Parking Deck at the corner of Commercial Avenue and Neilson Street, and handicapped parking is available in Boyd Park. Seating is available in the park's amphitheater, but attendees can also bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on to watch the fireworks. Picnicking is permitted, but no alcohol is allowed in the park.
  • Highland Park: On the other side of the Raritan River, Highland Park will begin its festivities at 2:15 p.m. in Donaldson Park. Donaldson Park performers are scheduled beginning at 2:30 p.m.
  • Woodbridge: will be celebrating the 4th of July on the 3rd this year—that's next Tuesday. The fireworks extravaganza will be held once again at in Sewaren. Gates open at 4 p.m. The event is free and sponsored by in Fords. The fireworks display will once again be put on by Pyrotecnico. The rain date is July 5.
HOWARD RESCH June 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Sophia B June 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Wow, all the other towns can and East Brunswick can't! Shame.
June Zuczek June 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Many years ago East Brunswick pit on a nice fireworks display at the fairgrounds on Cranbury Road and it drew a huge crowd...I miss that and especially my kids!
Ann Marie Patti July 01, 2012 at 06:20 AM
As a East Brunswick resident....for 20 some years...I ENJOYED ONLY ONE YEAR....of celebration of the 4th of July fireworks...With all the money this town receives from the high taxes and the money people that live here...we could not even come up with a 4th celebration...It is a shame to say that we East Brunswick residents have to go to another town to enjoy the day! SHAME ON YOU EAST BRUNSWICK...NEW JERSEY...we give and you could give back... I must say I had a great time in Sayreville NJ our adjoining town...What a great time you desplay for your residents...and to Milltown NJ same to you...You are where East Brunswick residents go....SHAME SHAME SHAME ON YOU EAST BRUNSWICK.....
Ann Marie Patti July 01, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Ann Marie Patti July 01, 2012 at 06:23 AM
adminsr July 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
South River does a nice fireworks display and this year it is on Monday evening at Denny Stadium.
Jim Johnson July 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I am running for town council and I will push to bring back fireworks. East Brunswick has very little to bring the town together. I have been here 34 years and when we had republicans in office we had fireworks. More patriotic I guess. Vote for Jim Johnson and I will make sure we bring back community fun for our town.
Madeline July 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I guess what most of you don't realize is that a fireworks display costs roughly $20,000 and it takes LOTS of people to make it happen (volunteers!!!). Everyone wants the party/fireworks but no one ever wants to step up to help (like with most events). Milltown fundraises all year long (volunteers stand on corners with buckets asking for money, seriously!). I would love fireworks in EB too, but I'd rather pay less taxes and go to other towns to watch the fireworks. Priorities are different for everyone.
Robert Hobbs July 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Message to Jim Johnson - Three Republicans on Council who control budget decided not to have fireworks this year. You don't need fireworks to bring our community together - it happens year round.
Madeline July 02, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Robert, I could not have said it better!!!
Jim Johnson July 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Robert, Were does it happen year round? We dont have a Main St. We dont have any real events that bring interest to a large group of people. I remember whwn I was a kid going to the fairgrounds. It was something to look forward to. What is there to do for kids in our town? Were can they go to meet up without getting in trouble? I have 4 kids now and there is not much to do or memories they can have to pass to their kids regarding East Brunswick. Milltown which is a small town manages to have a fishing derby. Fireworks. Parade. Sad when you have to leave the town you live in to go mooch off of some other town. We have Farrington Lake, we could easily do something similiar.
bill neary July 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I served as Mayor from 1996-2008. My first year's budget reinstated the fireworks at the Fairgrounds, added a band, and food vendors to the celebration. This celebration continued until the Fair Association in 2007 told us we can use their property any longer and in 2008 the East Brunswick Fire Marshall ruled, despite my objections, that Heavenly Farms did not have a large enough "fall zone" for the display. This Fire Marshall changed his mind in 2010 for the town Sesquentennial Celebration. It was the all Republican Council and Mayor that removed them from the budget in the early 1990's. Our fireworks was voted the Best in Central Jersey in the Home News survey nearly every year. And although $25,000 is an expensive evening, a tax point is around $200,000, so with or without fireworks your property taxes will not change because of it.
James Tweed July 02, 2012 at 05:53 PM
thanks bill. spend money but never affect taxes. and you wonder why you ran this town into the ground.
Robert Hobbs July 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Jim, Do you believe all 566 or so towns in NJ should have their own fireworks? No shared services like Gov. Christie keeps touting? Or is home rule rearing its head? Nope, you will just tax and spend us too! No thanks.
Jim Johnson July 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Shared services are one thing, Mooching off of another town because yours doesn't have fireworks is sad. We pay a lot of taxes in East Brunswick. I bought my house in 2004 with $9,300 yearly taxes and had to sell it in 2010 when it hit $15,000. I think for the money we spend in town for taxes, we should be tossed a bone. And Mr Neary, You can't even begin to justify because look at the years my taxes rose... You had reign for most of them. Had we not "blown" 30 million on the vacant golden triangle we could have had some Gruuci style fireworks. Does everyone know that we tax payers built a 50 million dollar parking deck on property that is owned by Toll Brothers. That is nice thank you to the taxpayers of this town. After 60 years it paid is paid off by us but they own it. The mismanagement of our tax payer money from 1996 to 2008 is disgusting. So were are now left with a vacant run down piece of land that will soon house Wall mart. 400 apartments that will need a new school built on the taxpayer dime to educate the influx of kids that will enter. Do the research and do the math.
Synnove Bakke July 03, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Mr Neary, don't forget that during our Republican Mayor, Ira's time, we gained Crystal Springs, which is now fully paid for, and is one of the few things to bring in revenue to our town. I know the sitting council has 3 Republicans, but there's 2 Democrats in addition to our Democrat Mayor. I'm pretty sure the sitting mayor would have to be onboard for the fireworks to be brought back. Would be nice if we can find a way to get it brought back next year. It's obviously important to most of our families in East Brunswick.
James Tweed July 03, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The parking deck did not cost 50 million nor was it paid for by taxpayers. Crystal springs is a utility. Not one penny goes towards the general fund of the fund. Do the research. Do the math.
Synnove Bakke July 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
So I'm guessing you don't want the fireworks, James? Crystal Springs brings in revenue to the town. I have done my research and math on this.
Jim Johnson July 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
James, who paid for the parking deck? Chrystal springs was paid by who? Do we have money trees? Its all ratables my friend, its all ratables.
Jim Johnson July 03, 2012 at 12:41 AM
East Brunswick paid for the construction which would be constructed on land owned by Toll Brothers. The township will have the rights to lease the property for 90 years. After that the garage will be lost to the then owner of the property. The estimated cost of the property will be 50 million dollars. $32 million for the construction and 19 million for finance costs. Why dis the mayor at the time agree to this deal?
Jim Johnson July 03, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Mayor Neary, any comments? you know the reason was you were short 4 million on the budget thay year and you tossed every East Brunswick tax payer under the toll Brothers bus to cover your administrations short fall. so please broadcast how you did well for our town?
Jim Johnson July 03, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Whats ironoc. As I type this. Little ol' 2.8 square mile South River just put on an amazing fire works display. How are they able to do it? we can all blame the Golden triangle for this. How about on the 4th we all gather on the parking lot of the golden triangle and count the overgrown Weeks together that fill the pavement cracks of the unused parking lot. Good night folks. Remember. November is coming!
Ed T July 03, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I am a former EB resident (almost 30 years from when I was 3) and now Mayor of a neighboring town. We just had an amazing fireworks celebration and it was all done via private donations and sponsorships. We had over 8,000 residents attend, 30+ vendors, and 15 or so community organizations represented. EB should be able to do this in a heartbeat. You guys have a much larger commercial base to pull from!
Ed T July 03, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Hello former Mayor. I hope things are going well with you. I'm not sure if you remember me, but I was a very tall college student that use to give you a hard time about a decade or so ago. Good times! My parents still live in EB so I visit often.
Jim Johnson July 03, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Et T. I agree. Where there ia a will there is a way.
Ed T July 03, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Good luck with your campaign. By the way, our event costs about $25K, which we raise via donations, sponsors, vendors, and pre-paid parking passes. We hold the event a good several days before the 4th to get a lower rate and normally on a Thursday, so township employees can clean up the next day without overtime. I bet the residents of EB would love to get this event back!
Jim Johnson July 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Wow. I love the idea and also knowing it is a success is even better. Its a great thing to be creative and the residents benefit. thank you. I will take this back to the drawing board.
Jonah Giacalone July 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The town should get creative, like Highland Park, New Brunswick and Milltown who manage to raise the money through commercial sponsorship and vendor concessions. If the EB council is dominated by Republicans they should welcome the opportunity to hold a popular and patriotic event through a partnership with the private sector.
Norman March 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM
So Bill how do you feel about what is currently transpiring in our beloved town? I bet you are laughing all the way to the bank....the one you found a way to finagle a sale of your DQ property to. You think we all forgot that move? Quote from the Sentinel 11/14/2002 ... from 9-16-2004..." Neary received more for his property than two surrounding properties also sold to Commerce Bank. Though all three were of similar size, Neary’s sold for $600,000, while the other two sites went for $395,000 and $380,000."


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