Where to watch in central NJ


The summer skies of last year were mostly void of the branded jewelry colors that mark festivals, holidays and other celebrations of the season, as the fireworks have been canceled one after another due of the pandemic.

This summer, life is returning to normal in central Jersey, and some of those iconic fireworks are returning too. Many towns in Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties are keeping their fireworks on the calendar, with some doing so after very cautiously reversed course a few weeks ago.

In central Jersey, you can witness calming fireworks everywhere from the hustle and bustle of Woodbridge to the open fields of Readington. Here’s where to go for the shows this season.

Fireworks can be enjoyed during the Carteret Independence Day Festival July 3 at Waterfront Park.

Hunterdon County

Township of Readington: July 23 at 9:30 p.m., as part of the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road in the Whitehouse Station section. Go: balloonfestival.com.

Other cancellation: Flemington cancels 4th of July fireworks display due to school construction

Middlesex County

Carteret: July 3 at Waterfront Park at 200 Middlesex Ave. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with rides, games, live music, food, and vendors. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Go: carteret.net/13206-2/.

Woodbridge changes course: Independence Day fireworks on July 2

Spotswood and Helmetta will host an Independence Day celebration on July 3.

Highland Park: July 1 at Donaldson Park, 526 S. 2nd Ave. Music and food vendors start at 6:00 p.m., fireworks at 9:20 p.m. The rainy date is July 5. Go: 732-819-0052; hpboro.com/Home/Components/News/News/1307/17.

Mill town: July 3. Fishing derby at 6 a.m., fun run at 7:30 a.m., 5 km run at 8 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. at the corner of Van Liew Avenue and Main Street, duck race at 12:30 p.m., live music at 6 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in Bradford Park at 80 Violet Terrace. Go: facebook.com/Milltown4thofJuly/.

Middlesex County: Milltown’s Independence Day celebration “back in full force”

Monroe: Postponed to September 3. Go: monroetwp.com/index.php/news/calendar-of-events-2#year=2021&month=7&day=1&view=month

Fireworks will be displayed in Woodbridge at Alvin P. Williams Park in the Sewaren section on July 2nd.

Somerset County

Bridgewater: July 6, 9, 10, 23 and August 7, 13, 26 and 28 after the Somerset Patriots games at TD Bank Ballpark at 860 E Main St. Go: milb.com/somerset/schedule/2021-07.

Township of Franklin: July 2 at the Town Hall, 475 DeMott Lane. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 9. Go: franklintwpnj.org/Home/Components/News/News/9615/1130?backlist=%2f.

Hillsborough: June 26 at Auten Road Middle School, 281 Auten Road. Includes food, live music, and inflatable games and attractions. Free shuttle service from the lycée and the college of the canton from 5 p.m. The rainy date is June 27. Go: leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=hillsboroughnjrecreation.

Plainfield North: July 10 at West End School, 447 Greenbrook Road. Beginning of the festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk. The rainy date is July 11. Go: northplainfield.org/government/calendars/community_events_calendar.php.

Post-game fireworks are the most popular events for the Patriots, drawing 6,000 spectators to each game.

COVID-19 cancellations: Perth Amboy and South Amboy cancel 4th of July fireworks

Spotswood and Helmetta: July 3. Parade at 2 p.m. starting at Immaculate Conception Church in Spotswood and ending at Town Hall in Helmetta. The celebration continues at 6:30 p.m. at the Helmetta Lake Pavilion, 17 Maple Street, for family activities, a beer and sangria garden, food trucks, music and fireworks. Go: bit.ly/3iG8AUE

Woodbridge: July 2 at Alvin P. Williams Park in the Sewaren section. Doors open at 4 p.m. The group “The Nerds” will also perform before and after the fireworks. Go: twp.woodbridge.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/15592/Fireworks-2021

Union County

Plainfield: July 4 at Cedar Brook Park, 1000-1098 Allenwood Drive, 9:30 p.m. Cars may enter the park between 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The rainy date is July 11. register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm. Open only to city residents. Go: bit.ly/2S3OlFC

Jenna Intersimone.

Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member of USA Today Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger turned journalist following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to his food, drink and pleasure stories, please register or activate your digital account today. Contact: [email protected] or @JIntersimone.


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