Independence Day Weekend activities in Mercer County – The Star

Communities in and around Mercer County are holding various celebrations for the Fourth of July. The events are listed below.


The New Jersey National Guard Band will perform a free patriotic concert at Bordentown Regional High School from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available in the administration office, which can be reached at (609) 298-2800, ext. 2109. Handicapped parking is available.

The Spirit of Princeton has announced fireworks and advises that the best viewing site is the Princeton University sports fields located next to the University Stadium. Fields will open at 7 p.m. for picnicking, with fireworks to begin at dusk, around 9 p.m. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited.


Bordentown Township and Bordentown City have partnered with The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions for a celebration from 4:30 p.m. until dusk at Joseph Lawrence Park on Ward Avenue. The event will feature food, live music, vendors, giveaways, children’s amusements and a free children’s area. The fireworks display is expected to be bigger than last year’s and will begin at dusk. There will be ample parking available. Rain date is Saturday.

East Windsor
The annual celebration is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Etra Lake Park with live music featuring Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a six-piece band from the Delaware Valley area, and the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, a six-piece ensemble from Central Jersey, performing Americana and a variety of popular melodies. Fireworks will follow the live music around 9:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday.

The fireworks show on Green Lane behind The College of New Jersey will begin with a DJ at 5 p.m. followed by live music beginning around 6 p.m. The event will include food and games and the opportunity to interact with emergency personnel. Fireworks are expected to begin at dusk, between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

The annual township fireworks and concert celebration will begin near the Kuser Road entrance of Veterans Park at 6 p.m. Following opening ceremonies, the Fabulous Greaseband will perform around 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will cap the evening, taking place after dark, aound 9 p.m. Rain date is Saturday.

The Trenton Thunder will hold fireworks at Arm Hammer Park following the 7:05 p.m. game against the Portland Sea Dogs. The stadium is located at 1 Thunder Road off Route 29. For more information, visit


Bordentown Township
The township will host its free annual fish derby at Northern Community Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a presentation and stocking of the pond courtesy of Ron Jacobsen of the State of New Jersey, Division of Fish Wildlife, Hackettstown Fish Hatchery. The derby begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught. Limited participation ribbons and door prizes will be awarded. The concession stand will be open and donations will be accepted.

The township will host a parade beginning at 11 a.m. beginning at Parkside Avenue ending at on Parkway Avenue. First responders will be honored.

Grounds For Sculpture will host a barbecue at the Peacock Café featuring made-to-order cheeseburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers. Ice-cold slushies will be available at the Gazebo. The barbecue runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price is free with park admission, though café fees do apply.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
The base will host a community celebration at Doughboy Field with fireworks, live music, refreshments, bounce houses and face painting. The Browns Mills gate, the Route 68 gate and the Pointsville gate will open to the public at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. before the fireworks display, which will begin at 9:30 p.m.


The annual fireworks display will be held at Village Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted. The Mercer County Symphonic Band will perform about 6 p.m., with fireworks set to begin at dusk. Rain date Sunday.

The township’s annual celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. at Rider University, with fireworks to begin at around 9:45 p.m., weather permitting. To enhance the viewing experience, fireworks will be accompanied by patriotic and popular music broadcast on 107.7 “The Bronc” WRRC-FM. Music can be heard on the radio or via the station’s smartphone apps. Rain date is Sunday.

July 12

The township will host a patriotic celebration day beginning with a flag-raising ceremony at the Oak Street Circle at Oak and Fifth streets at 11 a.m. A parade will follow at noon at Front and Oak streets, proceeding to Broad Street and ending at Ninth and Broad streets. A concert and food court will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. at the Water Works Field next to the municipal complex, with fireworks at 9:10 p.m. at Veterans Park behind the complex. Rain date is July 13 for the concert and fireworks only. For additional information, contact the Florence Township Recreation Department at (609) 499-2525, ext. 112, or


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