The Fourth of July just isn’t the same without fireworks. If you’re Katie Perry, then you have your very own fireworks supply right there in your customized bra. But, just in case you do NOT own pyrotechnic undergarments, here is a list of fireworks for the Fourth, as well as some other fun celebration ideas, in our area. Pack up the family, with a blanket and whatever else you desire, and head out to one of these local celebration areas for some holiday fun!
CLARK – parade from Wilson Avenue through town to borough parking lot on Craig Place, July 4, 10 a.m.; DJ and vendors in front of town hall starting and fireworks at dusk over Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School, July 4, 7:30 p.m. Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Ave. ourclark.com, 732-388-3600.
CRANFORD – canoe race at 8 a.m. followed by Firecracker 4-Mile Run at 9 a.m., music, face painting and other events in the park at 2 p.m., with fireworks at dusk, July 4. Nomahegan Park, Springfield Avenue. ucnj.org/parks, 908-709-7283.
ELIZABETH – fireworks beginning at dusk, July 4. Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park, Front Street and Elizabeth Avenue. 908-820-4222.
MOUNTAINSIDE – fireworks at dusk with free ice cream for children, sponsored by the borough, Mountainside PAL and Mountainside Fire Company, July 4, 9 p.m. Deerfield School, 302 Central Ave. mountainside-nj.com, 908-232-2400.
NEW PROVIDENCE – celebration on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue with DJ, juggler show, sidewalk chalk drawing and fireworks, July 3, 7 p.m. npbpa.com, 908-665-1400
PLAINFIELD – 92nd annual “Central Jersey July 4th Celebration” beginning with Veterans Parade on East Front Street and events in the park, concluding with fireworks, July 4, 10 a.m. Cedar Brook Park, Park Avenue and Pemberton Avenue. ucnj.org, 877-424-1234.
SPRINGFIELD – music by 1910 Fruitgum Company and John Ford Coley, petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train, moonwalk, water slide, food and drinks, concluding with fireworks, July 4, 5 p.m. $5. Meisel Avenue Park, Meisel Avenue. 973-912-2200.
SUMMIT – flag-raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m. followed by children’s decorated bicycle parade, music by Polka Dot and the Kootz, rides, crafts, games, and 7:45 p.m. concert with the Cameos, concluding with fireworks display at 9:15 p.m, July 4. Soldiers Memorial Field, Ashland Road. cityofsummit.org, 908-277-2932.
UNION – annual soap box derby 10 a.m. on Stuyvesant Avenue between Mountainview and Tyler avenues, concert by John Christian & Soiree at 7:30 p.m. at Biertuempfel Park, with music by Smooth followed by fireworks, July 4, 10 a.m. Biertuempfel Park, Winslow Avenue and Vauxhall Road. uniontownship.com, 908-686-4200.
WESTFIELD – Westfield Community Concert Band, contemporary and classical selections, overtures, Broadway tunes, popular music and traditional marches; bring lawn chairs and blankets, July 2, 7:30 p.m. Mindowaskin Park, East Broad Street and Park Drive. westfieldtoday.com, 908-789-4080.