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Celebrate Independence Day in the City of New Brunswick!

Several Independence Day activities will take place in the City of New Brunswick over the July 4 holiday, commemorating the 242nd anniversary of our Nation’s Independence!



On Monday, July 2 at Boyd Park, the City will host live music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks over the Raritan River. Attendees are encourages to bring chairs and blankets to sit on for the festivities. Food will be available for purchase.

Music will begin at 5 p.m. Fireworks will be set off at 9:15 p.m.

Free public parking will be available at the Rutgers University Public Safety Deck on Neilson Street and in Boyd Park near the boat landing. Handicapped parking is available in Boyd Park via the main entrance to the park on Route 18.

The rain date for this event is Tuesday, July 3.

Free Film Screening at State Theatre – “1776”


At 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, State Theatre will screen “1776” a family-friendly musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on its big screen.

Admission is free and open to all.

Historic Re-Enactment

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Boyd Park, Revolutionary War performers will re-enact George Washington’s feu de joie (“fire of joy”).

The original New Brunswick feu de joie on July 4, 1778 entailed a two-mile line of soldiers from Sonman’s Hill (now Douglass Campus at Rutgers University) to the White Farm (now Buccleuch Park) and a nearby artillery park. Washington ordered its performance in New Brunswick to celebrate the Army’s performance at the Monmouth County Courthouse (now Freehold) against a British attack and commemorate the second anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The re-enactment is sponsored by the City of New Brunswick and the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield.

Admission is free. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.

Declaration of Independence Reading

Christ Church will host a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in the church cemetery, located at 5 Paterson Street. Refreshments will be served.

All are welcome to attend.