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Celebrate Independence Day in New Brunswick!

The public is invited to take part in several free activities around town in celebration of Independence Day week. 

On Saturday, June 29, the New Brunswick Cultural Center and the Zimmerli Art Museum will host a “Day of Movement” from 1-4 p.m. at the Museum, located at 71 Hamilton Street.

This free event will feature several local performance groups showcasing American diversity through culture and dance. Performers will include Inspira African Dance; Dance POWER; Black Circle Symphony; Sagrada Familia Dance Troupe; NJ Ballet Arts Studio; and Taalim School of Music.

On Wednesday, July 3rd, State Theatre will offer a free screening of the film “Captain America: The First Avenger” on their big screen. The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Live music and a fireworks display between the City of New Brunswick and the Borough of Highland Park will also take place on Wednesday, July 3rd, at Boyd Park.
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Music will begin at 6 p.m., with performances by the bands Tempo Allegre and Discoteks, with fireworks scheduled to go off at 9:15 p.m. over the Raritan River. In the event of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 7th.

Admission is free and open to all. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating at the park. Food will be available for sale.  

On Thursday, July 4th, Buccleuch Park will be the site of an Independence Day celebration featuring New Brunswick’s connections to the history of our American independence.

The event site will open at 1 p.m. for picnicking in the park pavilion. Food will also be available for purchase on-site. 

Festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently-renovated Buccleuch Mansion, followed by public tours throughout the afternoon.

The day will also feature a historic-themed Geocaching lesson and activity (an outdoor scavenger hunt using coordinates) with prizes; patriotic music by Mark Heter’s 25-piece patriotic band; a live reading of the Declaration of Independence; and a recreation of Washington’s feu de joie (fire of joy) salute to the American Army, with cannon fire.

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.

Buccleuch Park is located at 321 Easton Avenue. Free parking will be available in the park on paved road surfaces.