Start the Revolution
Middlesex County’s Revolutionary Celebration Kickoff Reception a “Day of Movement” is June 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick. The event will have cultural dances and music from local artists reflecting the diversity of New Jersey.
Star-Spangled Sing Along
A Star-Spangled Sing Along will take place at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway, on June 30 from 3-5 p.m.
Beekeeping from past to present
Bob Kloss of NJ Beekeeping Association presents “What are Bees Good For?,” at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway, on July 2 from 3-5 p.m. This is an interactive program about beekeeping from the 1700s to modern day.
The YARD @ College Avenue will host a free showing of “The Sandlot” on July 2 at 8 p.m. The YARD is at 40 College Ave., New Brunswick.
Highland Park fireworks
Highland Park’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks is July 3 from 5-10 p.m. at Donaldson Park on South 2nd Avenue. The celebration will have music, food, and family-friendly fun. Fireworks being at approximately 9:20 p.m.
New Brunswick fireworks
New Brunswick’s July 4th celebration is July 3 from 6-10 p.m. at Elmer B. Boyd Park, Route 18 North. The event will include music and food. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:20 p.m.
‘Captain America, The First Avenger’
State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, will have a free showing of “Captain America, The First Avenger,” on July 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Declaration of Independence Reading
The Christ Church Cemetery, 5 Paterson St., New Brunswick, will host a reenactment of the Declaration of Independence reading, a lecture by Dr. Chris Rasmussen called the Reflections on Women in the Revolution, music and Colonial-era refreshments on July 4 at 10 a.m.
The Garden State in the 1950s exhibit
Mid-Century New Jersey: The Garden State in the 1950s exhibit will be open July 2 and July 3 from 1-4 p.m. and on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Cornelius Low House, 1225 River Road, Piscataway.
4th of July celebration
The East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway, will host the Middlesex County Independence Day celebration on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet Ben Franklin, George Washington and Baron von Steuben along with music, a barbecue and more.
Guide tours are available from Indian Trail to Interstate Exhibit on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the quarter hour starting at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway.
Celebrations at Buccleuch Park
The grand reopening of the Buccleuch Mansion will take place at 1:30 p.m. as part of several events at Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave., in New Brunswick on July 4 from 1-5:15 p.m. From 3-5 p.m. the Mark Heter Band will perform Patriotic Music and at 5 p.m. is the Feu de Jole (Fire of Joy). There will also be a reenactment of the July 4, 1778 Military Declaration of American Independence and more.
July 4th fireworks
The stadium at Piscataway High School, 100 Behmer Road, Piscataway, on July 4 at 6 p.m. will have kiddie rides, food vendors and music in a lead up to the fireworks display at 9:20 p.m.
18th century ice cream making
Culinary historian Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate how to make 18th century ice cream on July 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway.
— Christopher Lang