By: Melissa A. Kay
September 28, 2019 will be a delightful day to celebrate all that the bustling borough of Lincoln Park, New Jersey so proudly represents. Bringing the residents of the community together in unity for tons of fun, festivities, and family-friendly activities, Lincoln Park Day will be held on Main Street and lower Chapel Hill Road. A rain date is scheduled for the 29th. Since 1992, this much-anticipated annual event has embraced all that Lincoln Park and its citizens hold dear, with free activities and entertainment, plenty of food, and so much more for all who attend.
This fourth Saturday in September festival is artfully arranged and organized by the multiple members of the Lincoln Park Day Association, Inc. with the heartfelt support of the Borough Council. Members of the Lincoln Park Day Association include numerous volunteers representing non-profit organizations, beloved local businesses, and varied cultural enterprises who are happy to work together to bring forth a fantastic Lincoln Park Day each year. Participants organize as one to show their pride and passion for the Lincoln Park community, its many accomplishments and achievements, and to increase the public’s awareness of local resources.
The annual Lincoln Park Day celebration first launched in 1992 to mark the town’s 70th anniversary, and the thrill still runs high, as year after year, locals and visitors have embraced the excitement and carry on the longstanding tradition that is sure to continue into the future. Each year’s event is filled with lots of fun for the whole family, with so much to see and do throughout the day. As per secretary Rhonda Naidoff, “We rent the Showmobile from Morris Count Park Commission, there are inflatables for the kids, and have various types of entertainment throughout the day. Besides the local restaurants, we have other food vendors who come out for the day. All of the stage entertainment is provided by local artists and local groups who volunteer their time and talent. We have participating flea market vendors, local businesses, and organizations (from in and out of town) who set up tables at the event. They give away information about their businesses and have free activities to enjoy.” There will also be exhibitions and demonstrations, games, crafts, shopping, and other amusements for folks to partake in throughout the day. For those who choose to drive to the festivities, a large parking lot will be conveniently located right on the field at Chapel Hill Academy (31 Chapel Hill Road) and at the Lincoln Park train station parking lot as well.
Expect to see plenty of familiar faces walking around taking in all the day’s to-dos and must-sees. Balloons will wave through the air and the smell of food will waft. In previous years, live animals were part of a look-and-learn activity, so plan to pet and take photos of some furry new friends. There will be plenty of room and time to walk around, so comfortable shoes are a good idea. All that walking will work up an appetite, so thankfully, the food will be delicious and hit the spot. If you’ve attended in the past, you know you are in for a treat. As for first-timers, this year’s Lincoln Park Day is sure to be the start of an annual tradition for you and your family and friends.
Lincoln Park Day is not only time for plenty of outdoor fun, but a chance to connect and collaborate with the Lincoln Park community. Come out for a well-spent Saturday to support the locals, meet up with old friends and make new ones, and celebrate all that is wonderful about Lincoln Park. It takes a team to put together this annual event, and even more like-minded individuals to make it a success. Stop by for an hour or make a full day of it. Hopefully the sun will shine and make the already-amazing day even more delightful. Everyone looks forward to another year of Lincoln Park love.
For more information about the event, please visit the Lincoln Park Day website: www.lincolnpark.org/387/Lincoln-Park-Day.