Livingston’s Day-Long July 4 Party Takes Shape

The Livingston 4th of July Celebration kicks off every year at 8:30 a.m. and provides a full day of activities, right through to the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
“The day starts with an amazing car show, is filled with all sorts of family fun, and wraps up with The Nerds and a fantastic fireworks show,” said Mayor Shawn Klein. “I don’t know why you’d go anywhere else.”
Each year, Livingston’s July 4 Celebration features the largest Car Show in New Jersey, along with numerous fun and exciting family-friendly events throughout the day. A 10 a.m. Patriotic Ceremony at Haines Pool provides the “official launch” to the day, leading into the Kiwanis Swim Karnival. Those of all ages will enjoy Pickleball clinics, rides, games, activities, the Livingston Police Department’s Child ID Program, Lions Club vision screenings, the Declaration of Independence reading, pony rides, mini-golf and Connect-Four games, Powerhouse Studios’ shows, and an ice cream eating contest starting at 2:30 p.m.
Rolling video games and the July 4 “Fantastic Family Food Fest,” kick off at 3 p.m., with specialties, like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Raul’s Empanadas and Carmelo’s Wood-Fired Brick Oven Pizza, plus burgers, soft drinks, ice cream and other offerings.
What began as a two-part celebration has become one very full day of family fun. Years ago, the July 4 Celebration began with the car show, ran through to mid-afternoon, and then took a break until the crowds returned to see the opening band come on stage at about 7 p.m. In the past few years, however, the Livingston July 4 Committee has worked to create a family-friendly celebration that lasts through the entire day.
“When we added the café with afternoon bands a few years ago, we weren’t sure how well attended it would be,” said Scott Maynard, committee co-chair. “But, it was a huge hit with families. Each year since, the café has been more and more popular.”
The family-friendly café will open at 3 p.m. Wine and beer sales will start at 3:30 p.m. and last call will be at 7 p.m. In order to purchase wine or beer, guests must be 21 years or older and must show a valid ID. Two types of wine and four premium beers will be available, and a commemorative cup will be provided with wine or beer purchase. With gourmet food trucks located near the café on Livingston’s Memorial Oval, families can enjoy themselves by indulging in music, specialty foods and games.
The café features family games – including a Corn Hull competition and human chess game – and a large enclosed area with many tables and chairs to accommodate lots of guests and families. Three different bands will perform inside the café area, providing additional entertainment for all: The rock band Punch the Monkey, from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; the Reggae band No Discipline, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Soul/R&B band Epic Soul, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The on-site amusements adjacent to The Café area will be offering unlimited rides for a single-price wristband during the hours of the café, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The popular Rolling Video Game Truck will once again offer “kids” of all ages the opportunity to score the highest points in a video game competition. This is a free event that also runs during the hours of the Café.
At 7:30 p.m., the enclosed café area will be opened up. Guests may choose to stay in that area or move closer to the main stage, where “America’s Rock & Roll Fun-omenon” – The Nerds – will take over again this year, followed by a fireworks show.
“The day will be great, the food will be great, and the entertainment will be great,” said Maynard. “We’re thrilled to have The Nerds again this year as our main-stage evening entertainment. So, come out and see us on the Oval all day on Tuesday, July 4th.’’
For more information, visit www.livingstonnj.org.

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