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Despite Cutbacks, County Will Host July 4 Fireworks, Continue Summer Concerts

Somerset County’s most spectacular Fireworks Display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at North Branch Park in Bridgewater. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Park Commission

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission invites all to attend the Annual July 4 Fireworks Display to be held at 9:30 p.m. on on July 4 at North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater.  

This year, the event is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which donated the funds for the pyrotechnic display. Due to budget constraints, this event is a fireworks display only, unlike in previous years, when a preview event of music and other activities were offered prior to the annual fireworks.

Food will be available for purchase, and park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the free Independence Day display begins. Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.  
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North Branch Park gates will open at 6 p.m. to allow vehicles to enter the park. The fireworks display itself is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m., although vsitors should plan to arrive early. 

Milltown Road will be closed at approximately 9 p.m.  Heavy car and foot traffic is expected.   As previously, Milltown Road will remain closed at the conclusion of the fireworks for up to one hour, while local neighborhood pedestrians walk from the park.   Bridgewater Police will be on hand to assist park staff with traffic flow.    
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County's Summer Concert Series Continues

The Somerset County Park Commission annual summer Sunday night concerts will continue with another series of enjoyable performances in Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater on Sunday evenings.

All concerts are free and lovers of all types of music are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy relaxed Sunday evenings highlighted by live entertainment.

This concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation, with contributing funding from Magic 98.3 WMG; Hyatt House Branchburg; The Courier News; and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered through the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The first concert is scheduled to be held from 7  to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. Marc Antoine, a jazz guitarist and composer who began his career studying classical music, will perform. His legacy is filled with many number 1 hits on the contemporary jazz charts, according to Somerset County. In 1995, Antoine won Best New Jazz Artist of the year, which was followed by a Latin Grammy for best instrumental song in 2005, and he also won the International Artist of the Year at the Chicago Jazz awards in 2010. He has regularly toured with jazz artists Dave Koz, Chris Botti, and Jeffrey Osborn, and was honored when George Benson mentioned him as his favorite acoustic guitarist. He has also composed major movie soundtracks including Get Shorty, Patch Adams, and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.

For further information on the concerts, please call 908-722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7.

Further information on the concert series or other Somerset County events is online at, or by calling 908-722-1200.

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