BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a four day festival that attracts local residents, returns to Berkeley Heights for its 102nd year this week. The festival begins on Wednesday July 13th and ends on Saturday July 16th. Festivities will take place between 6 PM and 11 PM Wednesday through Friday and from 6 PM to 12 PM on Saturday.
Member of the Mount Carmel Society and event organizer Paul Ippolito describes the feast as “a special event.” “It’s the 102nd year anniversary of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It’s the largest event in Berkeley Heights, and no one ever leaves without having a good time.”
Amusement rides and games will be offered for children, as well as BaDaBoom!, a special kids night fireworks spectacular presented by Overlook Medical Center on Friday, July 15th at 9:30 PM.
Evening entertainment will be provided by the following local bands on Friday and Saturday night: After The Ending, Easily Confused, Close Third Rail, The Barefoot Tramps, Rebel Pawn, Negative IQ, and Andrea Ceresa and Vic Della Pello. For a full performance schedule, please visit www.feastofmountcarmel.org.
Festival goers can expect fabulous food at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, including, but not limited to, sausage and peppers, London broil sandwiches, barbeque, pizza, Greek food, hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood, cheese steaks, zeppoles, funnel cakes, ice cream, and much more. In addition, a beer and wine garden will be provided for adults.
And as tradition holds, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will conclude on Saturday with a Feast Day Parade and a fireworks extravaganza.
The procession will begin at the Little Flower Church at Berkeley Heights at 8:30 AM on Saturday, July 16th. Mount Carmel Society club members will proceed through the Streets of Berkeley Heights carrying the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and will return to the Little Flower Church for a mass in her honor at 11 AM. A picnic will held directly following the mass in Peppertown Park.
The fireworks extravaganza, presented by Investors Savings Bank, will begin at 11 PM on Saturday night. Paul Ippolito explains that “you can never get closer to a fireworks show of this size. The fireworks are so close to you, they’re right above your head.”
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be held on Mount Carmel Field at the corner of Springfield Avenue and River Road in Berkeley Heights, NJ. There is free admission to the feast Wednesday through Friday, however donations are requested from adults only on Saturday.
Proceeds of the feast will benefit the renovation of the Little Flower Church in Berkeley Heights. “People who come to the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are supporting the Catholic church,” says Paul Ippolito.
Springfield Avenue will be closed from Plainfield Avenue into Long Hill Township on Saturday July 16th. Festival goers can park at Columbia Middle School where a shuttle bus will take them to the event. Due to necessary precautions, motor vehicles will not be permitted to park on the Mount Carmel Field on Saturday.
Major sponsors for this year’s Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel include Investors Savings Bank, Overlook Hospital, Garden State Fireworks, the Township of Berkeley Heights, and the County of Union. Other sponsors include nj.com, 92.3 NOW FM, WDHA 105.5 FM, Q104.3 FM, 101.1 WCBS FM, Budweiser, Pasqua, ReadyMade, Ikea, BTIG, and Bud Light.
For more information, please visit www.feastofmountcarmel.org