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Independence Day Celebrations Include Fireworks, Carnival, Parade

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  The state of New Jersey may have closed state facilities –which include Round Valley Reservoir and Spruce Run here in Hunterdon – but local and county parks remain open, and there are plenty of things to do this Independence Day holiday.

The  annual Califon Fireman’s Carnival begins Monday, July 3 and runs through July 8. It opens every day at 6 p.m. and includes rides, games and food. Fireworks will be held on Wednesday and Friday. It all happens on Firemen’s Field at 39 Academy Street. For more information visit the website.

Fireworks will be held here at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School Athletic Field on Monday, July 3, hosted by Flemington Raritan Parks & Recreation. A DJ will provide music beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Parking Lot of RFIS on Court Street. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

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Road closures will begin at 6 p.m. and will effect Capner, Allen and Court streets and Park Avenue. Park Avenue will be detoured to Main Street during the road closures.

Spectators are encouraged to use designated parking lots located in the Hunterdon County Grand Jury Lot, as well as the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School Parking Lot accessed off of Bonnell Street. Other posted Borough parking lots will also be available within a short walking distance to RFIS.

Handicap parking will be available at the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School to be accessed off of Court Street.

The county’s biggest Fourth of July event is held in tiny Lebanon Borough, which hosts a spectacular Fourth of July parade every year. This year will be the 70th annual staging of the event that draws participants and spectators from across Hunterdon. The children’s parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Sutton Place, which is across from police headquarters. The main parade steps off at 10 a.m. After the parades, the festivities continue at Holjes-Sheppard Park, which include the singing of The Star Spangled Banner, a flag raising ceremony, presentation of awards and refreshments. For more information, visit the parade’s website.

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