Hillsborough Lights Up the Sky July 1 to Celebrate America's Independence Day
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township will celebrate America's Independence Day a few days early with a fireworks display at dusk on July 1 at Auten Road Intermediate School field.
New Jersey was one of the 13 original American colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, leading to the American Revolution and the eventual defeat of the British in 1781. Hostilities began a few years earlier with the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.
Leading America's Continental Army against the British was Gen. George Washington, who spent the winters of 1777 and 1779 with his troops camped out in Somerset County; his headquarters were in Somerville at the Wallace House. The troops were spread out along the Raritan River in what is now Manville and Bound Brook.
Fireworks have been the traditional means by which American communities celebrate Independence Day.
Hillsborough will light up the sky to conclude its observance of Independence Day, which begins at 5 p.m. with several attractions for the kids - free inflatable amusements from 5-8 p.m., a dunk pit basketball platform, castle fun center, family fund slide and the Pirate Island Obstacle course.
There will also be Pay to Play boardwalk games; a DJ will play music from 5-9 p.m.
Several "victims" will take turns as the target in a dunk tank.
Refreshments and food will be available under the Food Tent, with pizza, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn and more available for purchase.
Shuttle busses will be available, beginning at 5 pm, from the Hillsborough High School parking lot.
The rain date is Sunday July 2nd.