LIVINGSTON, NJ — As a result of the highly successful Food Truck Festival held on June 11 and the Livingston 4th of July Committee’s ability to secure “The Nerds” as this year’s entertainment, several additional food vendors have been added to the list of vendors participating in the 80th Anniversary Livingston 4th of July Celebration.
At a short-notice Livingston Township Council meeting on June 23, the council also adopted an ordinance to once again allow alcoholic beverages on township property on July 4 of this year.
Already one of the most popular July 4 events in Essex County, Livingston’s 4th of July Celebration is expected to be bigger than ever due to these recent additions.
“As you can see from the agenda, we always have a lot of fun for the family and I think our 4th of July Celebration is the best in New Jersey,” said Anthony. “We passed an ordinance tonight to allow our Beer Garden for the third consecutive year—and it’s been a smash the last two years.”
Most exciting this year, according to committee co-chair Scott Maynard, is the addition of the Nerds performance at 7:45 p.m., sponsored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center. The Nerds, a popular New Jersey-based cover band, has been on the Livingston 4th of July Committee’s wish list for many years.
“The Nerds are way up in the food chain,” said Maynard. “I’ve been trying for years to get them. Anybody that’s had any contact with the Jersey Shore, they are so embedded there. They put on a great show, so that’ll be a big deal.”
Since nearly doubling the event’s food vendors since last year, Maynard was also extremely enthusiastic about the substantial increase in food available for July 4.
“We now have 13 and last year we had seven, so the amount of choices of food has now significantly increased,” said Maynard.
Brought to Livingston by the Livingston 4th of July Committee and presented by the Livingston Township Council, the 80th Anniversary Livingston 4th of July Celebration will include an Auto Show, Swim Karnival, free Pony Rides, Baseball game, CBS-FM Music & Prizes, KidZone Rides (unlimited 3 to 7 p.m.), Mini Golf & Connect 4, Powerhouse Studios and Livingston’s Famous Fireworks Spectacular.
The Fireworks Spectacular is set to begin at 9:15 p.m.
The Livingston July 4 program, running from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is sponsored by Wigder Chevrolet, Wine Legend, Investors Bank, ONYX, Events Plus, Swede’s Frozen Yogurt, Livingston Lodge #11 Craftsman’s Club, Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Harte Orthodontics, Likewear, Livingston Bagel, Regal Bank and CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living.
In case of inclement weather, daytime activities—with the exception of the auto show and the Beer Café—will be held in the Livingston High School Cafeteria, and performances will go on as scheduled at the covered stage on the Oval.
A decision on the fireworks will be made by 2 p.m., with a July 5 rain date, but Maynard said if the fireworks are already set up and there isn’t a significant storm, the Fireworks Spectacular will continue rain or shine.
The Beer Café will open at 3:30 p.m. and will be serving a variety of classic and craft beers. Customers are encouraged to make their food purchases from all of the vendors listed below and bring their food into the café.
There will be live bands playing throughout the venue, sponsored by CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living. Café bands include The Stiff Joints from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Oxygen Box from 5-6 p.m., and the Red Light Band from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
There will also be games like Corn Hull setup in the Café area for both adults and children. Last call for beer purchases will begin at 7 p.m. and the Beer Café closes at 7:30 p.m.
Here is the current list of all of the food vendors that will be on the Oval throughout the day and night through the end of the Fireworks Presentation on Monday, July 4:
Angelotti’s – Chicken Tenders, Mozzarella Sticks and Pizza
Tony’s Italian Sausage – Deluxe Italian Sausage, Steak Sandwiches and more
Dani’s Kettle Korn – Gourmet Kettle Korn cooked fresh every few minutes
Carmello’s Brick Oven Pizza – Gourmet Brick Oven Pizza and Italian Ices
Jersey Girl - Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Potato Pancakes, Fruit Smoothies and more
Dinosaur BBQ – This famous Newark eatery serving Pork & Brisket with all the Fixins
Raul’s Empanadas – An assortment the most popular fillings in a hand held mini pie
Soup Man – No soup today but fabulous Lobster Rolls and Shrimp Rolls
Aussie Pie Guys – Mini Australian Pies with Veggie, Chicken, Sausage fillings
The Outslider – Slider sandwiches including Pulled Pork and Chicken
Dellano’s – Zeppoles, Funnel Cakes and Fried Oreos
Mike’s Ice Cream – An assortment of the best Ice Cream that Good Humor has to offer
Amanda Bananas – Soft Serve frozen banana with gourmet toppings