LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston has scheduled a full day of family events on July 4, leading up to the fireworks at night. All events will take place at or near the Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Livingston’s Independence Day celebration and continues both old favorites and newer traditions.

The rock band "The Nerds" will entertain on the main stage beginning at 7:45 p.m., sponsored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center, preceding the spectacular fireworks show at 9:15 p.m., sponsored by Summit Medical Group—but the day’s festivities will begin much earlier.

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The 23rd annual Classic Car Show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Livingston High School parking lot. The Kiwanis Swim Carnival and a patriotic ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Haines Memorial Pool, as will the American Legion Baseball Game at Memorial Park Field.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., radio station 101.1 CBS FM will provide music on the Oval. Families will be able to enjoy activities and games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a pickleball game at the Memorial Park Tennis Courts, pony rides, nine-hole mini-golf, Powerhouse Studios games, and ice cream-eating contests. 

At the Fabulous Food Fest from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Raul’s Empanadas, Carmelo’s Wood-Fired Brick Oven Pizza, The Outslider, and other gourmet food trucks will be set up in the enclosed Café area, along with lots of tables and chairs.

The Bands & Beer Café, which was introduced last year, will be open from 3:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. at the center section of the Oval near the Public Library. The Café will have four premium beers on tap and will provide a free commemorative cup with a beer purchase (21 and over only, with ID).

The day’s live music will feature bands The Stiff Joints, Oxygen Box, and The Red Light Band, all playing inside the Café area between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Amusement park rides will be located next to the Café; a single-price wristband will cover unlimited rides from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Also nearby and open during the same hours will be the free Rolling Video Game Truck.

Thanks to the Fourth of July Committee, the Township of Livingston is looking forward to another fun and memorable celebration that truly offers something for everyone.

For the full program of events, times, food vendors, and sponsors, visit