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Something for Everyone at Livingston’s 4th of July Celebration

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston 4th of July Celebration kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a full day of activities leading up to the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. The day begins with New Jersey’s largest 4th of July Classic Car Show and wraps up with a special performance by New Jersey cover band The Nerds and the fireworks show.

Other annual favorites will include Rolling Video Games and the July 4th “Fantastic Family Food Fest,” which kicks off at 3 p.m. with specialties like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Empanada Guy, Carmelo’s Wood-Fired Brick Oven Pizza and Amanda Bananas, plus burgers, soft drinks, ice cream and more.

“I don’t know why you’d go anywhere else,” said Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein.

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At 10 a.m., a Patriotic Ceremony at Haines Memorial Pool will provide the “official launch” to the day, leading into the Kiwanis Swim Karnival. Those of all ages are invited to enjoy Pickleball clinics, rides, games, activities, the Livingston Police Department’s Child ID Program, Lions Club Vision Screenings, the Declaration of Independence Reading, Pony Rides, Mini-Golf and Connect-Four games, Powerhouse Studios’ shows and an Ice Cream Eating contest for kids that starts at 2:30 p.m.

What began as a two-part celebration has become one full day of family fun in Livingston. Years ago, the Livingston 4th of July Celebration began with the Car Show, ran through to mid-afternoon, and then took a break until the crowds returned to see the band at 7 p.m. In the past few years, however, the Livingston July 4th Committee has worked to create a family-friendly celebration that lasts through the entire day.

“When we added The Café with afternoon bands a few years ago, we weren’t sure how well attended it would be,” said July 4th Committee co-chair Scott Maynard. “But it was a huge hit with families Each year since, The Café has been more and more popular.”

The family-friendly Café will open at 3 p.m. with wine and beer sales beginning at 3:30 p.m. and last call being at 7:00 p.m. In order to purchase wine or beer, guests must be 21 years or older and must show a valid ID. Two wines and four premium beers will be available.

With gourmet food trucks located near The Café on Livingston’s Memorial Oval, families can enjoy themselves indulging in music, specialty foods and games.

The Café features family games—including a Corn Hull competition and Human Chess game—and a large enclosed area with many tables and chairs to accommodate lots of guests and families. Three different bands will perform inside the Café area, providing additional entertainment for all: Rock band Punch the Monkey (3:30-4:30 p.m.), Reggae band No Discipline (5:00-6:00 p.m.), and Soul/R&B band Epic Soul (6:30-7:30 p.m.).

The on-site amusements adjacent to The Café area will be offering unlimited rides for a single-price wrist band during the hours of the Café (3:00-7:00 p.m.). The popular Rolling Video Game truck will once again offer “kids” of all ages the opportunity to score the highest points in a video game competition. This is a free event that also runs during the hours of the Café.

At 7:30 p.m., the enclosed Café area will be opened up. Guests may choose to stay in that area or move closer to the main stage, where “America’s Rock & Roll Fun-omenon” The Nerds (Sponsored by RWJ BARNABAS) will take over again this year, followed by our the fireworks show, produced by Garden State Fireworks and Sponsored by Summit Medical Group.

“Bring your friends and family members along to enjoy the celebration,” said Maynard. “The members of the July 4th Committee have been working hard to put together this all-day celebration, and we look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces – and plenty of new ones – this year.

“We’re thrilled to have The Nerds again this year as our main-stage evening entertainment. So, come out and see us on the Oval all day on Tuesday, July 4th.”

For more information, visit www.livingstonnj.org.

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