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July 4 Events To Start With A Bang

NEW BRUNSWICK - Celebrations of Independence Day will begin on July 2 and continue with events on the following two days, including a reenactment of General George Washington with his army.

City officials today released details that include a fireworks display on Monday, July 2 at Boyd Park.

Live music will begin at 5 p.m., and there will a live reading of the Declaration of Independence. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

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Free public parking will be available at the Rutgers University Public Safety Deck on Neilson Street, and at the Middlesex County Boat Landing that can be reached via the second entrance to Boyd Park, just before the Route 18 exit for Route 27 north. Handicapped parking will be accessible via the main entrance of Boyd Park on Route 18.

People are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on for the festivities. Food will be available for purchase. The rain date is Tuesday, July 3.

On Tuesday, there will be a free showing of the movie “1776” at the State Theatre. The movie, a family-friendly musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, will begin at 7 p.m.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, Christ Church will host a reading of the Declaration of Independence in the church cemetery at 5 Paterson Street. Refreshments will be served.

At 2 p.m. that afternoon, Revolutionary War performers will re-enact George Washington "feu de joie," or fire of joy.

The original event on July 4, 1778, included a two-mile long line of soldiers, from Sonman’s Hill, now the Rutgers University Douglas campus, to White Farm, which is now Buccleuch Park.

Washington ordered the firing of guns to celebrate the army’s performance against the British at the Battle of Monmouth, in what is now Freehold. It also commemorated the second anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The reenactment is free and will be at Boyd Park. People are urged to bring chairs and blankets.

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