Other NJ News

Somerville Elks Host Flag Day Festival June 15

5814f824a27aff51feda_sompixflagdayfest2018americanflag.jpg
An American flag flies over East Main Street from a Somerville ladder truck during last year's festival. Credits: Courtesy Somerville Elks
009da6fb013e1ec73cf7_sompixflagdayfest2018militia.jpg
Revolutionary War-era re-enactors at last year's Flag Day festival in Somerville. Credits: Courtesy Somerville Elks
c9a79fe03e55e9d72d71_sompixflagdayfest2018civilwar.jpg
Civil War re-enactors at last year's Flag Day celebration. Credits: Courtesy Somerville Elks
6d1fdab93d40591afabb_sompixbighix2.jpg
"Big Hix," a country/western tribute cover band, will perform at the Somerville Elk's Flag Day Country Music Festival June 15. Credits: Courtesy Somerville Elks
a1c3a04f960beb17acd4_sompixflagdayfest2018volley.jpg
Revolutionary War-era re-enactors fire a volley from their muskets at last year's Flag Day celebration hosted by the Somerville Elks. Credits: Courtesy Somerville Elks
e3bababe4afd081144f5_sompixflagdayfest2018poster.jpg
5814f824a27aff51feda_sompixflagdayfest2018americanflag.jpg

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - There’s nothing more American than the Stars’n’Stripes wrapped around a celebration of patriotism and red, white and blue American history . . .

. . . and a foot stompin’ country/western band.

Add to that - vintage fire trucks, military vehicles, re-enactors from eras past, a scavenger hunt, games, food vendors, Boy Scouts, a few speeches from elected officials, topped off by a big crowd and a giant American flag waving in the wind over Main Street and you’ve got all the ingredients for a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.

Sign Up for E-News

The Somerville Elks are hosting their Flag Day Country Music Festival on Friday night, June 15 on the green adjacent to the historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street beginning at 5 p.m.

The annuall celebration begins on a serious note, with a Naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens living in Somerset County on the steps of the courthouse.

That will be followed by a Flag Day ceremony conducted by members of Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, with more flag ceremonies, a salute to US veterans and a re-enactment of US Marines planting the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, Feb. 23, 1945, on the Japanese-held Pacific island of Iwo Jima in the closing days of World War II.

Re-enactors from the Revolutionary War and Civil War will also mix with the crowd during the celebration.

Donations for care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed overseas will be collected by volunteers from Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit volunteer organization based in Somerville and Hillsborough that has shipped more than 140,000 care packages overseas since 2005.

“Big Hix,” a country/western tribute cover band, takes the stage at 7 p.m. for a free 90-minute concert, performing songs by Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and other contemporary Nashville stars, as well as choice old-school classics from the golden age of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

The 5 members of “Big Hix” are from New Jersey and New York City,

Further information about the Flag Day celebration and a list of items that can donated for the care packages can be found online at FlagDayFestival.org

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Milltown/Spotswood

North Brunswick Man Charged with Supplying Fentanyl that Led to Fatal Overdose

June 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Trenton man has been charged with providing the drugs that resulted in the fatal overdose of a Middlesex County man.

Eric Laster, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with a single count of “strict lability for drug induced death,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey in a statement he released jointly with North Brunswick police director Kenneth ...

Somerville Elks Epitomize Patriotism and Respect for the American Flag

June 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - They are perhaps the most patriotic Americans you’ll find in any community.

See for yourself on Friday, June 15, when the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 hosts a Flag Day Festival and Country/Western music concert on the lawn surrounding the historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street from 5-8:30 p.m.

Look for a guy wearing a shirt emblazoned with the American ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 14, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Girl Scout Seeks Donations of Craft Items Tomorrow

June 7, 2018

Hi, EB Community, 

 
I am Alexandra Gonzalez. I am currently a Junior at EBHS. I am as well a Girl Scout and working on my Gold Award. I am in search of donations and would like to inform you on the issue my project will address, how you can help, and why this is important. 

The project I am working on will be impacting the Special education students in East Brunswick Public ...

Rutgers Equine Science Center Annual Summer Showcase Scheduled for July 11

June 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual "Summer Showcase" from 10 am to noon  on Wednesday, July 11 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a FREE event that is open to the public and perfect for any and ...

Third-annual Juneteenth Parade and Heritage Festival in New Brunswick this Weekend

June 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick, comprising the city's Black Fire Fighters Association, will host the Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16 to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth celebrations are held across the country to mark the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865. That state was one of the last locations to learn of ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...