BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a five-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 20. Those five nights will include concerts, games, and traditional Italian food.

This year, the World Famous Fireworks extravaganza will be held on opening night, Tuesday, July 16 at 10 p.m. Admission is $10. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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There is a full lineup of entertainment scheduled that includes:

On Saturday night, July 20, the festival will also feature “mini” family-friendly fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Tuesday morning, Feast Day, will bring the traditional 8 a.m. processional parade through town with the Blessed Mother statue. A short mass will be held at Little Flower Church afterward, followed by a free picnic at Peppertown Park on Plainfield Avenue.

That night, the festival will include its fireworks extravaganza. Handicap parking and shuttle buses will be available nearby, but there will be no parking on the fairgrounds. For more information see the websites listed below.

Details

The event takes place at Mt. Carmel Field, 56 River Road, Berkeley Heights.

For fireworks extravaganza on Tuesday, July 16, tickets are $10 for adults and for children 6 and over. Children 5 and under are free.

Unlimited wrist bands ($25.00) will be available Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20, ONLY. Wristband purchases can be used for ONE NIGHT ONLY, cannot purchase one wristband for both nights. Visitors can also buy individual ride tickets, cash only, for all five nights.

History

Traditionally, the feast is celebrated on July 16, when the Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Simon Stock, a Carmelite monk, on July 16, 1251. Mt. Carmel is a mountain in Israel near where Christ lived as a child. An order of monks worshipped there, and on July 16, Mary is said to have given one of them the Carmelite habit – the Brown Scapular.

Links

Tickets for July 16, and wristbands, can be purchased here:

http://mtcarmel.ticketbud.com

Mt Carmel webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/mtcarmelberkeleyheights/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mtcarmelberkeleyheights/

For more information: Mtcarmel.berkeleyheights@gmail.com