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Fireworks and More July 4th Weekend in and near Piscataway

Credits: Metlar-Bodine House Museum

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Begin the weekend with a bang and take a tour of the Metlar-Bodine House Museum on Saturday, July 2nd.  Discover exactly where, how, and why our nation’s July 4th celebration got its start – right here in Piscataway.

Come and learn about Piscataway’s exceptional history with new and planned exhibits between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The museum is located at 1281 River Road and admission is $5.00 per person. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open and light refreshments will be served.

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On Sunday, July 3rd visit Boyd Park in New Brunswick for the city’s Independence Day celebration. The event runs from 5 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m. and will feature live music, a community reading of the Declaration of Independence, a historical re-enactment and food vendors.

The historical re-enactment of Washington’s “Feu de Joie” or “Fire of Joy” will begin at 5 p.m. Live music is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the reading will begin at 8:30 p.m. At 9:10 p.m. attendees may turn their eyes to the sky over the Raritan River to watch a joint fireworks display between New Brunswick and Highland Park.

Attendance is free, and free general parking will be available at the Rutgers Public Safety Building parking deck on Neilson Street. Free handicapped parking will be available in Boyd Park.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. 

An Independence Day Celebration with Dolly Madison will take place at East Jersey Old Town Village at Johnson Park, 1050 River Road in Piscataway on Monday, July 4th at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Elizabeth Michaels of the American Historical Theatre will portray Dolley Madison, the wife of President James Madison, best known for her iconic style and social presence.

The event is free, but registration is required.  To register, call (732) 745-3030, ext. 310. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial (732) 745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request. Wheelchairs are available for visitors.

Close out the weekend with Piscataway Township’s Annual 4th of July Celebration.  The event will take place on Monday, July 4th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Piscataway High School Football Stadium, 100 Behmer Road.

The celebration will include clowns, children's rides, food, live music, and as part of the township’s 350th anniversary, the fireworks will be better than ever! 

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. The rain date is Tuesday, July 5, 2016. is a free online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PiscatawayTAP.

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