PLAINFIELD, NJ - Temperatures are projected to reach the upper 80s, and so far Mother Nature seems to be cooperating by promising to treat Plainfield to a precipitation-free holiday perfect for both a parade and a concert. The 4th of July holiday will commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago in 1776.
The day's festivities in Plainfield will begin with a parade down East Front Street, at 10:00 am, from Netherwood Avenue to Park Avenue.
Later, starting at 5:00 pm, a concert will take place in Cedar Brook Park. Union County Freeholder Linda Carter has said, "Cedar Brook Park is a jewel in the crown of the Union County parks system and the City of Plainfield."
Concert attendees will be treated to performances by The Mambo All-Stars, featuring Tito Puente, Jr. and Melina Almodovar, as well as the SoGo Band.
Additional performers include Bindi Liebowitz and Sandra Rey. Oh, and just someone named Alexis Morrast; you may remember her as the Plainfield student who won first prize at Showtime at the Apollo earlier this year!
Fireworks at dusk will conclude the day's fun and games.
UPDATE: FOLLOWING IS THE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF PLAINFIELD
Plainfield’s 4th of July Parade and Concert Showcases its Diversity
On Tuesday, July 4th, at 10 AM The City of Plainfield will once again join in celebrating the Independence of the United States of America with an Annual Parade through the streets of its downtown. Prizes will be awarded for innovation and creativity of floats and entries. The Parade will move along East Front Street and culminate at Park Avenue.
The theme of the parade this year is “Plainfield United, Plainfield Strong” and it will showcase the versatility and diversity that makes Plainfield unique. Local songbird Alexis Morrast who recently took first place at Showtime at the Apollo will lead as the Parade Marshall, and it promises to be Plainfield’s biggest and best Parade yet!
"We've worked hard to put together an all-inclusive parade and program," Said Superintendent of the Division of Recreation, Veronica Taylor "We recognize the fantastic blend of cultures we have here, and it's a pleasure seeing how well they complement and work in tandem with each other. The parade and concert present just another opportunity to let our Plainfield unity shine!"
Following a recipe that has served well over past years, the parade will be followed by a concert in Cedarbrook Park which will start at 5 PM. This show again follows the theme of celebrating diversity, and along with local artists such as Bindi Liebowitz, SoGo, Alexis Morrast, and Sandra Rey, the Mambo All-Stars are expected to bring the house down, Featuring Tito Puente Jr. and Melina Almodovar.
The Mambo All-Stars: A Native New Yorker and South Florida resident Tito Puente, Jr. is the youngest of the Puente children, and has become an audience favorite in Casinos, Performing Arts Centers, Symphony Halls and Jazz Festivals worldwide, performing more than 2000 shows over the past 10 years. Tito has appeared in several TV shows such as One Life to Live and has performed as musical guest in Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Melina Almodóvar, also known as La Muñeca de la Salsa and La Chica Del Bling, is a Puerto Rican salsa singer, songwriter, dancer, and entertainer. Known for her high-energy performances and salsa dancing skills, she combines old-school salsa moves with contemporary styles of dancing and singing. She is also credited with establishing the first successful salsa orchestra in the Southern United States, Orquesta Client.
Melina and Tito will join a group of talented Latin musicians on July 4th for a one-time salsa performance in Plainfield, NJ
SoGo: is a contemporary band covering over 5 genres of music including Jazz, Funk, Rock, R&B, Soul and many rhythms from over the globe. The band was formed in 2001 and the musicians have since worked around the world with artists and producers such as Wyclef Jean, Chante Moore, Jerry Wonda (Shakira, Fugees, Justin Beiber, Santana), Shea Taylor (Beyonce, Rihanna, Frank Ocean), Paul Pesco (Hall and Oates, Jennifer Lopez), gospel sensation Tye Tribett, Peter Cincotti, Demi Lovato and many more. SoGo has received over 100,000K views on YouTube and continues to be a force in their unique approach to multiple genres of music. They will be joined by Mikaelle for the July 4th concert in Plainfield...
The show ends at approximately 9:15 to be followed by fireworks at dusk.
"When we talk about Plainfield Pride, it is intrinsically tied to the diversity in the makeup of our residents, and it's something we like to celebrate every chance we get. Plainfield is a microcosm of the United States of America and what could be more fitting than celebrating our independence with a program showcasing the very thing that makes our country unique around the world. I am very proud to be Mayor of a City that understands that our diversity does not make us different, it makes us special.” – Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, City of Plainfield.