PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city will host the 91st Central Jersey July 4 Celebration on Saturday, July 5. This year’s theme is “Progress Through Innovation,” and Dr. James E. West, Sr., noted inventor and scientist, will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

“The City of Plainfield has a long, proud tradition of hosting one of Central Jersey’s most significant 4th of July observances,” said Mayor Adrian Mapp. “We’re honored to have Dr. James West serving as our Grand Marshal.  His record of accomplishment fits perfectly with the innovation that is transforming Plainfield right now.”

Dr. West, a Plainfield resident, is a co-inventor of the electret microphone, which is used in 90 percent of all contemporary microphones today.  He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  He has also worked with initiatives that encourage women and men of color to pursue careers in science and technology.

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The parade begins at 10 a.m. on East Front Street.  A fireworks display will begin at dusk in Cedarbrook Park.  The parade and fireworks display are free.  Refreshments will be sold by participating food vendors.  The concert previously held before the fireworks display has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 13, 2014, as part of the Union County summer concert series.

Applications for parade floats and participants are available through Plainfield’s Division of  Recreation.  For more information, contact the Division at (908) 753-3097.