PLAINFIELD, NJ - On a quiet block near Cedar Brook Park is a one-way, dead-end street named Allenwood Drive, where on the Fourth of July the street is transformed into a party. When asked how long this block party has been in existence, Greg McCray said, "It has been seven years."
For the last seven years the neighbors of Allenwood Drive have pooled their personal barbecues into one large block party embracing everyone on the block, young and old. There was plenty of food, drinks, games, a live DJ, Godfather Kc and the RT Funk Band, one of Plainfield's hottest funk bands. The focus of both the DJ and band was to give this block party an atmosphere of unique live entertainment.
"It is always good to get together with neighbors, family and close friends," said Ceil Saunders, one of the long-term homeowners.
Block parties come in many sizes and shapes. But the key to a block party's success is organization, planning and the consensus of the diversity within the block. The layout of this event was well-planned as evidenced by the smooth flow of traffic.
The holiday weather was ideal for the event. The generational mix created a friendly family atmosphere that many could enjoy.
It's about "bringing neighbors together," said Greg McCray.