SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Avenue and surrounding streets in downtown South Orange were closed to vehicles on Sunday so the community could "play in the street" at the annual PlayDay event. 

Thousands came out to play games, listen to live music and watch performances on the main stage, learn more about community groups, try food from area restaurants, and shop with local vendors like Sadie's.

Mini-golf, giant checkers, and an oversized slide were just some of the games available for kids. The South Mountain YMCA had a building area, and Overlook Medical Center was providing free health screenings.

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“We are all thrilled that this year’s PlayDay, which was the fifth annual event, was the most successful PlayDay ever!" shared Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA).

"On behalf of the staff and board of the SOVCA I want to thank the South Orange Department of Recreation and the South Orange Police Department for all their help, the 100 or so volunteers, our amazing sponsors who make this event possible, and of course the thousands of attendees who all came downtown on Sunday to play in the street!” said Zuckerman.

SOVCA​​​​​​'s Chair, Steven Pedigo, also shared his thanks to everyone who helped make PlayDay a success. “PlayDay was a huge success in every way! We sold almost 1,300 wristbands and generated approximately $30,000 in corporate sponsorships – both which are PlayDay records," said Pedigo. 

"And the best news of all is that we will now be able to invest approximately $23,000 back into our district for our beautification initiatives including new murals and planters and so much more. I want to thank everyone involved in putting on this great event and thank the SOMA community for all their support," shared Pedigo.

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