SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mayor Dennis Sullivan wants to "paint" the downtown retail and restaurant district red, white and blue, with help from students at the Van Derveer elementary school and the Immaculate Conception School.

Sullivan sent a letter home with the students from each school last week informing parents of the non-competitive event; no prizes will be awarded, but students and proud parents will be able to walk downtown and view their students' patriotic artwork on display in merchants' storefront windows.

"I am inviting students in grades 3 through 5 to create posters about the American flag to be displayed in store windows downtown. The posters can highlight the flag or simply include a flag as part of an original scene," Sullivan said in his letter.

Sign Up for South Brunswick Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Posters should be a minimum size of 8 ½ x 11 and a maximum 11 ½ x 17. Any kind of art paint, crayon, pencil or other material may be used. Posters should be submitted to the school office by Thursday, June 3.

The mayor will collect the posters and arrange for their display on Main Street between June 11 and July 8 to help Somerville celebrate both Flag Day, June 14, and Independence Day, July 4.

ISullivan will be at Borough Hall Saturday, July 10 from 11 a.m.-noon to return students' poster. Names, school and grade should be written on the back of the poster with the word "Return."

"I look forward to a good response from our young talented artists in Somerville. i hope your child enjoys seeing his or her poster on display as your family spends quality time together downtown as summer begins," Sullivan said in his letter.

If there are questions, Sullivan can be reached at 908-907-4319.

Flag Day is observed on June 14 to honor and commemorate the adoption of the American flag which occurred on June 14 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates its birthday on this day. 

Independence Day (or the 4th July) is a federal holiday in the US and will be observed on Monday, July 5. In the United States; it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.