SOUTH PLAINFIELD - South Plainfield will come together for South Plainfield Community Day on Sat., Nov. 9 from 11:30a.m. to 3p.m., to celebrate the community they love. The event, organized by the South Plainfield Celebrations Committee, will kick off at 11:30a.m. at the Monument Park Helicopter (next to the Rescue Squad) with a salute to veterans. The festivities continue from 12p.m. to 3p.m. at Veterans Park, located at 327 Elm Street, and will include live music by Amp’d, a wide variety of activities for children, and a multitude of food vendors. Military vehicles provided by the 82nd Airborne Division and Lincoln Tech will also be on display.
“After the Labor Day parade cancelation, it seemed fitting to put together an event that brings us together as a community and celebrates our veterans,” said Amy Bengivenga-Johnson, Chair of Public Celebrations Committee. “The Public Celebrations Committee has been working tirelessly to put together this special event. There will be live entertainment, food, and fun for all ages. It is going to be the event of the year!”
The opening service will include a special salute to honor veterans with an invocation, wreath laying ceremony, raising of the flag and a few brief words. The South Plainfield High School Marching Band will then lead the crowd to Veterans Park for a day of fun.
Music will fill the air as Amp’d performs live all afternoon. Children can play in bounce houses and get airbrush tattoos. Costumed characters, stilt walkers and jugglers will mingle with the crowd. A close up magic show, giant butterflies, bubble cart and more will fill the afternoon with fun. There will be plenty of photo ops available with the display of military vehicles on hand for exploring.
Vendors from South Plainfield and surrounding communities will be selling a variety of food. The Lions Club will grill burgers and hot dogs. The South Plainfield High School Music Boosters will be making their famous fried Oreos. Food trucks will include: Latin Bites, Food for All (Gourmet Sandwiches), Bites & Bowls (Latin Fusion), Lady Maribel Ice Cream and more.
“While nothing can truly replace our great Labor Day Parade and festivities,” said Bengivenga-Johnson. “We hope that this celebration will bring all of South Plainfield together for an afternoon of fun and show of community strength.”