South Plainfield’s 60th Annual Labor Day Festivities September 4

Calvin Gross will serve as grand marshal of the South Plainfield's 2017 Labor Day Parade.
Calvin Gross, grand marshal of the 2017 Labor Day Parade, with this year's parade marshals and the trophies.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Borough of South Plainfield held its first Labor Day Parade in 1957 as a small event for the community. Today, the annual parade is one of the oldest and best attended in the state, with men, women, and children of all ages coming from near or far to march or watch.

This year’s parade will step off on Monday, Sept. 4 and, in honor of the event’s milestone anniversary, the theme will be ‘Happy 60th Birthday South Plainfield Labor Day Parade.’

The day's festivities will begin with the 27th Annual 5K Race and 1.5-Mile Family Fun Fitness Walk. Registration starts at 8:15 am on Lake Avenue next to the middle school with the race/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Trophies will be awarded when all participants have completed the course.

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Lineup for those taking park in the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the South Plainfield PAL building located on Maple Avenue; parade marshals wearing green shirts will be on site to provide those participating with information about their lineup location.

Roads near the PAL and along the parade route will be closed to vehicles at approximately 9:30 a.m. with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. and head up Maple Avenue, turn right at Plainfield Avenue and continue past borough hall before going right at 7-Eleven and concluding around noon in front of South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS). The parade marshals are Mr. and Mrs. Daly, Tom Perry, Steven Miller, Dan Ratti, and Bob Neumann.

As in previous years, parade announcers Bill Cochrane and Patrick Boyle will be set up in front of borough hall and the judges will be stationed at the reviewing stand in front of the middle school. This year, trophies will be awarded to the floats that best depict the ‘60th birthday’ theme as well as for 'best entry,' ‘best band,’ ‘best antique vehicle,' and ‘best youth.' Calvin Gross will be presented with the '‘honorary grand marshal’ trophy and the ‘George and Marie Page Judge's Award’ trophy will also be presented. This year’s judges are Tony Massaro, Rick McCriskin, Tom Lanza, Robert Longo, Calvin Gross, Ellen Decker-Lorys, Shannon Jefferys, and Cheryl Nagel-Smiley.

Immediately following the parade the annual community picnic will take place on the grounds of SPMS. There will be music featuring Amp’d as well as food, vendors, and local business displays, games and free activities for children. Vendor set up at SPMS is from 7 to 7:30 a.m.

South Plainfield’s Labor Day festivities will conclude on Monday evening at Spring Lake Park. Amp’d will before from 6 to 8 p.m. and there will be vendors offering food and light-up items for purchase. Free glow necklaces will be distributed while supplies last. Roads will be closed at approximately 8 p.m. with a fireworks show presented by Garden State Fireworks set to go off around 8:45 p.m.

The 2017 parade lineup is as follows:

Labor Day sponsors, as of press time, include:



Comcast (fireworks)



Play Theater

South Plainfield Lions Club

AJ Jersey Inc.

CNJ "Ritas"

LIFTEC Forklifts

Maple Avenue Dunkin Donuts

McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, LLC

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Pinto Brothers Disposal 

Rich Tree Service

Saker ShopRites, Inc

South Plainfield Elks #2298

TAPinto South Plainfield

Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical

U.S. Plastic Sales Inc.

WARE Industries, Inc. (Marino)


Buddha's Light International

CRC Associates Inc.

Fisher Contracting Inc.

Marino Ware

McDonalds - Oak Tree Road Store #21739

Noodle Go Go

Sanitation Truck Repair

South Plainfield Education Foundation

South Plainfield Business Association

South Plainfield Observer

Sukhadia Indian Caterers Inc.

Vail Hardware Store, Inc.


Bett-A-Way Traffic Systems, Inc.

Creative Kids Academy

D'Annunzio & Sons, Inc.

Federal Metals & Alloys

Fire & Safety Services

Frank P. Licato, Jr. M.M.D.



Harris Realty Company, LLC

Home Depot of South Plainfield

IBEW Local Union #94

Integral Urgent Care Beta, LLC

Lehigh Utility Associates, Inc.

Marie’s Sweet Designs, LLC

Multi Packaging Solutions

Party City

Puleo International

R & C Auto Rebuilders, Inc.

Rose Spa NJ INC

Royal Coffee New York, Inc.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.

Szechuan Kitchen

South Plainfield Sheet Metal Inc.

Tele/Cable Inc.

Vendors (as of press time): 

ATA Black Belt Academy 

Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Boy Scouts #207

Brown Dog Productions

Buddha’s Light International Association

Cedarcroft Bible Chapel

Cub Scouts #224

Everest Institute

Girl Scouts #63

ID Life

Jersey Handbags

Jersey Girl Smoothies

LuLa Roe

Maglione’s Italian Ices 

Marie D’Urso Essential Oils

MAX Challenge of Piscataway

NJ Forest Fire Services


Philadelphia Pretzel Factory

Sacred Heart Church

Salvation Army

Sparkle Plenty 

Star Gifts

Steve Fu Collectibles

SP Amateur Radio Club

SP Democrats

SP Ecumenical Council of Christian Churches

SP Republicans

SPHS Competition Cheer

SP Cultural Arts Commission

SPHS Music Boosters

SPHS Tiger Football Club

Uncle Louie G’sAristaCare

VFW John Birch Society

Wreaths by Eleanor Dae

There will also be racecar, popcorn, cotton candy, and sand art, vendors

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