SUMMIT, NJ - Despite the wet and stormy weather pattern that has blanketed the area, final preparations are underway for the Summit's 66th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Soldier's Memorial Field. The event features both morning and evening activities that have become a tradition for Summit’s residents, neighbors and friends. Completely funded by resident and corporate donations, the Performance and Fireworks rain date is July 5.
Judith Josephs, Director of Community Programs and Secretary to the Mayor’s Fourth of July and Celebration Committee, is “optimistic about the weather on July 4th, although we have thorough plans in place in the event of poor weather conditions. As of today, all systems are go for the best 4th of July event ever!” She added, “If residents are worried about the weather, they can get up to the minute details by going to www.cityofsummit.org."
The day-long celebration begins with a schedule of old-fashioned family fun, highlighted by a traditional Flag Raising Ceremony at 9:45 a.m., followed by a Decorated Children’s Bicycle Parade, Polka Dot Concert for Kids, novelty rides and amusements, food and craft vendors. The Kootz Rock and Roll Band and the Emergency Services Softball Game.
The evening's concert and grand fireworks display begins with the fabulous “Cameos” in concert beginning at 7:45 p.m. followed by the fireworks display, provided by Garden State Fireworks, at 9:15 p.m. Ashland Road closes to traffic at 6:00 PM. Residents and guests are urged to arrive early for the festivities and enjoy the concert. This is an alcohol free event. New for this year’s event is the addition of the Fireworks Food Court with Pizza Vita, local restaurant and mobile gourmet pizza vendor.
The honor of pushing the giant “Fireworks Plunger” goes to the congregation of Calvary Church in Summit. They were selected by Mayor Ellen Dickson for their generosity and dedication to the residents of Summit during Hurricane Sandy. The volunteers from Calvary Church cooked and served thousand hot meals to anyone in need.
The honor of starting the annual fireworks in Summit goes to a deserving individual or organization. Past recipients of this honor include the Summit Volunteer Rescue Squad on the occasion of their anniversary in 2012, as well as two Summit Lifeguards, Dan Byers and Joe Candela, who were recognized in 2011 for their efforts that resuscitated a young girl. The volunteers of Calvary Church are not only being honored for their efforts, but will represent all the volunteers who came to the aide of their fellow New Jersey residents during Hurricane Sandy. Major sponsors of this year’s events include Investors Bank, Celgene Corporation, Merck, Overlook Medical Center and support from Jersey Central Power & Light. In addition, hundreds of local businesses and many residents have also contributed to the event.