The City of Summit has announced their plans for the 64th Annual Fourth of July Celebration to be held on Monday, July 4, 2011.  Soldier’s Memorial Field will be the site for both the morning and evening celebration events. This traditional Fourth of July Celebration has become a homecoming of sorts, as generations of Summit residents plan their summer vacations around this fabulous annual event. The Mayor’s Fourth of July and Celebration Committee works all year long on securing donations to run this major special event. The events are totally dependent on donations by residents, local businesses and corporations. Already committed to this year’s events are Overlook Medical Center and Investors Savings Bank.

The day’s festivities begin with the Flag Raising Ceremony at 9:45 AM with representatives of Summit area Veteran’s Organizations.  The Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade begins at 10:00 AM. Children ages preschool through 10 years of age are invited to decorate their bikes in the most patriotic fashion. Trophies will be awarded in three different categories,Preschool, Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-10. The children will ride their bicycles around the track at Soldier’s Memorial Field as Judges pick the winners. Winners are announced from the big stage by Mayor Jordan Glatt. Trophies will be awarded and photos will be taken with the Mayor. Every child will receive a Certificate of Participation. Following the Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade, a children’s concert with Polka Dot will entertain the children.  Novelty rides, ponies, crafts, games of chance and carnival attractions will run from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. At 11:30, it’s time for a concert for everyone with The Kootz. They describe themselves as Rock and Roll on Fiber. If you love rock and roll music, you’ll love The Kootz. Hang out and enjoy some great food and music in our Food  Court. Munch on all American favorites like hotdogs, ice cream and lemonade. At 12 Noon, Summit’s Emergency Services join for their annual battle on Memorial’s Softball Field. Summit Fire Department, Police Department and EMS battle it out for the coveted Chamber of Commerce Trophy.

The Summit 4th of July Celebration would not be complete without the evening concert and fireworks display. “The Cameos” will be the featured performers on the big stage starting at 7:45 PM. “The Cameos” are a talented nine piece oldies/vocal harmony group who create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 1950’s and 60’s with a little 70’s thrown in for good measure. The Grand Fireworks Display starts at 9:15 PM in the sky over Summit’s Memorial Field. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for a glorious show, celebrating the USA.  Everyone will be seated in the upper part of the field for the fireworks display. Get there early and relax. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase. Ashland  Road closes at 6 PM. So come early and enjoy the show. Walk, carpool, or bike with your friends.

Mailers with all the details will be mailed to all the homes in Summit.  Information about the event will be found on the City’s website, or by calling 908-277-2932. Donations will be solicited through the mailer.  Each and every resident’s donation will help. If you are a business in the City and would like to get involved, we urge you to contact the Department of Community Programs.