SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission invites all to attend the popular annual July 4 fireworks display, scheduled to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, at North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Admission is free to July 4th celebration, to feature live entertainment, historic displays, and food available for purchase.   

North Branch Park will open its gates at 6 p.m. to allow vehicles to enter the park and families to picnic on park grounds. Visitors should plan to arrive early, as heavy vehicle and foot traffic is expected at the countywide event. 

Milltown Road will be closed at approximately 9 p.m., prior to fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m., according to the county.   

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Live music scheduled

The Stone Flower Santana Tribute band and the Tyrone Stackhouse Project will perform live throughout the evening.

Stone Flower will kick off the celebration with a tribute to the Santana Band from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This performance will be followed by the Tyrone Stackhouse Project, local musicians bringing the audience to Motown by playing the hits of the 60’s and 70’s, R&B, soul, jazz, and the blues. The Project will play two sets, at 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and from 10 to 11 p.m. 

Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin. 

The NJ 3rd Regiment Revolutionary War encampment will be part of the event, offering a glimpse of what life was like for soldiers at the time of the first Independence Day.

Ten food trucks will offer a variety of food choices. Picnic baskets are allowed but alcohol is prohibited. Personal fireworks are not allowed.

Local weather for July 4 is predicted to be mostly sunny, with thunderstorms possible after 2 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Sponsorship is provided by The Somerset County Park Foundation, The Courier News, and Magic 98.3 WMGQ Radio. 

Milltown Road will remain closed at the conclusion of the fireworks for between 30 minutes and one hour while local neighborhood pedestrians walk from the park. Bridgewater Township police will be on hand to assist park staff with traffic flow.     

Updates will be available on the Activity Hotline at 908-722-1200, ext. 5351.For information on this and all Park Commission programs and activities log onto www.somersetcountyparks.org.