WESTFIELD, NJ — Looking for fun ways to celebrate Independence Day locally?

Head to Downtown Westfield the evening of July 3 for the kickoff of Westfield’s annual summer-long Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. The family-friendly event will take over downtown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with free performances at various outdoor locations downtown. Rain date Wednesday. For details, click here.

The celebration in Westfield will continue on July 5 with a free patriotic performance by the Westfield Community Band in Mindowaskin Park. Click here for details. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the municipal building.

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Hoping to catch a free fireworks show nearby? TAPinto Westfield found some local displays that everyone can enjoy:

Scotch Plains Township will host its second annual fireworks display on Saturday, June 30, at the Scotch Hills Golf Course. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a “Red, Y, and Blue” station with fun activities for kids from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Food Vendors will be on site throughout the evening. Fireworks will begin at dusk.  To learn more, click here. Rain date July 1.

Clark will host its annual fireworks display July 4 at Arthur L. Johnson High School. Starting at 7 p.m. attendees can enjoy food (including ice cream) and music. Fireworks begin at dusk.  Rain date July 5.

Also on July 4, Cranford will host festivities throughout the day, including its annual canoe races; Firecracker Four-Miler and Fun Run; a carnival featuring food vendors, games and amusements; and fireworks beginning 9:15 p.m. in Nomahegan Park. Rain date for fireworks only is July 5. For details, click here.