WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield will celebrate Independence Day this year by kicking off its annual summer-long Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. The family-friendly event will take over downtown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 4 with free performances by live bands at five locations. Rain date Wednesday. For details, click here.

The celebration in Westfield will continue Thursday, July 6, 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.

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

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Scotch Plains Township will host its second annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 1, at the Scotch Hills Golf Course. The golf course will open at 7 p.m. for spectators to set down chairs and blankets. Fireworks will begin at dusk.  To learn more, click here. Rain date July 2.

Clark will host its annual fireworks display July 4 at Arthur L. Johnson High School. Starting at 7 p.m. attendees can enjoy food, ice cream and music while shopping novelty vendors. For more information, click here.

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. For details, click here.