Dr. Thomas Connors and The Westfield Community Concert Band join the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution to present the Annual Town-Wide Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 1st at 7:30pm in Mindowaskin Park.

The concert is part of the Westfield Community Band's Historic 98th Summer Concert Series. The evening will include a traditional and popular works from American history.

A featured work for the evening will be Richard Rodger's and Oscar Hammerstein's "Oklahoma". The first musical written by this renowned team tells the story of a cowboy, Curly and his romance with farm girl Laurey. The original Broadway production opened in 1943 and was adapted into an Academy Award winning film in 1955. This arrangement includes well known favorites such as "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "The Surrey with The Fringe on Top", and "People Will Say We're in Love".

Additional selections for this performance include: "American Civil War Fantasy" by Herry Bilik, "Ride" by Samuel R. Hazo, "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin and more.

The intermission of the program will highlight Westfield's Town Crier, sharing local news stories with the concert attendees and an Independence Day address.

The Westfield Community Band will continue their season on Thursday, July 8 and 15th, followed by the Westfield Community Swing Band "Nostalgia" on July 22nd.

The concert will be held in Mindowaskin Park, located next to the Westfield Municipal Building at 425 East Broad St. in Westfield. The event is free to the public; audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Westfield Community Room in the Westfield Municipal Building.

The Westfield Community Concert Band is sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Department, Bruce Kaufmann, Director. For further information, please contact (908) 789-4080 or email the band at info@westfieldcommunityband.com