Screenshot from the city's website.
Banners touting Faraone's festival can be seen around town.
Plainfield's Independence Day celebrations get under way today with the three-day Independence Festival organized by Edison Garcia of Faraone's night club, starting at noon.
The festival is in Lots 8 and 8A behind the Front Street stores and features a carnival with rides for all ages, loads of delicious food and fruit drinks and vendors hawking everything from toys to cowboy boots. In addition, there is a beer tent sponsored by Heinekens near the bandstand erected behind the night club. The festival runs today through Sunday, Noon to 11:00 PM and is a real crowd-pleaser.
On Saturday, Plainfield's traditional but much-diminished July 4th Parade steps off from Johnston Avenue and East Front Street at 10:00 AM, proceeding down Front Street to pass the reviewing stands before dispersing on Madison Avenue.
This will be Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs' final July 4 Parade; one can only hope that it will improve beginning next year, as it has become a shadow of what it once was.
Grand Marshals for this year's parade are Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin Pyles and William Gary.
The parade will be followed by a concert at 4:30 (or 5:00, both times being put forward by the City) at Cedar Brook Park.
Fireworks will cap the city's Independence Day celebrations at 9:00 PM, also at Cedar Brook Park.