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Friday, July 5, 2013

Weekend Independence Day celebrations

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.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Rebecca Williams said...

Dan, the Heineken sponsorship is why Mr. Garcia should not have received a waiver of ANY fees. He will be making a lot of money from this THREE-DAY event--the permit fees the city charges are but a drop in the bucket. I will never vote to waive fees for commercial, profit-making ventures such as this.


Bobbie Sloan said...

When I moved to new Jersey from Arizona, 1962, I was a little girl.The thing I remember so well was the July 4th parade. It was about 3 hours long. Through the years towns have seperated from each other. I was always thrilled when the parade was comming. Now we are seperated and nothing is the same. Miss the good old days. Bobbie

Anonymous said...

@bobbie--you must be white

Anonymous said...

@bobbie sloan: you must a white person who is missing white presence. if that is what you are looking for go to a parade in someplace like manville. even scotch plains and fanwood can no longer provide the homogenization that you seek.