Livingston continues a favorite tradition this year by offering a July 4th celebration with something for everyone. The Wednesday, July 4, 2018 event marks 82 years of Independence Day festivities in Livingston.
The Livingston 4th of July Celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. and provides a full day of activities, leading up to the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.
Come Early and Stay Late! Events All Day...
Celebration Kickoff: Morning & Early Afternoon Events, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Each year, Livingston’s Celebration features the largest July 4th weekend Classic Car Show in New Jersey, starting at 9 am, along with numerous fun and exciting family-friendly events throughout the day. The car show is hosted by the Natural Glass Corvette Club and sponsored by Nielsen Dodge and Schumacher Chevrolet. A 10 am Patriotic Ceremony at Haines Pool provides the “official launch” to the day, leading into the Kiwanis Swim Karnival.
Those of all ages will enjoy Pickleball, the Sanskriti of NJ Cricket game and Investors Bank-sponsored Cricket exhibition, rides, activities, the Livingston Police Department’s Child ID Program, Lions Club Vision Screenings, the Declaration of Independence Reading, Pony Rides sponsored by Regal Bank, Mini-Golf and Connect-Four games sponsored by Bernheim Apter/Quinn Hopping, Powerhouse Studios’ shows, and games sponsored by Prestige Volvo and Harte Orthodontics. An Ice Cream Eating contest for kids, sponsored by Swëde’s Frozen Yogurt, starts at 2:30 pm!
Family Fun Continues: Late Afternoon & Evening Entertainment, 3 pm - 9 pm
Before you know it, more annual favorites begin: Entertainment on Wheels, sponsored by Livingston Bagel and ShopRite of Livingston, and the July 4th “Fantastic Family Food Fest” kick off at 3 pm., with tried-and-true specialties like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Empanada Guy, Carmello’s Wood-Fired Brick Oven Pizza and Angelotti’s, plus soft drinks, ice cream, and other mouth-watering offerings.
The Bands, Beer & Wine Café, sponsored by CareOne, will open at 3 pm (wine and beer sales will start at 3:30 pm and last call will be at 7 pm). In order to purchase wine or beer, guests must be 21 years or older and must show a valid ID. Two wines and four premium beers will be available. With gourmet food trucks located near the Café on Livingston’s Memorial Oval, families can enjoy themselves indulging in music, specialty foods, and games.
The Café features family games – including a Corn Hull competition and Human Chess game – and a large enclosed area with tables and chairs to accommodate lots of guests and families. Three different bands will perform inside the Café area, providing additional entertainment for all: Black Dog & Butterfly (3:30 - 4:30 pm), PM Ryder (5 - 6 pm), and The Red Light Band (6:30-7:30 pm).
The on-site amusements adjacent to the Café area will be offering unlimited rides for a single-price wrist band during the hours of the Café (3 - 7 pm). The popular Entertainment on Wheels truck will once again offer “kids” of all ages the opportunity to score the highest points in a video game competition. This is a free event that also runs during the hours of the Café.
The Grand Finale: Main Stage Concert, 7:30 pm & Fireworks, 9:15 pm
At 7:30 pm, the enclosed Café area will be opened up. Guests may choose to stay in that area or move closer to the main stage, where Epic Soul (sponsored by RWJ/Barnabas Health) – will play this year, followed by our amazing fireworks show at 9:15 pm, produced by Garden State Fireworks and sponsored by Summit Medical Group.
Epic Soul returns to Livingston this year after playing at last year’s July 4th Bands, Beer & Wine Café.
Restrooms, Accessibility, & Parking
Accessible restrooms will be available in Livingston High School during daytime events, and general parking will be available in the St. Philomena’s Church lot.
To view the full schedule and list of sponsors, visit livingstonnj.org/July4th.