Greater Morristown July Fourth weekend preview: Food, fun and fireworks

Tom Winslow of the National Park Service recites Declaration of Independence at July 4, 2018, celebration on the Morristown Green. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tom Winslow of the National Park Service recites Declaration of Independence at July 4, 2018, celebration on the Morristown Green. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Because this is a short holiday week, we’re getting a jump on the weekend preview

Scroll down for fireworks and other July Fourth fun. Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too!

For even more fireworks, check this handy list from our friends at the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

Fireworks at Morris Plains Family Day, June 30, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fireworks at Morris Plains Family Day, June 30, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2019:

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers present a free 7 pm concert at Ginty Field in Morris Township. At 45 Woodland Ave. Bring lawn chairs or beach blankets.

The U.S. Army Field Band
The U.S. Army Field Band

Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers enters its final swashbuckling week at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $49. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., 973-408-5600. Read our review.

Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers. Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Directed by Rick Sordelet. Pictured (left to right): John Keabler as Athos, Jeffrey M. Bender as Rochefort, Alexander Sovronsky as Aramis, Paul Molnar as Porthos, and Andrea Morales as Sabine. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3:

Fireworks at Dover’s Hamilton Field Complex, 302 E McFarlan St., gates open at 6 pm. Rain date: July 5.

The Three Musketeers continues at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at 7:30 pm. See Tuesday entry for details.


THURSDAY, JULY FOURTH:

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

Few places can match Greater Morristown for patriotic fervor on Independence Day:

The Morristown National Historical Park, at 30 Washington Place, Morristown (Washington’s Headquarters Museum, Ford Mansion), and 586 Tempe Wick Road, Harding (Jockey Hollow), is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Free.

Free tour the 1718 Whippany Graveyard at 10 am. Pre-register with the Morris Tourism Bureau, 973-631-5151.

Also at 10 am: Hike from Morristown’s historic Acorn Hall (68 Lafayette/68 Morris St.) to the Powder Mill, a little known Revolutionary-era resource, with Amy Curry of the Morris County Historical Society. Free. The hike will be repeated at 2 pm.

Join Revolutionary War re-enactors at 11:15 am as they march from the Ford Mansion (30 Washington Place, Morristown) to the Morristown Green, where activities start at 11:30. Free.

Audience sings patriotic songs at concert by St. Peter's organist Josh Stafford on July 4, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Audience sings patriotic songs at concert by St. Peter’s organist Josh Stafford on July 4, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Loose Canons will sing on the Green at 11:30 am, and the Declaration of Independence will be read aloud (Huzzah!) at noon. (If the Redcoats send bad weather, these events will move inside the Presbyterian Church on the Green, 57 East Park Place.)

Tours of the Presbyterian sanctuary and its historic graveyard follow the Reading.

At 1:30 pm, organist extraordinaire Josh Stafford performs a free concert of patriotic favorites on the magnificent 1930 Skinner organ of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Miller and South streets.

The Randolph Kiwanis and Randolph Township present the three-day Randolph Freedom Festival, with rides, games, music, gourmet food trucks and more. Rain or shine. At Parking Lot 1 at the County College of Morris, Center Grove Road. For more info, call 973-989-7081 or email here, here or here.

Parade and fireworks, starting at 7 pm, Chatham Middle School,  480 Main St., Chatham Borough, 973-635-0674.

Fireworks at Parsippany Hills High School, opens at 7:30 pm. The band Garden State Radio will perform.  At 309 Baldwin Ave. Rain date: July 5.

Fireworks, 8:15 pm, Emmett Field, Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-410-5390.

Fireworks, 9:15 pm, Gardner Field, Route 46, Denville,  973-625-8300 ext. 238.


FRIDAY, JULY 5:

Morning Yoga with Munah Hayes returns to the Morristown & Township Library at 9:30 am. Free. Bring a yoga mat. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Three Musketeers continues at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at 8 pm. See Tuesday entry for details.


SATURDAY, JULY 6:

The Morris Plains Farmers Market is back for its 17th season, from 9 am to 2 pm every Saturday through Oct. 12, 2019, rain or shine, in the Merchant Block parking lot near the Model Railroad Club building.

Randolph’s Freedom Fest presents its annual parade at noon. It leads to the County College of Morris, parking lot P1, Center Grove Road.  For more info, call 973-989-7081 or email here, here or here.

The Three Musketeers enters its final weekend at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey with shows at 2 pm and 8 pm. See Tuesday entry for details.

Fireworks at 9:45 pm conclude Randolph’s Freedom Fest, at the County College of Morris, Center Grove Road, Randolph; 973-989-7100. Free; donations welcome.


SUNDAY, JULY 7:

The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 38th season, from 8:30 am to 2 pm every Sunday through Nov. 24, 2019. The Burnham Boys will perform at 10 am. At Lot 10, behind the Post Office, between Dumont Place and Morris Street. Presented by the Morristown Partnership.

The Three Musketeers concludes its run at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey with shows at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. See Tuesday entry for details.

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