Carteret kicks off Summer Concert series with annual Independence Day Festival

Carteret, NJ – On Saturday, July 3rd, the Borough will host its annual Independence Day Celebration, welcoming thousands of residents and visitors to Waterfront Park and officially beginning the town’s summer “Concerts by the Bay” series.


The event became a popular Borough tradition in 2006 when it coincided with Carteret’s Centennial celebration, established by Mayor Dan Reiman’s administration;


Saturday’s event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an American Flag Raising ceremony, and include plenty of activities and attractions for residents and visitors of all ages, according to Mayor Reiman, including rides, food, vendors, and exhibits by local civic and charitable organizations. The Elton John tribute band Bobby and the Jets will be the featured musical performers, and the celebration will include a fireworks finale beginning at 9:15 p.m..


“Carteret isn’t short on patriotism,” Mayor Reiman added. “Throughout the year the turnout at our patriotic holiday events and military observations is astounding. When you see an event on the scale of our Independence Day celebration, you really have to credit our residents who have always held our country and our military in the highest regard.”


The event will mark the beginning of the Borough’s “Concerts by the Bay” series, with a range of musical performers hosted on Sundays thereafter beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Performances at Waterfront Park will include music by:


            July 11            The Cameos

            July 18            Jersey Sound

            July 25            Suzette Dorsey

            August 1         The Mahoney Brothers

            August 8         52nd Street

            August 15       Emil Stucchio

            August 22       Dominique & Julian

            August 29       Larry Chance & the Earls


“Waterfront Park represents a pretty amazing success story,” Councilman and Parks Commissioner Vinny Bellino commented. “This is a former Brownfields that was left to sit indefinitely, unutilized. So to see this revitalized public treasure become so popular, and put to such great use with our Independence Day celebration and summer concert series really is satisfying.”


In the event of rain, the Sunday concerts will be moved to the Thomas J. Deverin Community Center and Public Library, 100 Cooke Avenue.

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