Carteret to Celebrate 42nd Annual Ethnic Day with Free Smash Mouth Concert and Fireworks

Carteret, New Jersey– Mayor Daniel Reiman has announced that Carteret’s 42nd Annual Ethnic Day celebration will be held on Saturday September 16th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will culminate with a free performance by the band Smash Mouth.

The annual event celebrating Carteret’s diversity includes a full day of cultural programming, live entertainment and food vendors that are representative of the many ethnicities that make up the Borough’s population.   Carteret is one of the most culturally diverse municipalities in New Jersey. In April of 2017, Carteret was ranked as one of the most diverse towns in the state by the Star Ledger.

“Ethnic Day is an opportunity for us to highlight what makes Carteret unique as a community.  Carteret is the melting pot of Central New Jersey. We have so many different cultures coming together to form a strong communal bond and contributing to making Carteret a great place to live.” said Reiman.


Ethnic Day is celebrated each year in connection with the Mayor’s Charity Trust Fund Carnival which begins Wednesday September 13th and runs through Saturday.  The Charity Trust Fund Carnival includes amusement rides, games, food vendors and live entertainment nightly.  There will be a fireworks display on Saturday September 16th at the conclusion of the Smash Mouth concert. Smash Mouth, a Grammy-nominated band has recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of their industry changing music.

The Charity Trust Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, established to provide Carteret residents with a monetary resource for education, athletics, and health, among many other charitable causes. The Trust Fund was created with the understanding that these children are often high achievers with great potential, and who with the proper financial support could continue along their own paths to success. Since then, the Charity Trust Fund has raised funding towards scholarships, arts and culture, athletic programs, other charities, and a variety of programs and services that benefit residents of all ages.

“The Charity Carnival is a great way to enjoy family friendly entertainment while at the same time giving back to many great causes that benefit Carteret residents.”, said Mayor Reiman.

Reiman also noted that bringing a band like Smash Mouth who scored top ten hits with their songs ‘All Star’ and ‘Walkin’ in the Sun’ compliments the Borough’s efforts to increase access to live entertainment for residents.

“In recent years, we have had performances by The Smithereens, Taylor Hicks and Kellie Pickler.  Smash Mouth brings us to a whole new level in terms of the types of acts we are bringing to the Borough. That is only going to continue when we finish construction on our new performing arts center.”  Reiman said referring to the future 1600 seat performing arts center currently under construction in the Borough.

The complete lineup of next week’s events is as follows:

Wednesday, September 13th

Charity Carnival

Bracelet Night

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Live Jazz: Chops n’ Soul

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 14th

Charity Carnival

Bracelet Night

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Live Music: The Ol Skool Band

7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 15th

Charity Carnival

Bracelet Night

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Live Music: DJ Untouchable

7:00 p.m.

Movie Night: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th

Ethnic Day Festival

Cultural Food and Entertainment

11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Carnival Rides & Games

12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Live Music: Rich Hennessy 6:30 p.m. & Smash Mouth 8:00 p.m.


9:15 p.m.

Sunday, September 17th

Charity Car Show

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Live Music: DJ Jukebox Jimmy

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Live Music: Party of Five

2:00 p.m.

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