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Summer in Summit, 4th of July Celebration

by: Sue Adler
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The City of Summit is proud to present its 66th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Soldier’s Memorial Field on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The events feature both morning and evening activities that have become a tradition for Summit’s residents, neighbors and friends. Completely funded by resident and corporate donations, this tradition has been able to continue thanks to their generosity.

The daylong celebration begins with a schedule of old fashioned family fun highlighted by a traditional Flag Raising Ceremony, followed by a Decorated Children’s Bicycle Parade, Polka Dot Concert for Kids, novelty rides and amusements, food and craft vendors, The Kootz Rock and Roll Band and the Emergency Services Softball Game.

The evening’s concert and grand fireworks display begins with the fabulous “Cameos” in concert beginning followed by the best fireworks display in the region. The fireworks are provided by Garden State Fireworks, the long standing provider for this show. Ashland Road will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m. Residents and guests are urged to arrive early for the festivities and to enjoy the concert. This is an alcohol-free event.

New for this year’s event is the addition of the Fireworks Food Court with Pizza Vita, local restaurant and mobile gourmet pizza vendor. They will have an assortment of great food vendors for your dining pleasure. Proceeds help to pay for the event. Come hungry and join us for the best Grand Fireworks Finale in the region.

The Celebration Honors Deserving Individuals and Organizations

The honor of pushing the giant “Fireworks Plunger” goes to the congregation of Calvary Church in Summit. They were selected by Mayor Ellen Dickson for their generosity and dedication to the residents of Summit during Hurricane Sandy. The volunteers from Calvary Church cooked and served thousand hot meals to anyone in need. The honor of starting the annual fireworks in Summit has gone to a deserving individual or organization.

Past recipients of this honor was the Summit Volunteer Rescue Squad on the occasion of their anniversary in 2012.Two Summit Lifeguards who successfully resuscitated a young girl were honored in 2011. Dan Byers and Joe Candela pushed the plunger to start the show. The volunteers of Calvary Church are not only being recognized for their efforts but will represent all the volunteers who came to the aide of their fellow New Jersey residents during Hurricane Sandy. They have graciously accepted the honor and plan on inviting the whole congregation for the big count down!

July 4th Sponsors

The Summit Fourth of July and Celebration Committee would like to recognize the major sponsors of this year’s event. Without their support, this 66 year old tradition would not occur. Investors Bank, Celgene Corporation, Merck, Overlook Medical Center and support from JCP&L! Also the city would like to extend a very special thank you to the hundreds of local businesses who have contributed to the event as well as to the residents whose contributions help to fund the children’s day activities. While other communities around the country have discontinued their events, the residents and businesses in Summit would not let this 66 year old tradition fail. It is a tribute to the sense of patriotism and tradition held closely by those who live, work and love Summit, NJ.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Activities Schedule:

9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Children’s decorated bicycle parade, Polka dot concert for kids, rides, game & amusements, “The Kootz” in concert, emergency services softball game

7 – 9 p.m. – “The Cameos” in concert, fireworks

Soldier’s Memorial Field
5 Myrtle Avenue
Summit, NJ

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For more details and up to the minute information, you are welcome to call the Summit Department of Community Programs at 908-277-2932.

In case of rain, the Fireworks Display will be held the next clear night at Soldier’s Memorial Field, Ashland Road, Summit.

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