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110th July 4th A Full Day of Family Fun
Maplewood’s annual July 4th will be the 110th organized by the July 4th Committee of the Maplewood Civic Association. It is a full day of family fun, a hometown community experience, including circus & fireworks.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Schedule of Events:
8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies at Ricalton Square
8:15 a.m. Parade steps off from Ricalton Park with everything you can push, pedal or pull; decorated red, white & blue; all ages.
9:00 a.m. Kids’ Dashes & Relays in athletic field opposite Town Hall
9:00 to 9:40 a.m. 4th of July 5K Run, Start & Finish on Oakview Avenue near Field House, (separate registration & fee: firstname.lastname@example.org . Organized by CHS Cross-Country Team parents and faculty)
9:00 a.m. CHS Robotics Club students display & demonstrate at Skate House
10:00 a.m. Circle Frame Kids’ Art Project downhill from RR station: “Amity, Unity, Infinity” by John Kaufman; sponsors: Memorial Post 10120 VFW & 1978 Arts Center; with story-theater by the Strollers
11:00 a.m. Ice Cream Eating Contests in picnic area next to tennis courts, sponsored and presented by Maplewood Rotary
11:00 a.m. Tennis Contests at Civic House tennis courts: fastest serve and most accurate serve; presented by Maplewood Recreation Tennis Program
11:30 a.m. Baking Contest in Town Hall; all ages. Judging directed by Janet Crane. Baking Contest entries need to be at Town Hall between 9 – 9:30 a.m.
12:00 noon Town Hall Murals in Town Hall: Durand-Hedden House volunteers will talk about the history of Maplewood through its murals.
12 to 3:00 p.m. Adult Softball in Athletic field opposite Town Hall
12:00 noon Kids’ Percussion Forest downhill from RR station, sponsored and presented by Jamie Ross
12:00 noon Pet Awards Show in front of Main Library: All Types, All Sizes! Organized and Presented by New Jersey Animal Coalition
Note that $10 per person tag is required for admission to the Circus and to concert/fireworks spectator area.
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Zerbini Family Circus under the Big Top! Rain or Shine! 1st Come, 1st Served! No Reserved Seats! Seating Is Limited so line up early!
4:00 p.m. Live music begins on lawn opposite Town Hall; performances until fireworks. Picnic until fireworks: Ice cream vendor; Burgers, hotdogs, sodas at Maplewood BSA troop 5 concession. [Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Maplewood parks.]
9:00 p.m. Fireworks — Come early! Times approximate. Parental discretion advised for small children and pets; consider viewing from a distance. Rain Date: July 5. (Circus and indoor events will be July 4, rain or shine).
GET YOUR TAGS AT: Town Hall Clerk’s Office, Libraries Main Branch & Hilton Branch, Recreation Dept. Town Hall & De Hart Park; Participating vendors: MAPLEWOOD VILLAGE: Able Baker, Maplewood Stationery, No.165, Scrivener’s, Strawberry Fields, Village Wine Shop, Words Bookstore; SPRINGFIELD AVENUE: Edo’s Quality Cakes, HLS Juice Bar & Grill, Park Wood Diner and on July 4th in Memorial Park and at Evening Event Entrance Gates
Registration is required for Bikes Etc. Parade and Dashes & Relay Races. Forms are available at Memorial and Hilton Libraries, Town Hall, online at Board of Education school websites (“Digital Backpack Flyers”) and on Facebook "Maplewood 4th of July " and at www.maplewoodonline.com/cg/july4/
More About Memorial Park
Many Maplewood residents are transplanted New Yorkers. The town's easy commute to the Big Apple certainly attracts former Gothamites. But we can't help but wonder if the fact that Maplewood has a central park, of sorts, adds to its former New Yorker appeal.
Memorial Park is at the heart of the town, as it's bordered by the train station, the Municipal Building, the Maplewood Library and the town's country club.
The park features two playgrounds, two multi-purpose fields, three tennis courts and four picnic tables.