Princeton no longer hosts its own fireworks. The group that sponsored the fireworks for many years, the Spirit of Princeton, couldn’t raise enough money to continue the tradition. Princeton University alums who support the group felt the school’s reunion fireworks should suffice for Princeton residents. Most neighboring towns still continue the tradition in celebration of the Fourth of July weekend, though not on the actual holiday.
Following are eight area fireworks events in honor of Independence Day that are just a short drive from Princeton:
Montgomery Township’s Fireworks Spectacular celebration begins at 6 p.m.Games, entertainment, and vendors including grilled foods, drinks, kettle corn and funnel cakes. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy the sounds of music band, “Just Duet – with Friends” playing at 7 p.m. on the mobile stage. There will also be a warm-up band at 6 p.m.– “Perfectly Sharp” – a seasoned jazz quintet from Montgomery High School’s own jazz band. After the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at dusk, the fireworks will begin just after 9 p.m. The celebration will take place on the front lawn of Montgomery High School, 1014 Rt. 601, Skillman.
Lawrence Township’s fireworks will begin just after 9:30 p.m. at Rider University. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a free concert at 7:30 p.m.
The Lambertville and New Hope fireworks on the Delaware begin at about 9:30 p.m. Many visitors find parking and check out the shops and restaurants in both towns before the fireworks display. We recommend you get there early to get a parking spot.
Hamilton Township offers a free concert at 6 p.m. at the Kuser Road entrance of Veterans Park. Fireworks begin after 9 p.m.
South Brunswick kicks off its Independence Day celebration at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads School South Fields in Monmouth Junction. Fireworks will begin sortly after 9 p.m.
The East Windsor Independence Day Celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Etra Lake Park. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Ewing kicks off its celebration at 5 p.m. at the College of New Jersey. Music, food, crafts, vendors and more. Fireworks around 9 p.m.
The Hopewell Township Community Concert and Fireworks kicks off with a performance by the 63rd US Army Band. Bring your family and your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a fireworks display under the stars. Classic car show starts at 5:30 p.m. Food vendors and more. Alliger Park, CR546, Hopewell.
The Trenton Thunder will also have post-game fireworks at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton on June 30, July 2, and July 3.