Independence Day celebration to recognize vets

WOODBRIDGE — The annual Woodbridge Township Independence Day celebration and fireworks display is set for 4 p.m. July 2 at Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park on the Sewaren waterfront.

“Woodbridge Township is home to military personnel currently serving overseas, and to military veterans who served and protected America’s freedom and democracy in conflicts around the world; it is to those brave military personnel and veterans that we dedicate this year’s Independence Day celebration,” Mayor John McCormac said, adding that the township’s celebration will be one of the largest in the state. “This year, Woodbridge Township will offer a special salute and recognition to our Veterans of the Korean War.”

The festivities kick off with live music by The Time Machine at 6 p.m., followed by “Bringing the Night to Life” fireworks display choreographed to music.

Alvin P. Williams Park will be closed during the day to allow for the fireworks setup. The gates will open to the public at 4 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. There is no reserved seating and no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the park.

In case of inclement weather, call the Department of Recreation at 732-602-6045 or visit

The Woodbridge Police Department reminds residents and visitors that all types of fireworks are illegal in Woodbridge Township. Under state law, it is a crime to sell, use and/or possess any kind of fireworks.

Possession of illegal fireworks is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 30 days in jail. Anyone found guilty of using fireworks illegally can be fined up to $500 and/or receive a jail term of up to 30 days.

The Woodbridge Police Department will be on patrol throughout the holiday weekend, and will respond to any location where illegal fireworks are in use. In addition, they will respond to any complaints or instances where the use of illegal fireworks jeopardizes public safety and will take appropriate action, including arrest and confiscation of illegal fireworks, to protect public safety.