Cranford Plans July 4 Events

The following is a schedule of the events taking place in Cranford on July 4.

A fireworks display will be the highlight of Cranford’s Annual Fourth of July:

Celebration. The day-long community festival will offer something for everyone including canoe races, a one-mile fun run and a four-mile run, a bike decorating contest and field games for the whole family, plus vendors in the park. This year will also see the addition of amusement rides, inflatable bouncers, a train ride plus games and novelty stands.

The following is a schedule of events:

  • 8 a.m. - Canoe races at the Cranford Canoe Club. Visitors will be able to participate in the annual races. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. The is located at 250 Springfield Ave. Registration will be immediately before the races at 7:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Canoe Club. The races will include the following categories: 10-13 years, 14-20, years 21 years and older, Ma & Pa, Mother and Child, Father and Child, Marathon 13-17 years and Marathon 18 years and older.
  • 9 a.m. - Firecracker Run. The Jaycees will conduct their Annual Firecracker Run beginning with a one-mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. and a four-miler at 9 a.m. at Nomahegan Park.  Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and is open until race time. For more info regarding the race go to www.cranfordjaycees.com.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Bike Decorating Contest. The Bike Decorating Contest at Nomahegan Park starts at 1:30 p.m. for the following age groups 4 and under, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for each age group.
  • 2 p.m. - Fun and games for all ages. The fun will begin with an Egg Toss followed by the Backwards Race (parent and child). Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place for each game. Every child will receive a participation ribbon. In addition, there will be food vendors in the park offering zeppoles, pork and beef barbecue, sausage and hot dogs, ice cream and assorted drinks from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • 9:05 p.m. - Fireworks. Limited parking will be available at , however, residents are urged to walk if possible. The rain date will be July 5.
Steve July 03, 2012 at 09:19 PM
On July 4, 1863, the strategic Southern city of Vicksburg -- after numerous Union attacks and a long siege -- finally fell to General U.S. Grant. In large measure, it was because of the defenses designed and constructed by a Confederate military engineer that it took Grant the better part of a year to grasp the long-sought prize. Twenty years later, that Rebel engineer would design the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. It was an ironic twist of American history that the same man who spent four bloody years trying to tear apart the Union would later construct the foundation for its most enduring symbol. The Confederate engineering officer, Colonel Samuel H. Lockett, lived in Cranford, New Jersey, with his family while commuting to New York harbor to perform the patriotic task. At the same time, his two sons attended engineering school at Rutgers in New Brunswick, while enrolled in the college's military cadet program. So while we are celebrating the anniversary of our nation's birth, let us also be mindful of the 150th anniversary of what many considered the second Revolution -- our American Civil War -- which finally resolved that we would be the United States.
David Korngruen July 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
You learn something new every day. I would like to know how you came across this information
Steve July 05, 2012 at 12:32 AM
David, it's mostly based on original research over the last decade using numerous 19th-century resources (e.g., newspapers, alumni catalogs, military-service records, battle reports, genealogies, trade announcements and journals, etc.). In case you missed it, I also posted a picture of Col. Lockett above, as well as a captioned photo of the Statue of Liberty showing the pedestal and foundation. Thanks for the comment.


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