July 4 in Central New Jersey, review in pictures past

There’s one town in central New Jersey that celebrates in a very patriotic way on the actual day of 4 th of July, Milltown, NJ.

Many events take place starting at 6:00 in the morning is the fishing derby. A one mile Fun run at 7:45 am, $12 entry fee. Firecracker 5 K run is at 08:10 am w/ $30.00 entry fee. Early bird pricing has ended.

The annual parade starts at 10:00 am. This years theme is celebrating the 125 Anniversary of the Raritan Railroad. Afterwards, the local town park is open from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm with Water bouncy slide, food vendors, musicians in the gazebo. Hotdogs and select soda for everyone. Bring a lawn chair to sit and enjoy the festivities.

Fireworks take place between 9:00 and 9:30 pm the same evening.

I’ll highlight with the photos of the annual 4 th of July parade, and the festivities afterward.

“A” is for “A time to Remember” , a float at the 4th of July parade in Milltown, N.J.

Milltown 4 th of July Parade

Reflections on the 4th of July

While this  past weekend  was filled with a birthday party and visiting the family, Monday was a day to focus on Patriotic  explorations.

a patriotic door on the Morven house, former Governor's residence

First we took a drive to Princeton, to take part in the celebration at the Historic Morven house and museum and gardens.   A July 4th Jubilee Celebration was taking place on the grounds.    Volunteers
were milling about in period costumes.   You could run into “George Washington” and have a chat , and “Molly Pitcher”. There were display tents set up representing  Early Domestic arts including leaf print making, 18th century games, 18th century ice cream making, and spices of the same period- we used our olfactory sense to sample  mace, and other  unheard of spices in today’s times.

a patriotoc lecture on Molly Pitcher, and the lives of the women who "belonged to the army " during the American Revolution.

during the Jubilee, you sign the Declaration of Independence.

Everyone could hold a feather pen and “sign the Declaration of Independence; not the real one, of course.

Inside the Morven house, we  went to the second floor to explore the current exhibit called “the Stars and Stripes, Fabric of the American Spirit”  . This was from the Pearce collection of the American Parade Flags.   There was a time when our ancestors used to write on our American flag.  Here, you could trace the history of our national emblem from it’s  beginnings in 1777 into the twentieth century.

sample of American Parade flags

American Parade flags

The arrangement of the stars on the American flag was not defined for almost 100 years!

The first official Columbus day- 1892 marks the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America.

48 Star Red Cross Nurse Flag- carried in 1918 at the end of the World War I

patriotic American flags in the courtyard of Morven

Morven's brick backyard of the gardens

Happy 4th of July- Celebrate Independence Day!

We celebrate our independence on the 4th of July each year!

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Wishing You A Glorious 4th Of July Postcard

4th of July Giveaway by The Painted Quilt

Kaaren of the blog “The Painted Quilt” is hosting a 4th of July Giveaway.

The deadline to enter is today, July 3rd,2009. I’m not sure what time zone.
She is a design artist and since retiring, her hobby is quilting.

When you comment on her blog, please tell her which of the four choices that you want to be entered in.

1. Americana Themed  “8 x 4 ” papier mache box, with the top as a pincushion.

2. Ameicana themed needlecase 4 x 6 inches with detachable pin cushion

3.  A pillow that is 12 “x 12 “with applique elements to cotton background

4. A painted wooden reproduction antique untensil box.  It is painted with an original design.

While typing up this post, I must say that Kaaren of the Painted Quilt blog has beautiful and relaxing songs on her playlist.  Stop by her blog and have a listen. 

  I wish I could put a music playlist here on my blog, it doesn’t take the music playlist.com.

 Here’s her address:

http://thepaintedquilt.blogspot.com/

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 Her instructions:
1.  Leave a comment on her post.
2. Post the giveaway button on your blog and a link back to Kaaran’s blog and you get five additional entries for the same item you choose.

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