Hi Shiny Happy Independent People…lots of ways to get out and celebrate your freedom this weekend. Don’t miss the Summer Courtyard Series at Princeton Shopping Center Thursday night. Fireworks can be seen somewhere from Thursday night on, Montgomery High School seems like the spot if you’ve got tots. Make sure to check out one of the local Green Markets if like to keep it fresh and healthy (dont we all??) and kids might love the Sunday Funday at Shadybrook Farm. Whatever you do, please stay safe and don’t play with fireworks, we all know a story or two about the dummy who blew off a finger playing with cherry bombs or roman candles. And lastly a HUGE shout out to the newest member of PrincetonScoop, the fabulous LaurenZ, who helped us put together this calendar for us all!
Thursday 6-8 pm The 23rd Annual Summer Courtyard Concert Series, Enjoy a Summer Concert sponsored by The Arts Council of Princeton with the Blawenburg Band. Princeton Shopping Center. All ages. Free.
Thursday 7 pm Music in the Park Series, Riverside Bluegrass present bluegrass. Lawrenceville Main Street, Weeden Park, Main Street, 609-219-9300. Bring a chair. Free., www.LawrencevilleMainStreet.com
Thursday 9 pm Singer Songwriter Showcase, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855 Hosted by Frank Thewes., www.triumphbrew.com
Friday 10:30 pm – Live Music), Trinidelphia, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855 $5 cover., www.triumphbrew.com
Saturday 2 pm Summer Music Series, Live music by Nassau Brass. Palmer Square, All ages, free.
Saturday 6:30 pm John & Carm rock, blues, and bluegrass band; Halo Pub, 9 Hulfish Street.
Saturday 10:30 pm The Trips, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855, $5 cover., www.triumphbrew.com
Thursday 6 pm Peace is Patriotic, Coalition for Peace Action, Annual gathering begins with a picnic (bring food, chairs, and blankets). Speakers include Carole Stiller, president of Million Mom March Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in New Jersey; Shapoor Vali, an Iranian-American from West Windsor; Bryan Miller, executive director of Ceasefire NJ; Reverend Isaac Miller, an Episcopal minister from North Philadelphia. If raining, picnic is cancelled and program will be held in Princeton Boro Hall., Monument Park, Nassau Street and Route 296, Princeton, 609-924-5022 www.peacecoalition.org
Sunday 2 pm From Revolution to Relativity, Historical Society of Princeton, Classic walking tour of downtown Princeton and Princeton University includes stops at Nassau Hall, University Chapel, Woodrow Wilson’s homes, and Einstein’s residence. Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-6748 Register by phone or E-mail email@example.com. $7., www.princetonhistory.org
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm The Full Monty, Paper Mill Playhouse, Elaine Stritch portrays Jeanette Burmeister in the musical bare-it-all story set in Buffalo, New York. For mature audiences. Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343, $56 to $84. Conversation about the show in the mezzanine at 6:30 p.m., www.papermill.org
Thursday 8 pm Urinetown, Princeton Summer Theater, Hamilton Murray Theater, 609-258-7062, Musical. $20., www.princetonsummertheater.org
Thursday 8 pm The Music Man, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-2041, Musical. $25., www.buckscountyplayhouse.com
Friday 11 am & 1 pm, Rapunzel, Buck County Playhouse, all ages, 70 South Main Street, New Hope $8.00, call (215) 862-2041. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com
Friday 6-9 pm Art Exhibit, Riverrun Gallery, Opening reception for ‘Twisted,’ a shared exhibit of bejeweled doll-faced clocks by Allan Sassman, paintings by Paul Matthews, digital art by Pearl Mintzer, portraits of drag queens by Rodney Miller, and wild sculpture by Ed Adams. 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349 On view to July 26.
Saturday 11 am Exhibition, Morven Museum, First day for ‘Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits,’ an exhibit featuring modern photographs selected from the National Portrait Gallery’s collections, part of the inaugural traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture. 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144 On view to September 27., www.morven.org
Saturday 7:30-11:30 pm No Name Dance California Mix, Central Jersey Dance Society, Universalist Congregation, American dance country waltz with Donna Reinhart followed by open dancing. No partner needed. 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-945-1883 $12., www.centraljerseydance.org
Sunday 2 pm Highlights Tour, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus., 609-258-3788, Free., www.artmuseum.princeton.edu
GET OUT AND CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM!
Thursday 6 pm Independence Day Celebration, Join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment, games, food & spectacular fireworks! Music by .That.s What She Said. (the best rock of the .80.s through today) at 7:00pm. Festivities begin at 6:00pm with grilled food, cotton candy, sno-cones, inflatable rides (nominal fee) & games. Fireworks begin at dusk. Local organizations will sell food & trinkets. Please plan to arrive early and carpool . parking is limited. Animal control officer has requested that all pets remain at home, Montgomery High School, All ages, Free.
Thursday 6 pm Independence Day Celebration, East Windsor Township, Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a six-piece band, presents jazz. Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, also a six-piece ensemble, presents ‘Americana. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs. Barbecue grills and vendors available. Etra Lake Park, East Windsor, 609-443-4000
Free. Raindate is Sunday, July 5., www.east-windsor.nj.us
Thursday 6:30 p.m. (rain date July 6) Hamilton Fireworks: Use south entrance of Veterans Park. Musical performance by The Nerds, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Thursday 7 pm Fireworks, Spirit of Princeton, Independence Day celebration. Picnics welcome. Bring blankets or chairs., Princeton Stadium, 609-683-4008 www.spiritofprinceton.homestead.com
Friday 6:30 pm Independence Day Celebration, Music followed by fireworks. South Brunswick Recreation, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 732-329-4000 Raindate is Sunday, July 5. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnics. Free., www.sbtnj.net
Friday – 7 p.m. Ewing Fireworks: Concert and fireworks after dark at Armstrong Park. Bring blankets and beach chairs!
Saturday 10 a.m. Ewing 4th of July Parade begins at Moody Park, runs from Parkside Ave. and Parkway Ave. to Ewing High School.
Saturday 11-4 pm Independence Day, Washington Crossing State Park, Celebrate the holiday with Thomas Paine and George Washington, reading of the Declaration of Independence, colonial children’s games, ring the traveling Liberty Bell, hear the firing of the cannon, and tour the historic buildings. Washington Crossing Historic Park, Route 32, Washington Crossing, PA, 215-493-4076 $8., www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing
Saturday 11 am – 4 pm Independence Day Celebration, Experience the Call for Troops, militia drills, sign the Declaration, and much more. Meet George Washington, Thomas Paine and see the cannon being fired. Washington Crossing Histroic Park, All ages, $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children 3-11, 2 and under /free http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/info/calendar.asp
Saturday 11 am-3:00 pm Fourth of July Celebration, Enjoy Mott.s Artillery, Cooking Demonstrations, Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Children.s Activities and much more. Princeton Battlefield, All ages, Free, http://www.saveprincetonbattlefield.org/
Sunday 7 pm Concert and Fireworks, Cranbury, Main Street, 609-395-0900
7 p.m., Concert and fireworks. Rain date is Sunday, July 6.
Sunday 9 pm Fireworks! The night sky will be sparkling at Sesame Place, with a spectacular fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on Independence Day weekend truly memorable. All ages. Free with Park Admission. http://www.sesameplace.com/sesame/pa/index.aspx
Thursday 4-7 pm Happy Hour, BT Bistro, Discount appetizers and drinks. 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403
Friday 4-6 pm Wine Tasting, Joe Canal’s Liquors, 3375 Route 1 South, Lawrenceville, 609-520-0008, Free., www.ultimatewineshop.com
Saturday 9 am- 1 pm West Windsor Farmers. Market, Seasonal produce, poultry, flowers, bedding plants, baked goods, community spirit and much more are all there to take advantage of! We have entertainment throughout the season and twice-monthly events sponsored by the West Windsor Arts Council. The Vaughn Drive Parking lot of the Princeton Junction Train Station, off Alexander Road.
Saturday 9 am-1 pm Pennington Farmers. Market, Five high-quality local farms, including one certified organic and another certified .naturally grown., will sell fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables every Saturday morning. located at the Pennington Shopping Center
Saturday 9 am-1 pm Montgomery Farmers Market, Supplying organic and local produce, bread from Lawrence Bakery, as well as NJ honey, popcorn, juice and salsa every Saturday morning. Located at the Village Shopper in Skillman
Saturday 1-5 pm 18th Century Foodways, Johnson Ferry House, Food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted demonstrates ice cream making using recipes and techniques of the late 18th century. Also basket weaving, early toys, and gardening activities. Parking fee. Washington Crossing State Park, New Jersey, 609-737-2515
Sunday 8 am – 1 pm Farmers Market, Lawrenceville Main Street, Vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, meat, and poultry, 16 Gordon Avenue, Lawrenceville, 609-219-9300, www.LawrencevilleMainStreet.com
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm Trenton Farmers’ Market, Farm vendors, food producers, wineries, cooking demonstrations, and musical entertainment., 960 Spruce Street, Lawrence, 609-695-2998 www.thetrentonfarmersmarket.com
Sunday 4-7 pm Happy Hour, BT Bistro, Discount appetizers and drinks.3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403
Sunday 9 am.1 pm The Lawrenceville Farmers Market features cooking demos, kids programs and music.16 Gordon Avenue, Lawrenceville
Thursday 10:30 am Preschool Stories, Princeton Public Library, Ages 3.5 . 6.
Thursday 11 am Jr. Jetsetters, Join chefs from KIWI® Magazine and Whole Foods Market® in exploring culinary regions of the world through food and festivity. Each camp incorporates exciting global foods and facts. We.ll crank up the heat and get hands-on as we make international dishes from places such as Mexico, Morocco, China, Italy and Japan. The camps culminate in an around-the-world cooking competition. Explore continents and countries one plate at a time, Whole Foods Market. Ages 5 . 7, Fee: $45 (for three days) Registration Required, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609.799.2919 ext. 305.
Thursday 11 am, 12 pm & 1 pm Song & Story Hour Train, Children can ride aboard the train while enjoying their favorite stories and sing along songs performed by local musicians. New Hope & Ivyland Rail Road, All Ages, $19.50 adults, $14.50 Children, $3.50 under two. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Thursday 11 am East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Princeton Summer Theater, Family show is an outer space love story based on a Norwegian myth that inspired Beauty and the Beast. Hamilton Murray Theater, 609-258-7062 $5., www.princetonsummertheater.org
Thursday noon American Boychoir Experience, Princeton Public Library, Culminating performance of the weeklong camp for boys ages 9 to 12., Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822
Thursday 4:40-5:30 Creative Art for Kids Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, South Brunswick Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, 732-329-4000 Artistic expression with Pat Dahl, an art instructor for kids with special needs. Register. Free., www.sbpl.info
Thursday 7 pm A Summer Series, Enjoy fine music in a community park setting! Since the summer of 2001, we have been filling Weeden Park with the sounds of established regional musicians. Bring friends and family to the park for a relaxing evening – and consider bringing a chair, blanket and picnic too, Weeden Park, Lawrenceville All ages, Free, www.lawrencevillemainstreet.com/events/musicpark.html
Thursday 8:30 pm, Fireflies in the Park, Plainsboro Recreation Park Ranger Division, Community Park, Scotts Corner Road, 609-799-0909
8:30 p.m., The secret life of fireflies. Free., www.plainsboronj.com
Friday 10:30 am Super Stories, Princeton Public Library, Ages 6 – 7
Friday 11 am Jr. Jetsetters, Join chefs from KIWI® Magazine and Whole Foods Market® in exploring culinary regions of the world through food and festivity. Each camp incorporates exciting global foods and facts. We.ll crank up the heat and get hands-on as we make international dishes from places such as Mexico, Morocco, China, Italy and Japan. The camps culminate in an around-the-world cooking competition. Explore continents and countries one plate at a time! Whole Foods Market, Ages 5 . 7 Fee: $45 (for three days)Registration Required, email email@example.com or call 609.799.2919 ext. 305.
Friday 1-4 pm Young Artists Workshops, Princeton Summer Theater, Musicals: the Workshop’ explores where the Broadway musical came from and how it is different. Hamilton Murray Theater, 609-258-7062, For ages 7 to 12. Register. $30., www.princetonsummertheater.org
Friday 3:30 pm Emma the Reading Therapy Dog, Come read with Emma and her owner Joe Turner. Sign up for a 15 minute session. Princeton Public Library, All ages, Registration Required
Saturday 11:30 am Saturday Story Time, Readings of new and classic picture books. Labyrinth Books, Ages 5 and under, Free, http://www.labyrinthbooks.com/stores_pr.aspx
Saturday Noon The All-Ages Show, You.re invited to put up your feet and tune in to WPRB.s All-Ages Show! Join Paddy and his partner as they embark on 90 minutes of tunes and tales. This is an on-air radio program to be enjoyed from home. It does not take place in Cotsen.s gallery. Costen Children.s Library, All ages, http://www.princeton.edu/cotsen/gallery-programs/our-programs/
Saturday 7:05 p.m. Trenton Thunder takes on New Britain Rockcats at Waterfront Park. Fireworks display after game.
Sunday 12-4 pm Sunday Funday: Herb Festival, Shady Brook Farm Don.t miss this seasonal family fun festival including a Moonbounce & Giant Slide, Kids Crafts, Informational seminars on seasonal and farm-related topics, a Playground, Hayrides ($3), Inflatables, Tryke Track and food, drinks, and ice cream available (for extra fees). All ages, Free, http://www.shadybrookfarm.com/funday.php
Sunday 3:30 pm Sunday Stories, Come listed to stories. Ages 2 . 8, Princeton Public Library http://www.princetonlibrary.org/children/index.html