Grand Meridia residents have lots of options for Independence Day fun
There are few things as enjoyable as celebrating the Fourth of July. Usually there's great food, such as burgers and barbeque chicken, to be consumed, patriotic parades, lots of music, and some spectacular fireworks that light up the night sky. It was on July 4th, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed, thus formally separating the American colonies from Great Britain. The Fourth of July has been a paid federal holiday since 1938 and had been an unpaid federal holiday since 1870. (1) Those living at the Grand Meridia apartment complex in Rahway, New Jersey, look forward to the many patriotic events that can be found within a short commute.
Rahway has an estimated population of 29,508 individuals and features a quaint small town charm. (2) However, there was some action to be seen during the Revolutionary War. Local residents, including those residing at the luxurious Grand Meridia, know that blood was spilled in the city during the War for Independence. The Battle of Spanktown was fought in Rahway on February 23rd, 1777, as part of the Forage War that was fought across New Jersey. The British army needed provisions for their men and animals, and George Washington ordered that such supplies to be denied to the enemy. Thus, regulars from the Continental Army and numerous local militia companies took part in many operations against the British troops. In the Battle of Spanktown, British forces, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Mawhood, came across some militia herding livestock. Mawhood sent his forces to flank the militia, but they were fired upon by a large group of American forces that had been covering the militia. The British were forced to retreat all the way back to Amboy, being harassed by the Americans the entire distance. When the smoke from the battle cleared, Mawhood reported that 69 British troops had been killed or wounded and another 6 were missing. In contrast, the Americans only had 5 men killed and 9 wounded. (3)