Residents of the Grand Meridia are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July
Summer brings a lot of fun to Americans. Children look forward to getting out of school for a few months, families hit the open road for a well-deserved vacation, and everyone enjoys warm days on the beach or by the pool. Another great feature of summer for Americans is celebrating the Fourth of July, which is usually observed by lots of grilling, patriotic music, and spectacular displays of fireworks. Residents of the Grand Meridia in Rahway, New Jersey, are lucky in that many Independence Day celebrations take place in close proximity to the luxury apartment complex.
The Fourth of July is one holiday that the 29,880 people living in Rahway, New Jersey, look forward to every year. (1) While people get ready to enjoy mountains of hot dogs and hamburgers, they also remember the Battle of Spanktown that occurred in January 1777 that took place in the area. British forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Mawhood were defeated by colonial troops under the command of Brigadier General William Maxwell. The British were forced to retreat from Spanktown (present day Rahway) back to Amboy, losing 69 killed and wounded with 6 missing. The American force lost 5 killed and 9 wounded during the action. (2)
One Fourth of July celebration that those living at the Grand Meridia don’t miss is the local fireworks display. Rahway is hosting their Independence Day fireworks on July 3rd from 8:30pm to 9:30pm at the Rahway River Park Area. (3) If fortune does not smile and rain occurs, the fireworks will then take place on July 5th. The Rahway Knights of Columbus and the Patriotic Fourth Degree Color Corp will hold a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10am in the historic Rahway Cemetery that holds the final resting places for 70 soldiers of the Revolutionary War, 29 soldiers of the United States Colored Troops, 299 soldiers of the Civil War, and Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. (4) The local Harley-Davidson dealership will also be offering free hot dogs throughout the day.
Another popular Fourth of July destination for residents of the Grand Meridia is Staten Island, which is located only a few miles away. A long-cherished tradition on Staten Island is the Fourth of July parade held in Travis. This parade has been taking place since 1911 and will begin this year at noon. (5) The Staten Island Philharmonic will play a concert on the lawn of the Alice Austen House Museum on July 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Afterward, people can enjoy a mesmerizing fireworks display. Nearby Woodbridge is holding their annual Independence Day celebration on July 3rd at Alvin P. Williams Park. People can enter the park beginning at 4pm, and the fireworks show is expected to begin at roughly 9:15pm. (6)
Coney Island is just a short drive from the Grand Meridia and offers a ton of Independence Day fun. The New York Aquarium, Luna Park NYC, and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park will all be open on the Fourth of July. Of particular note for the Fourth of July is the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, which will begin at 10am. The Steeplechase Spectacular Fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:50pm. (7) The Sideshows by the Seashore attraction that features a traditional circus sideshow will be open on the Fourth of July as well.
Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia says, “There’s nothing like the patriotic joy one experiences every year on Independence Day. I love that Rahway and the surrounding communities go all-out in showcasing their pride in America and keeping alive the Revolutionary spirit that founded our great nation. The city of Rahway always puts on a great fireworks show, and many of our residents take the opportunity to catch Rahway’s fireworks on the 3rd and then catch another show the following night. Personally, I love going to Coney Island to celebrate the holiday. Watching the hot dog eating contest is always a fun time, and I wonder if Joey Chestnut can win it again this year. Last year, he ate 78 hot dogs in 10 minutes!” (8)
8) Quote from Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia