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Morris County & Morristown– Discover the Character

Morris County and Morristown NJ offers much in the way of historic getaways, cultural heritage, parks and recreation, wedding and banquet facilities, meeting spaces, cultural venues and events.

The Morris Museum, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Revolutionary War sites and Morristown National Historical Park are just a few of the world class attractions that we have to offer travelers to New Jersey. Ideally located 25 miles west of New York City, Morris County makes a perfect location for a diverse vacation with your family.

 

Posted 5/2014

 

 

 

Declaration of Independence to be read during NJ’s 350th Anniversary Year


Click here for List of Morris County Fireworks

 

Update: In case of rain, Revolutionary Times will go ahead as scheduled at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown directly across from the Green

 

 

11:00am

Public arrives. Musical entertainment on the Green provided by The Four Old Parts & Wire Harp


11:30am

Eric Olsen of Morristown National Historical Park leads crowd activities


Noon

Welcome by Leslie Bensley, Executive Director, Morris County Tourism Bureau

Pledge of Allegiance led by Tom Ross, Superintendent, Morristown National Historical Park

NJ 350th Proclamation read by Morris County Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo

National Anthem sung by Pat Sanftner of the D.A.R. Morristown Chapter


12:15pm

Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Tom Winslow, Morristown National Historical Park

 

12:45pm

“Feu de Joie” Musket firing by the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, Helms’ Company
Tolling of the Bells
Singing of “Happy Birthday New Jersey” and refreshments

 

1:00pm

Musical entertainment by the Wire Harp and The Four Old Parts

 

1:30pm

Free tours of the Presbyterian Church and graveyard

 

2:00pm

Fort Nonsense ribbon cutting with Eileen Cameron, President of the Washington

Association of New Jersey and Mayor Timothy Dougherty, Town of Morristown

 


The Morris County Tourism Bureau, in conjunction with Morristown National Historical Park and its many partners, will host the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Friday, July 4th on the historic Morristown Green while celebrating the New Jersey’s 350th anniversary (1664-2014).

 

This occasion has been selected by the New Jersey Historical Commission as its official LIBERTY event and will feature a special proclamation read by Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo, as part of a year-long series of activities held throughout the state.

 

The festivities on the Morristown Green will begin at 11:00 a.m. with patriotic music provided by the Morris Music Men and Wire Harp, along with audience warm-up activities led by the NPS ranger Eric Olsen. Following the Proclamation, the Declaration of Independence will be read with great passion by NPS ranger Tom Winslow, followed by the tolling of the bells and a musket salute. Free tours of the Presbyterian Church will be available after the reading. General George Washington visited the church in 1777 and the site boasts many connections to Morristown’s colonial past. This event will highlight the critical role that the Morristown area played in the Revolutionary War.

 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at Fort Nonsense, part of the Morristown National Historical Park, which recently underwent a significant 2014 renovation to improve the overall visitor experience to the former fort and look-out. The rehabilitation of the site includes clean-up of the tree debris; new road guide and entrance sign which will aid visitors in finding the site, as well as the replacement of worn and damaged interpretive signs explaining the history of the fort and its strategic importance. In addition, new benches, picnic tables, and animal-proof trash cans have been installed for the use and comfort of visitors. All of the improvements for Fort Nonsense were purchased through a Fort Nonsense endowment fund that is managed by Morristown NHP’s private partner, the Washington Association of New Jersey.


Additionally, on Thursday, July 3, 2014, an opening reception for the exhibit Bringing the War of Independence to Life: 19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution will be held in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum from 5 to 7 pm. “We are pleased to be able to tell the story of the war through these fascinating illustrations, and through a partnership that allows us to emphasize the Revolutionary War connections between two national parks in Valley Forge and Morristown, and between two National Heritage Areas: the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Crossroads of the American Revolution,” said curator Kurt Zwikl. The public is welcome to the reception.


MCTB’s partners and sponsors include: Washington Association of New Jersey, North Jersey American Revolutionary Round Table, Daughters of the American Revolution-Morristown Chapter/Schuyler-Hamilton House, Crossroads of the America Revolution Heritage Area, Morristown National Historical Park, Morris Arts, Presbyterian Church, Morris County Heritage Commission, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Provident Bank Foundation, RevHealth, TransOptions and Robert Lloyd Coutts & Sons.

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO PUT ON THIS EVENT

 

 

 

 


 

Ongoing events celebrating Liberty and NJ’s 350th


Museum of Early Trades and Crafts: The American Revolution in New Jersey
Now – February 13, 2015

 

“Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront” exhibit explores the experiences of New Jersey residents during the American Revolution, and how their lives were affected by the war.

 

The Continental Army kept winter quarters three times in New Jersey, while both fleeing and pursuing the British across the state. New Jersey residents saw their towns switch from Loyalist to Patriot control repeatedly, and were exposed to military life throughout the war, enduring many of the same harsh conditions: destruction of property, lack of winter supplies, and extended militia service. Conditions were even more perilous in ‘neutral territory,’ the no-man’s land of Bergen County and other shoreline communities that could not be held by the British or Americans and contained large populations of warring Loyalists and Patriots. In these regions, the Revolutionary War resembled a civil war more than an international war. metc.org

 

 

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey:
The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Paul Mullins
Now – July 20, 2014

In 1777, the tumult of the American Revolution continues and two unlikely anti-heroes make unlikely sacrifices, causing both Loyalists and Revolutionaries to examine the true meaning of honor. Shaw’s only play about America is a perfect piece to celebrate our Independence Day and New Jersey’s 350th anniversary. ShakespeareNJ.org

 

 

Morristown National Historical Park: Bringing the War of Independence to Life
Now – August 26, 2014

 

The show features 42 illustrations of the Revolutionary War by 16 different artists whose work originally appeared in 19th-century publications. All of the works are culled from the personal collection of Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl.

 

“Bringing the War of Independence to Life” is the result of a partnership with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, as well as Valley Forge National Historical Park. nps.gov/morr