Lighting up Princeton's sky

The Princeton city skyline glowed under the flare of fireworks during the finale of the Fourth of July celebrations in this file photo.

PRINCETON — A car show, water slides, live music, vendors and a fireworks show are on this year’s Fourth of July agenda in Princeton.

In 2020, precautions against COVID-19 curtailed the Mercer County Fourth of July celebration in Princeton, but this year it will be open Sunday for Fourth of July activities. Festivities will start with a car show at Princeton High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gates will open 1 p.m. at the nearby Hunnicutt Stadium, and admission is free. Fireworks and patriotic music are scheduled to kick off at about 10 p.m.

Pandemic precautions did not allow live music and other activities in 2020, but this year bands are back with The Furrows performing from 2 to 2:45 p.m.; Transit Times from 3 to 4 p.m.; Thomas Taylor & The Highrize Band from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.; Beach Nite Band from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.; and On The Border – Eagles Tribute Band from 8 to 9:45 p.m.

Celebrations will include a Kids Corner with water slides, face painting, balloon animals and painting crafts by Hammer & Stain. Princeton Community Hospital and Princeton Health Care Center will provide a hydration station. The City of Princeton and the Princeton Rescue Squad are coordinating this year’s event.

The Town of Bramwell will have a free rock and roll concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 3 at the train depot in downtown Bramwell. Musician Dave Watkins and his band will be performing. Mayor Louise Stoker said that the town is now planning a Labor Day festival with fireworks.

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