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Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards TwpCHARTER DAY
HISTORIC STREET FAIR & FESTIVAL
Rain or Shine

Shows, Rides, Games, Food, Entertainment, Street Acts, Charter Day Idol and more!

THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND VOLUNTEERED for the 256th CHARTER DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION.

The 257th Charter Day Festival
will kick off in 2017-05-20 10:00:00 GMT-05:00!

 

Bookmark Charter Day www.charterday.com

Basking Ridge Charter Day Street Festival


Celebrate the rich history of Bernards Township with The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH). Make your own history with us by bringing your camera - or smartphone & post pictures of your booth, your kids, your festive table or any other Charter Day activities on our community facebook page! We're also on Twitter and Instagram. Post and hashtag  #BTcharterday.  Make your own history!

We're Closing Down the Streets!
Here Yea...Here YeaIt's Time for a Festival that Celebrates Our History!

Expect visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebration to reach over 10,000 as the festivities commence with the Town Crier conducting the opening ceremonies on the downtown green at 11am.

Bernards Twp includes Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington. The annual event, coordinated by the Bernards Twp Rec Department is an annual event that promises to be a fun and festive day with food, games, rides for the kids, local vendors, art displays, service groups and reminders of history all joined together at this annual street fair and festival right in the heart of the Bernards Twp section of downtown Basking Ridge.

Touch the Charter for good luck!
Stop by our Street Boothe and get your picture with the famed
Bernardston Charter

The recreation of the Bernardston Charter

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Why We Celebrate Charter Day?

Charter Day commemorates the anniversary of the granting of a township Charter by King George II of England, establishing Bernardston Township. This act was as a courtesy and in appreciation for the services of Sir Francis Bernard, Royal Governor of New Jersey. From January 27, 1758 to July 4, 1760 Sir Francis Bernard, son of a British Reverend was appointed for two years as Royal Governor of New Jersey.

The Brick Academy, home to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills will be open to celebrate the history of our Somerset Hills area. We hope you'll stop by for a visit. We are just off the town green.

Start Charter Day at the Brick Academy

IT'S A RITUAL THAT YOU HAVE TO COME SEE IT ONCE A YEAR AS A REMINDNER THAT YOU ARE PART OF OUR HISTORY!

COME SEE: Brick Academy Exhibit 11am-5pm

Come see the exhibit at the Brick Academy: What Put Somerset Hills (including Bernardston) on the Map!

The scope of the museum exhibit includes:

  • Primary exhibit: What put each town on the map including major Historical References, Developments, Events,Buildings, Business, Structures, People, and Interests
  • Secondary exhibit: Beautiful Country Estates, Notable Residents and Political Figures
  • Small ‘Did You Know?’ exhibit: Interesting Facts

The original Charter Day was May 24, 1760

   

Click Here to get your own copy of the Bernards Charter from 1760 Sir Francis Bernard, The Royal Governor of New Jersey

Above: Governor Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey (1758-1760) sits next to a replica of the official Charter of Bernardston. Click on each image to learn more.


Limited Availability:

Inside America Limited Edition Bernards 250 editionA classic Bernards Township local collectible, "Around and About - Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons, a 148 page limited release available from the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills at the Brick Academy.

The book is available for direct purchase for $20.00

Update:
A limited number of copies are still available - Click Here for details

 

Sand ArtCharter DayMusical entertainment will include musical groups performing on two stages and will include a local "Battle of the Bands" event at the Henry Street stage.

The nearby Oak Street school field will be the place for kiddie rides, attractions, moon bounces, slides, and other various rides for kids young and old.

The day promises to be one filled with crafts, games, rides, music, art, food, vendors, historical displays, local school and organizations' participation.

What better way to celebrate the Township's history than by living it? Happy birthday, Bernards Township!

Start today and learn more about the wonderful history of Bernards Twp, and the entire Somerset Hills area. Visit http://www.thssh.org/history101.php and begin your journey!

The Downtown Area

 

Charter Day


Parking and shuttle bus available at the Municipal Complex on Collyer Lane and Ridge High School.

For additional questions about the Bernards Twp Charter Day Festival,
please click here or contact:

Bernards Twp Parks & Recreation Dept.
1 Collyer Lane, Bernards Twp 07920
recreation@bernards.org
Tel: 908-204-3003

     

 

 

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