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Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards TwpCHARTER DAY
Rain or Shine

Shows, Rides, Games, Food, Entertainment, Street Acts, Battle of the Bands and more!

The 2015 Charter Day Festival starts in 2015-05-16 10:00:00 GMT-05:00!

Thanks to all of the volunteers!
Celebrate Bernards Township's
See you at the 256th Anniversary
in MAY 2016

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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  #charterday.  Make your own history!

Street Fair and Brick Academy Open 11am-5pm
Rides 11am-6pm
Entertainment – 11am-10pm

Close Down the Streets -
It's Time for a Festival that Celebrates Our History!

Here Yea...Here YeaExpect 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.

Take your picture with the Charter! Right in the center of Downtown Basking Ridge.
Touch the Charter for good luck!
Copies of the translated Charter will also be available.

The historic Brick Academy, home to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills will be open from 11am-5pm to celebrate history and welcome our neighbors. We have a huge rerpoduction of the original Charter -

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! We suggest you touch if for good luck!

Stop by to see new exhibits and the 1800's schoolhouse top floor. New gifts and keepsakes for the kids.  Just off the Town Green.


Basking Ridge Charter Day Street Festival

Why are We Celebrating Charter Day?

The recreation of the Bernardston Charter

Charter Day commemorates the anniversary of the granting of a township Charter by King George II of England, establishing Bernardston Township.

Click the image to enlarge!

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.

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 editionSure to be a classic Bernards Township Author and historian June Kennedy will be autographing copies at the Brick Academy Saturday, May 15, 2010 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

Author: Local Historian - June Kennedy

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 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
Tel: 908-204-3003





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