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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!

Celebrate Bernards Township's
255th Anniversary
MAY 16, 2015

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Street Fair 11am-5pm
Rides 11am-6pm
Entertainment – 11am-10pm

Basking Ridge Charter Day Street Festival

Charter Day Activities Update-

  • The Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner Fire Companies and First Aid squads will have vehicles on display. The Basking Ridge Fire Company will also be selling cotton candy during the street fair and glow novelties during... the evening concert.
  • Entertainment begins at noon with the opening ceremonies on the main stage and continues all day and into the evening. Located at the intersection of Finley Avenue and Oak Street, the Main Stage features musical theater performances by students and local groups, pipe bands, choirs, dance troupes and demonstrations.
  • The evening concert starts at 7 p.m until 10 p.m.
  • A Battle of the Bands on the Henry Street Stage, at Oak Street School, will feature nine local bands comprised of middle school and high school students. The Battle begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with the awards presentation at 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
  • Westminster Hall, at the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, will again feature our Student Art Show and Photography Competition exhibit. The hall will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view the art on display from local students.
  • The Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Photography Competition entries will also be on display. The Brick Academy, located just off the town green, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by to see historical exhibits, including the new schoolhouse on the top floor. Gifts and keepsakes will be available for sale.
  • Rides, inflatable amusements and carnival games will entertain children of all ages on the Oak Street School field from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Strolling entertainers can be found all throughout the event.
  • Parking is available at Ridge High School located at 268 South Finley Ave. and the Bernards Township Municipal Building located at 1 Collyer Lane.
  • A free shuttle bus will make frequent stops throughout the day to bring passengers to the fair.

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 the areas including Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington.

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 for the entire day celebrating it's 203rd birthday. 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.

Close Down the Streets -
It's Time for a Festival!

Here Yea...Here YeaThis will be Bernards Township's 19th annual Charter Day Festival 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.

The Brick Academy will be open from 11am-5pm. Stop by to see new exhibits, the 1800's schoolhouse top floor.
New gifts and keepsakes for the kids.
Just off the Town Green.

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: June Kennedy (pictured)

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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