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Parks & Recreation - Charter Day

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Charter Day, scheduled to be held May 16, 2020, is CANCELLED.
Save the date for next year - May 15, 2021.

Coordinated by the Department of Parks & Recreation, Charter Day is an annual event which celebrates the history and 1760 Charter of Bernards Township and showcases community groups, businesses and talent. The event is held on the 3rd Saturday of May from 12pm – 6pm in the Downtown Basking Ridge area.

The event features:

  • a street fair with area businesses, school groups, non-profit organizations, local artisans and food vendors.
  • entertainment including musical and dance performances, demonstrations, strolling magicians and more.
  • a student art exhibit and the Essence of Bernards photography exhibit.
  • historical displays at the Brick Academy.
  • and amusement rides and games for children of all ages.

For more information on the event or performance inquiries, contact the Parks & Recreation Department a 908-204-3003 or Student artwork is collected through the Township’s public schools. To participate in the photography exhibit visit the Parks & Recreation Department’s main page for more information. Our event map and schedule of entertainment is posted in early May.

Interested Vendors: Applications are mailed on/about the first week of February to all prior year participants and those who have submitted a Vendor Interest Form for the current year. Complete application packages cannot be sent or returned via email. Vendor space is limited and does sell out. Applications are accepted on a first come, first paid basis in accordance with residency-based registration start dates. Call 908-204-3003 with questions.