Trenton, NJ – New Jersey is celebrating its 350th birthday, and you’re invited! On June 22nd from 11:00 am-5:00 pm a family festival called NJ350: A Capital Celebration will take place at the Capital Complex in Trenton with an array of arts and history activities and attractions for people of all ages, as well as food and beverages from local vendors. The event is the first of its kind and festivities will span the length of the Capital Complex, from the State Museum to the Old Barracks, including the State House.
“The arts and history are so tightly interwoven in the fabric of Trenton that a family festival here on the Capitol Complex should be both a fun and fitting celebration of New Jersey’s 350th birthday,” remarks Christian Martin from the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA). The TDA fills an instrumental role in the planning and implementation of the day which also includes vendors from their regular Farmer’s Markets in addition to specially invited food trucks offering traditional festival menus.
Festival offerings include a customized line-up of live, outdoor theater and music performances, specialized history tours, exhibitions, and interactive programming at the State House, the NJ State Museum, the State Archives, Petty’s Run, and the Old Barracks Museum. On-site for the day will be the acclaimed New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, and a NJ 350 Film Series at the State Museum auditorium will feature great New Jersey films and filmmakers from Thomas Edison to Zach Braff. A highlight of the afternoon is a must-see State House Rotunda exhibition of the original 1664 land grant – or New Jersey’s birth certificate – that created our state as we now know it.
A detailed list of the day’s programs and performances will be made available on www.officialnj350.com. For more information or to volunteer, please contact festival coordinator Colleen Finnegan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Event is rain or shine. NJ350: A Capital Celebration is made possible by several supporters and partners and led by the TDA and Passage Theatre Company. Support for the festival is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the New Jersey Historical Commission. The event is part of a year-long celebration of New Jersey’s 350 years of Innovation, Diversity, and Liberty. For more information about New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, to read the official blog, and to find celebratory events near you, visit www.officialnj350.com.