With the new addition of fireworks to what already is a huge draw for Warren residents, this Saturday's planned 6th annual Warren Yuletide Bonfire & Fireworks Winter Festival again is set to be a red letter day on the calendar of many in the community.
"We are all ready to go and very excited," Warren Recreation Eleanora Hermann said on Wednesday. She said a huge turnout is expected for this year, no matter what the weather.
Along with the debut of fireworks toward the end of the evening, this year will include a special performance by Take Flight Dance Center of Millington, Hermann added.
The event is scheduled to be held on from 6 to about 9 p.m. on Saturday on the grounds behind behind the municipal complex at 46 Mountain Blvd.
Rain date is the following Saturday, Jan. 25.
Hermann said that if the bonfire is canceled for this Saturday because of rain or too much snow, the news will be posted on www.weatherclosings.com at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
She said that overflow parking for the event across Mountain Boulevard at the Cooper Jewelers and PNC bank parking lots.
Parking for handicapped visitors will be at the Watchung Hills No. 2252 Elks Club at 1 Elks Trail (Bardy Road Extention) in Warren, Hermann said. She said the Warren fire department then will bus those residents to the main site.
The side lot at the municipal complex will be set up for one-way driving, so visitors are asked to be careful and look for signs, she said.
The weather may not allow ice skating, but if it snows in the morning there will be sledding on the property for those who bring sleds. Not sure if you mentioned Stone Crest Church will have stargazing behind the snack shack.
volunteers can signup online www.wtrec.ivolunteer.com/bonfire.
Linda Palumbo, administrative assistant for the township recreation department said it was estimated that up to a thousand people attended the popular community event over the course of the evening.
The Warren Fire Department will light the bonfire, and Garden State Fireworks is scheduled to begin the fireworks at about 8:45 p.m., Palumbo said.
Admission is free, and free hot chocolate, snacks and donuts have been donated, she said.
The event has many sponsors and contributors, including Chubb as primary sponsor, and The Learning Experience, Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club and the Warren Lions Club as marquee partners.
The updated agenda for the evening provided by the township is here.