TRENTON, N.J. – The Trenton Downtown Association is having a festival to celebrate New Jersey’s 350th birthday and the State Museum is joining in the birthday fun. NJ350: A Capital Celebration, a free, family-friendly festival is being held on June 22nd from 11:00am-5:00pm, rain or shine, at the Capitol Complex on West State Street, Trenton. The event will feature live music, performances, and an array of activities for people of all ages, plus food vendors and festivities will span the length of the Capital Complex, from the State Museum to the Old Barracks, including the State House.
As part of the celebration, the New Jersey State Museum will be hosting a number of special events and programs, including:
The festival will also include live, outdoor theater and music performances in front of the Museum, interactive programming at the State House, a gallery walk through the Civil War flag collection at the State Archives, and programing at Petty’s Run and the Old Barracks Museum. On-site for the day will also be the acclaimed New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum. One of the highlights of the day 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.
According to Christian Martin of the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA), the lead event organizers, “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.” The TDA is assisting in the planning and implementation of the festival, which includes vendors from their regular Farmers’ Markets in addition to specially invited food trucks such as Polkadot Cupcake Truck.
For a detailed list of the day’s programs and performances visit www.officialnj350.com. For more information or to volunteer, please contact festival coordinator Colleen Finnegan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJ350: A Capital Celebration is made possible by several supporters and partners and led by the Trenton Downtown Association 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. Partner organizations include the New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey State Archives, New Jersey State Library, New Jersey Office of Legislative Services, and the Old Barracks Museum. 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.
About the New Jersey State Museum
Established in 1895, the New Jersey State Museums serves the life-long educational needs of residents and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, programs, publications and scholarships in science, history and the arts. Within a broad context, the Museum explores the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past and present. The New Jersey State Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4:45 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and all state holidays. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at www.statemuseum.nj.gov or call the recorded information line at (609) 292-6464. On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum. Please visit www.trentonparking.com for a number of options for parking in downtown Trenton during the week.