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Bayonne inauguration, festivities, and fireworks planned for July 1

The event will commemorate Mayor James Davis and his council slate being sworn in

Mayor James Davis is sworn in for a second term back in 2018. Photo courtesy of Davis.

Inaugural Chair Jamie Davis, Bayonne’s First Lady, has announced plans for the municipal inauguration, related events, and Independence Day fireworks that will take place on Friday, July 1.

“The 2022 Inaugural Committee and several municipal departments are working together on a day of ceremonies and entertainment that will celebrate the City of Bayonne and American Independence,” Davis said. “We invite the people of Bayonne to come together on this special day.”

The day’s public events will begin with an Inaugural Mass at St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m. St. Henry’s is located across the street from City Hall at 28th Street and Avenue C. The Municipal Inauguration is scheduled for the Bayonne High School Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. The auditorium is located at 30th Street and Avenue A.

At that event, Mayor James Davis, Council Member At-Large Loyad Booker, Jr., Council Member At-Large Juan M. Perez, First Ward Council Member Neil J. Carroll III, Second Ward Council Member Jacqueline Weimmer, and Third Ward Council Member Gary LaPelusa, Sr. will take their oaths of office. The inaugural ceremonies will also feature speeches by elected officials, prayers by local clergy, and musical entertainment.

Festivities in 16th Street Park

Weather permitting, the festivities will continue at the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street at 6 p.m. The park is located on West 16th Street between Avenue A and Newark Bay.

The celebration at the park will include free children’s rides, musical entertainment, and fireworks. There will also be pay-as-you-go food trucks.

The food trucks and children’s rides will be available beginning at 6 p.m. The rides will shut down at 8 p.m.

The food trucks will continue operating throughout the evening. Music will be provided by Just Jammin’ from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Just Jammin’ is an all-female New Jersey band that specializes in music from the 1960’s and later decades.

Garden State Fireworks will launch fireworks at darkness or approximately 9:15 p.m. A safety perimeter will be established around the fireworks.

For the evening events at the park on July 1, chairs will not be provided. Please bring your own chairs.

Shuttles and rain date

Due to the large crowds that are expected for the fireworks, residents are urged to park in municipal parking lots located around the Broadway business district. Shuttle bus service will be provided from Church Lane and East 24 th Street to DiDomenico-16 th Street Park between 6:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Return shuttle bus service from the park will take place immediately after the fireworks and will return passengers to Church Lane.

The swearing-in ceremony and the Inaugural Mass will take place rain or shine. The Inaugural Mass, the swearing-in ceremonies, and the celebration in DiDomenico-16th Street Park are all open to the public.

Taken together, all of the events involve mobilizing several municipal departments. In the interests of efficiency, all of the events have been scheduled for the same day, weather permitting.

In the event of inclement weather, after 3 p.m. call 201-471-7590, or visit leaguelineup.com/bayonnerec, or view the City of Bayonne’s Facebook page to check on the status of the evening celebration. If inclement weather were to occur, the fireworks and celebration at the DiDomenico-16th Street Park would be moved to Wednesday, July 6, with the same hours and shuttle transportation information listed above. Garden State Fireworks is available to do a show on the back-up date.

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