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The New Providence Business Community, sponsors and organizers of the July 3 Celebration and Summer Concert Series, regrets to announce that both events have been cancelled this year. The impact on New Providence businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has been huge. Many businesses are struggling to survive. Others are focused on changing their business models and delivery methods to retain staff and customers within the current Executive Order guidelines. All are trying to figure out how to safely reopen when restrictions allow, and have neither the resources to fund nor the time to execute these large events.
“This was not an easy decision to make, but it is just not possible for us to sponsor and manage the upcoming July 3 Celebration or Summer Concert Series this year,” said Michelle Brugger, President of New Providence Business. “Each of these events requires months of planning and large financial sponsorships. The financial burden on the businesses that sponsor the events would be too onerous, and there simply isn’t the manpower available to plan and run these events. Furthermore, although they may change at any time, the current social distancing guidelines would prohibit the gathering of crowds that these events typically draw.”
“We are so grateful for all of the support we are receiving from the community and encourage everyone to continue to patronize our New Providence businesses,” said Brugger. “Our local businesses are finding new and innovative ways to continue to serve you! An updated listing of current businesses offerings, as well as a searchable online Business & Services directory can be found on the Business Community website, www.newprovbiz.com and also the borough website, www.newprov.org. Please help us to remain a part of the community that we love!”
This searchable directory will help you discover all that New Providence has to offer. We have organized this list by category for your convenience. The highlighted merchants are proud members of New Providence Business, which actively supports community events, schools, and local fundraising efforts, making New Providence an outstanding place to live and visit.
During these rapidly changing times, please continue supporting New Providence businesses, even if you cannot visit them physically. Here are some things you can do to continue to support them:
First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the New Providence economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.
The New Providence Street Fair will be held RAIN OR SHINE on Sunday, October 27 from 10 AM – 4 PM on Springfield Ave. between South St. and Livingston Ave. Come join us – it will be fun!
Our fabulous scarecrows are on display throughout the downtown! Come stroll through town, check out the scarecrows, grab something to eat or drink, and visit our fantastic shops and restaurants! Vote for your favorite scarecrow from October 13 through Nov. 2. Spread the word to your family and friends, too! Prizes will be given for First Place ($300), Second Place ($200), and Third Place ($100). Voting ballots and voting boxes are available at these participating downtown businesses.
Due to inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the municipal gym at 360 Elkwood Ave. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket!
New Providence Business is proud to present summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family. The free concert tonight, featuring the 1910 Fruitgum Company, starts at 7 PM and will feature a face painter and magician to entertain the kids.
The last 2018 concert date is:
Tues., August 7 (National Night Out – 6 PM) – Featuring the Elefante Family Band!
This concert coincides with National Night Out and and includes additional activities presented by the New Providence Police, Fire, and EMS (starting at 6 PM). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the evening. If rain prevents an outside performance, it will be held inside in the municipal gym.
The New Providence Fireworks, originally scheduled for July 3, is rescheduled for TONIGHT, Thursday, July 5. The festivities on South Street begin at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. South Street will be closed from Gales Drive to Springfield Ave. starting at approximately 6:30 PM.
The event includes entertainment by DJ Souren of Club Souren on South Street. There will be “Chalk on South” (kids of all ages can get a free “bucket” of chalk to create art and messages on the street), free giveaways, and lots of fun for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks. Please check www.newprov.org or www.newprovbiz.com for any further updates.
The fireworks were made possible by the donation from event sponsor, Investors Bank. The event is also sponsored by Accent Printing, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Colonial Appliance, Hair Salon Body & Soul, Kapuscinski Luongo Architects, Martial Arts for Life, NJ Sharing Network, NP Downtown Improvement District, Souren Communications (sponsoring Club Souren DJ), Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and New Providence Business, which sponsors the Summer Concerts, Street Fair, Downtown Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Stroll, the Holiday Festival, and other community events.