Where can you go to see Fourth of July Fireworks in Union County?
Clark – Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School, 365 Westfield Ave – DJ and vendors in front of town hall beginning at 7:30.
Cranford – Nomahegan Park
Elizabeth – Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront at the intersection of Front Street and Elizabeth Avenue.
Mountainside – Fields behind Our Lady of Lourdes and Deerfield School. Free ice cream for the kids!
Roselle Park – Herm Shaw Field at Roselle Park High School on West Colfax.
Springfield – 5:00 pm rides, petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train ride at Meisel Field; 7:30 concert; fireworks at dusk.
Summit – rides and amusements all day, concert at 7:45, fireworks at 9:15.
Union – Biertuempfel Park concert followed by fireworks at 9:00.
Happy Fourth of July!
Fourth of July this year is a Wednesday and therefore we’re celebrating two holiday weekends!
This weekend, we’re having an indoor barbecue because NJ is in the middle of another heat wave with spotty thunderstorms. On the menu: Barbecued Pulled Pork and Brownies.
For the barbecued pork:
- Put a few sliced onions in the bottom of the crock pot with some salt and pepper and put a pork roast on top.
- Another sliced onion or two on top of that.
- Pour a can of beer and about 2 cups of water over it all.
- This cooks for about 10 hours in the crock pot on low.
- Remove the roast and set it on a cutting board to settle, discarding the remainder of the contents of the crock pot.
- When it’s cool enough to handle, I use my fingers (but I suppose you could use a fork if you’re not into sensory cooking) to pull the roast into shreds and return it to the empty crock pot.
- Add some more chopped onion and a bottle or two of barbecue sauce (I suppose there are purists who make their own sauce, and to them I say, “Share your recipe!).
- Another 2 hours on high and this delicious pulled pork is fantastic on crusty buns.
For easy brownies:
- Mix 2-1/4 cups sugar with 2/3 cups cocoa, 1-1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt in the bowl of your stand mixer.
- Add 3/4 cup margarine and 4 eggs.
- Mix just until blended.
- Add 1/2 cup nuts – pecans, walnuts, whatever (or more, or less – they’re your brownies! Make them the way you want them!) and stir to combine.
- Spread it into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
- Bake 350 degrees for about a half hour. Let the brownies cool in the pan before you slice them.
- For real decadence, serve these brownies with vanilla ice cream!! And chocolate syrup. And whipped cream 🙂