2022 Freedom Festival Thursday, June 30 - Saturday, July 2
UPDATE: Based on the forecast of thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and into the evening on Saturday, July 2, the Freedom Festival will be closed on Saturday and the fireworks show and final day of the festival will be held on the rain date of Sunday, July 3. The Freedom Festival parade will still be on as scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2.
The Randolph Freedom Festival will open this Thursday, June 30 and run through Saturday, July 2, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. each evening at the County College of Morris.
This three-day festival will again showcase live music, amusements, carnival games, great food, fireworks, and an expanded beer garden with beer, wine and hard seltzer. Enjoy your favorite festival food -- funnel cake, fried Oreos, sausage and peppers, hot dogs, and ice cream. Bring your family and friends to the County College of Morris and enjoy an evening of family entertainment.
We received a last-minute cancellation from our long-time ride vendor, but we were able to engage FunTime Entertainment, who will be providing a variety of family-friendly amusements, including a mechanical bull and rock-climbing wall.
Each night we will have live music entertainment, a variety of food trucks and food vendors, a beer garden, carnival games, knockerball, and axe-throwing. Thursday night will feature a classic car show and Friday will feature a vintage baseball game. The spectacular fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd, with a raindate of Sunday, July 3rd.
Please be aware that smoking and pets are not allowed on the CCM campus. Anyone found violating these policies will be asked to leave the campus.
Thursday, June 30 Freedom Festival
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Classic car show, amusements, games, food, music, beer garden and vendors.
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.—Stereo Junkies performing live!
Friday, July 1 Freedom Festival
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Vintage baseball game, amusements, games, food, music, beer garden and vendors.
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.—Total Zeros performing live!
Saturday, July 2 Parade Day
Kicks off at 10:00 a.m.
Parade route from Dover Chester Road & Quaker Church Road (Mt. Fern Church) to the County College of Morris.
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Amusements, games, food, music, beer garden and vendors.
Starts at 9:45 p.m.
DJ Nick 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The best show in Morris County!
$5 donation per car.
The parade marches rain or shine, and will only be cancelled if there is an electrical storm. If the fireworks are cancelled on July 2nd, the rain date will be July 3rd. If the Freedom Festival is cancelled on July 2nd, the rain date will be July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. In the case of questionable weather, check the township home page for updates.
Sponsored by the Randolph Kiwanis Club in partnership with Randolph Township
A Vietnam Veteran’s Experience Bringing the Moving Wall to His Hometown
Posted: June 16, 2022
It was a long journey to bring the Moving Wall to Randolph, but for Vietnam Veteran Emerson Crooks it will be well worth it.
“I am so happy and so pleased for this community to bring the names of people like Mike Poliquin and the rest of the five squad members I lost in one night on August 19th. We’re going to be right here in my own neighborhood. That’s very impactful, and impactful to me.”
The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC that has been traveling the country since 1984 as a means of bringing the experience to those who can’t go to Washington. Crooks first embarked on his mission of bringing the wall to Randolph five years ago with support from his comrades at VFW Post 7333. One of the big advocates for the program was fellow Veteran Jack Sassaman, who was post commander supporting Crooks with his vision of making the project a reality.
Unfortunately, Sassamann passed away in 2020 and the pandemic began, at which point Crooks started to feel like he was hitting a metaphorical wall. But he was determined to see it through. While chatting with Senator Anthony Bucco last year he was offered some words of encouragement. Soon after, he attended another stop for the Wall and without telling anyone, signed their Post 7333 to be a sponsor. When they discovered this, he reassured them, “Don’t worry-we have Senator Bucco!” With VFW Post 7333 Vice Commander Bill Menzel now leading as program chairperson, the project pressed on.
Coordinating the program has been a huge undertaking that involves widespread community support. The County College of Morris (CCM) will be the hosting location for the event taking place from Thursday, July 7th until Monday, July 11, 2022. Senator Bucco was instrumental in getting CCM and many others involved.
“It really is an honor and a privilege to be able to do this for our veterans and gives us the opportunity to do something for you after what you have done for us and for this country,” stated CCM President Dr. Anthony Iacono during a press conference held on March 9th.
In his closing remarks of a speech he gave at the press conference, Crooks said, “I speak at schools sometimes and I tell the young people I visit the Wall every year with my Veteran comrades. I go to the Vietnam Wall and there’s a lot of people there… a big crowd. I go over to the WWII (memorial) and it’s less. And then I go to the WWI (memorial) and there’s no one. And what I say to the kids, I say I come to you and I plead to you that don’t let what happens to WWI Memorial happen to the Vietnam Memorial. Not everyone has a chance to go to DC to see it, so the reason we bring it here is so the children in the neighborhood and all the folks in the neighborhood can see it. And see how emotional, how dramatic (it is). When you look at the names on there, next time you go to Giants stadium… and there’s 60 or 70,000 people, you look around. That equates to what’s on that wall. That’s a lot of people.”
The Moving Wall program is being funded and staffed entirely by donations and volunteers. Supporting organizations include Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America, Randolph Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club of Randolph, the Randolph Township Police Department, the Morris County Commissioners, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the American Red Cross, Lake Hopatcong Elks #782, Catholic Charities USA, Warriors’ Watch Riders, and the NJ State Legislature.
2022 Road Resurfacing Program
Posted: June 6, 2022
Randolph Township evaluates the condition of the road system on an annual basis as part of its ongoing road maintenance program.
This evaluation program is a collaborative effort between the engineering and public works departments. The program takes into account the perspectives of both departments and synthesizes the input received into a comprehensive annual evaluation of the township road system.
This program tracks all of the 154 center line miles of township roadways.
The funding for this year is similar to last year, allowing for approximately the same amount of miles of roadway maintenance. Eighteen roads, or 5 miles, are scheduled for resurfacing. As in past years, if funds are available after the roads scheduled for resurfacing have been completed, additional roads could be added prior to the end of the year.
Milling of the following roads is tentatively scheduled to begin August 3, 2022, weather permitting. Residents living on these roads who were interested in tying into underground utilities should have done so by now.
Washington Valley Road
Entire length south of Sussex Turnpike
Knights Bridge Drive
Rock Ledge Road
Musiker Avenue/west to Blanchard Court
Deneb Road to Olde York Road
Center Grove Road to Melanie Lane
Concord Road to Dogwood Trail
Mt Pleasant Turnpike
Route 10 to Appio Drive
Old Chimney Road
If you have questions, please call the engineering office at 973.989.7069.
Solicitation in Randolph Township
Posted: June 3, 2022
It has come to our attention that there have been people soliciting in Randolph who have not gone through the proper steps to obtain a solicitor’s permit.
We have received reports that these people have approached homes on the No Solicitation List maintained by the township, and they have been rather aggressive and inappropriate with their requests/comments to our residents.
If you encounter these solicitors, please be sure to get the name of the company and the person. Immediately call the Randolph Police Department’s non-emergency number, 973.989.7000 and choose “dispatch” to report the solicitation.
There are currently six solicitor permits issued in Randolph. They are required to obtain the township’s No Solicitation List each day that they are soliciting in Randolph. Occasionally these solicitors do not follow the rules and they approach homes that are on the list. Residents may want to “remind” those solicitors that they should be respecting the No Solicitation List.