Bernards Township Charter Day

Charter Day Streetfair and Festival

It was a beautiful Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Historic Basking Ridge Village

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Celebrate the 254th anniversary of Bernards Township as we honor the Charter of Bernardston and the founding of Bernards Township. Make your own history by bringing your camera – or smartphone & post pictures of your friends, kids, pets, your festive table or any other Charter Day activities on our community Facebook page! We’re also on Twitter and Instagram. Post and hashtag #btcharterday (see the online album below). Make your own history!

2019 Charter Day Celebration Activities

Saturday May 18, 2019

It’s Time for a Street Festival that Celebrates Our History!

Expect visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebration to reach over 10,000 as the festivities commence with the Town Crier conducting the opening ceremonies on the downtown green at 11am.

Bernards Twp includes Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington. The annual event, coordinated by the Bernards Twp Recreation Department is an annual event that promises to be a fun and festive day with food, games, rides for the kids, local vendors, art displays, service groups and reminders of history all joined together at this annual street fair and festival right in the heart of the Bernards Twp section of downtown Basking Ridge. The celebration started back on May 20, 1995 and has run every year since. The original Charter of Bernardston was signed May 24, 1760.

Charter Day Schedule

  • 12:00 Opening Ceremonies
  • 12:20 Tree House
  • 12:40 The Pettet Sisters
  • 1:20 YMCA Dance
  • 1:40 Inari’s Messengers
  • 2:00 Basking Ridge Indian Community
  • 2:20 Gotta Dance
  • 2:40 The Albrook School
  • 3:00 Chris Aguayo’s Inner Sounds
  • 3:40 Take Flight Dance
  • 4:00 Alan Grant Band

The Henry Street Stage Lineup:

Charter Day Idol

  • 1:00 Dixietones
  • 1:40 Rohan Panjwani
  • 2:20 The Batz
  • 3:00 David & Andrea Lavy
  • 3:40 The Wait
  • 4:00 Awards

There is also an evening concert featuring Little Nikki’s Radio from 6 to 9 p.m.Amusements will be available from 11 .m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Street School Field. Food will be available all day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a shuttle bus will be available at town hall on Collyer Lane and at Ridge High School on Finley Avenue.

Why We Celebrate Charter Day

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Charter Day commemorates the Saturday,May 24, 1760. anniversary of the granting of a township Charter by King George II of England, establishing Bernardston Township. This act was as a courtesy and in appreciation for the services of Sir Francis Bernard, Royal Governor of New Jersey. From January 27, 1758 to July 4, 1760 Sir Francis Bernard, son of a British Reverend was appointed for two years as Royal Governor of New Jersey.

Video: Local high school students try to recite the entire charter of Bernardston.

First Charter Day – May 17,1995 honoring the May 24, 1760 event.


Parking and shuttle bus available at the Municipal Complex on Collyer Lane and Ridge High School. is operated by the Mr. Local History Project to provide information and details as it relates to the history of the Charter of Bernardston, the history of Charter Day, and events sponsored by the Bernards Township Recreation Department and its volunteer organizations.

For additional questions about the Bernards Twp Charter Day Festival or
official information visit
or contact:

Bernards Twp Parks & Recreation Dept.
1 Collyer Lane, Bernards Twp 07920
Tel: 908-204-3003

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