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Bernards Township Charter Day Street Fair and Festival #mrlocalhistory


May 16 2020


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CANCELLED – Bernards Township Charter Day Festival – May 16, 2020


Charter Day Streetfair and Festival

Get ready for a fun filled street fair and festival on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in the Historic Basking Ridge Village

Be Part of the Fun. Add Your Photos to the Charter Day Instagram Wall – ADD #btcharterday

Saturday, May 16, 2020 – 12am – 6pm
Rain or Shine

Celebrate the 255th 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!



Charter Day Schedule

  • 12:00 Opening Ceremonies
  • Rest of schedule to be posted in April.

The Henry Street Stage Lineup:

Charter Day Idol

  • 1:00 Start
  • 4:00 Awards

There is also an evening concert 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 do we celebrate the Charter of Bernardston?


This is a tale of three Charters in New Jersey that make for a great “what happened” story. Let’s first talk about what a Charter is. A Charter is a document, typically signed by the King of England granting rights to a particular area of land to a prospective Governor (or overseer).  We have Bedminster NJ, Bridgewater NJ, and Bernards Township (Bernardston) NJ that are of interest because it seems that all three monumental documents were destroyed by fire, never to be seen again…or were they? Learn More


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:

Booth Space:

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

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