SADDLE BROOK, N.J.– A free picnic for Saddle Brook residents is being revived on Saturday, Aug. 27 as part of the township's year-long 300th anniversary celebration.
The tricentennial picnic takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and features activities for people of all ages. It will be set up at county park on Saddle River Road in the Otto C. Pehle section.
"We're inviting everyone to enjoy a day of community togetherness," said 300th Anniversary Committee Chairman and Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler. "Not only are we celebrating the 300th anniversary, but we're going to use this as a model for an annual picnic from here on out."
The picnic was an annual tradition that was put on hold and is being renewed, Kugler said.
There will be plenty of food vendors, food trucks and entertainment, with special games and activities for children, including a face painter and dunk tank with first responders and elected officials in the hot seat.
Sponsors and civic organizations will be on hand to support the event and discuss their role in the community, and anniversary t-shirts will be for sale.
The Mayor's Health Walk is at 9 a.m. and participants who register get a complimentary t-shirt.
"It's to promote a healthy lifestyle," Kugler said, adding the walk consists of three times around the lake.
The free picnic is open to residents only. When people check-in they will have to show proof of residency. Each person will get coupons/tickets for food.
The township's 300th anniversary festivities have been ongoing since the beginning of the year with social media outreach, historical compilations, trivia and ongoing events like a pancake breakfast, pizza party, youth poster contest and more.
The rain date is Aug. 28.