Plainsboro Township’s 31st annual Founders Day celebration will be held on Sunday, May 2, to commemorate the incorporation of the township on May 6, 1919. Billed as a celebration by the community for the community, the event kicks off with a parade through town to the festival grounds at the municipal center.
Participants include marching bands from High Schools North and South, Central Jersey Antique Auto Club, arts and cultural groups, Wicoff and Town Center PTAs, Giant Library Puppets, Plainsboro’s own Town Crier, sports leagues, school clubs, local community groups, organizations, fire, and rescue vehicles. Residents and representatives of community groups present a parade of international flags celebrating Plainsboro’s cultural diversity.
The parade, scheduled to depart from Waters Edge Park on Pond View Drive at 12:30 p.m., will travel Edgemere Avenue to Plainsboro Road, then follow Plainsboro Road to the municipal center. Children who would like to march or ride bikes with the parade may do so by joining the Kids Kaboose at Wicoff School on Parkway Avenue.
Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. and a wide range of activities and live entertainment to follow. Featured performers include Give & Take Jugglers, Mad Science, jazz ensembles from High School South, Jazzercise, high school bands, folk performances by the Plainsboro Chinese School, martial arts demonstrations, and cultural performances. Also, games for children of all ages, make it and take it crafts, environmental activities, and food concessions sponsored by local non-profit groups. Amusements for children include a superslide, radical run, miniature golf, and moon bounce, and older attendees can enjoy giant lawn chess, sports activities, and meteor moon shot.
Founders Day parking will be available at Enterprise Drive across the street from the municipal center. There will be no public parking at the municipal building. Police will be directing traffic and residents are advised that road closings and detours will be in effect in the vicinity of the municipal center throughout the day until 5:15 p.m.
The Founders Day Celebration will be postponed only if it is raining in the morning and forecasted to continue all day. Program changes will be posted on the township line 609-799-0909 and www.plainsboronj.com. The rain date for the festival only is Saturday, May 8. The parade is canceled for inclement weather.
Founders Day, Plainsboro Historical Society, Plainsboro Township Municipal Complex. Sunday, May 2, 12:30 p.m. Ceremonies, activities, live entertainment, and food concessions. Free admission. 609-799-0909. www.plainsboronj.com.