With summer coming to an end, here's everything you can do in Morris County this Labor Day Weekend.
|Updated Fri, Sep 1, 2023 at 12:36 pm ET
MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — Labor Day signifies the unofficial end of summer for many, so it's no surprise that people want to make the most of this long weekend before vacations end and school resumes.
From carnivals to parades, here's everything that is going on in Morris County over this Labor Day weekend.
The Mendham Pastime Club Annual Labor Day Carnival:
The annual carnival is scheduled to return on Sept. 1 at Mendham Borough Park. Running through Labor Day, rides, games, food, prizes and fireworks are all part of the planned fun.
The carnival is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. The Mendham Borough parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, is another important part of the weekend's celebrations.
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After that, at 11 a.m., the final day of the carnival begins, and it ends abruptly at 10:30 p.m., just after a nightcap of fireworks.
The parade theme this year is Mendham Heroes, and the grand marshals are two local WWII veterans, Pietro "Pete" Cillo and William Fleming. One of the biggest draws of the four-day celebration is the 50/50 raffle, which culminates in a drawing on Labor Day evening.
Tickets are $5, and the prize pool has grown to over $50,000 in recent years. Last year’s winner won $35,515, making him the largest prize winner in the club's history.
This year's entertainment lineup features Carnaby Street Band, a New Jersey-based band that specializes in 60s music showcasing the British Invasion. They will perform at the Borough Park "Andrew Fletcher" Gazebo after the parade at 11 a.m.
Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Weekend Carnival and Parade:
The Boonton Fire Department is hosting its Labor Day Weekend Carnival at Boonton High School, which began on Thursday, Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 3.
The carnival is open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday, and from 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
Three more days of carnival excitement await with exhilarating rides for people of all ages, loads of great food, carnival games and prizes, live entertainment every night, a Super 50/50 lottery, fireworks and much more.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2. The Boonton Fire Department has had an inspection and parade on Labor Day Weekend for the past 86 years.
The parade will begin in West Boonton and travel along Main Street to Grant Street, Old Boonton Road, and finally to Boonton High School. The procession assembly location will be accessed via Morris Avenue at the intersection with Rockaway Street.
On Sunday, Sept. 3, fireworks will commence at 10 p.m., followed by a 50/50 lottery drawing at 10:30 p.m. A family seating area will be available, so bring your blankets and snuggle up for the show.