Festive celebration: Westfield Rocks the 4th makes annual return to Grand Park


Westfield is gearing up for another festive Fourth of July at Grand Park that will feature live music, hotdog and watermelon eating contests and fireworks show that will light up the sky with dazzling colors and displays.

The city will present Westfield Rocks the 4th from 3 to 10 p.m. that will feature an assortment of food vendors, carnival games for kids and other activities for the public, said Kayla Arnold, director of Westfield Welcome. A DJ will perform, while bands Endless Summer and The Fun Factor Band will perform live music.

Kids music featuring Milk the Music Man, a watermelon eating contest and a magic show will also be part of the festivities, Arnold said. The watermelon eating contest, which begins at 6 p.m., is on a first-come, first-served walk-up basis.

A Kids Zone will feature plenty of activities for children, including inflatables. Carnival games and prizes for all participants are among the new additions this year. Wristbands are required for attendees 4 and older and can be obtained online or at the event for $10 each.

“Westfield Rocks the 4th gets bigger and bigger each year. We love to welcome residents and visitors alike to this special community event to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday,” Arnold said. “We hope you can join us for what is sure to be another spectacular year.”

This year’s celebration will be a one-day event. In previous years, it has typically been spread out over two days, according to Arnold. A fireworks display is set to begin around 10 p.m.

“Citizens Energy Group is pleased to once again be the presenting sponsor of Westfield Rocks the 4th,” said Jeffrey Harrison, president and CEO of Citizens Energy Group.

On July 4, Westfield Rocks the 4th will feature a hotdog eating contest for adults. Registration is available by visiting westfieldwelcome.com/westfield-4th.

Arnold said planning for the annual event has been ongoing since last year and visitors can expect to see plenty of colors to light the sky with fireworks from Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics, which is putting on this year’s fireworks display.

“I think our fireworks show sets us apart from other fireworks in the area,” Arnold said. “It’s a spectacular display and they do a wonderful job.”

Arnold said Westfield Rocks the 4th is a family-friendly event with plenty to offer with retail vendors and area nonprofits that are planning to attend. Visitors can also expect to see plenty of food trucks ranging from Frank’s Frank Hot Dog, Kona Ice and Ribs Express and new food options that will include Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Fundae’s Ice Cream & Sweets and Queso’s Taco Truck, according to Arnold.

“This is a community event that has grown considerably since it started,” she said. “It’s a great day, (a great) activity, (a great) evening for families to come out and get together and just have a fun day in Westfield.”

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Children enjoy a previous Westfield Rocks the 4th event at Grand Park. (File photo)

Schedule of events

Main Stage Entertainment

  • DJ Joe Filipow – 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Endless Summer – 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Hot Dog Eating Contest – 7:15 p.m.
  • The Fun Factor Band – 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Fireworks Display – Approximately 10 p.m.

Kids Stage Entertainment

  • Mik the Music Man – 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Kids Watermelon Eating Contest – 6 p.m.
  • Magic Show – 6:45 to :15 p.m.
  • Milk the Music Man – 7:15 to 8 p.m.
  • Magic Show – 8 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Milk the Music Man – 8:30 to 10 p.m.

More information: westfieldwelcome.com/westfield-4th