Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Visit www.sonj.org for more information.
Want to push the button to set off the fireworks display at this year’s Freedom & Fireworks Festival? Make a $20 donation to Special Olympics New Jersey and you’ll be eligible for the opportunity to take the stage and ceremoniously start one of largest fireworks displays in New York/New Jersey! The 20 minute display, which will be visible from locations in Jersey City and the west side of Manhattan will be performed by the nationally-acclaimed fireworks entertainment company, Fireworks by Grucci.
ABOUT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY 5K:
Before the barbecues, parades and fireworks, participants in the Statue of Liberty 5k have the opportunity to kick-off their 4th of July at one of America’s most iconic landmarks. The run, which is the only official race around the Statue of Liberty, is a celebration of the nation’s birthday and a showcase of the spirit of philanthropy, as all proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. The race is capped at 500 participants and runners must raise a minimum of $100 for the opportunity to run or walk. Check-in begins at 5:30am at Liberty State Park, and runners will be transported to Liberty Island on a private ferry provided by Statue Cruises. Race time is 7:15am. The first public ferry does not arrive at the Statue until 9:00am, giving runners time to visit the island without a large crowd. The Statue of Liberty 5k is organized by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is the largest grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics New Jersey. For more information visit www.liberty5k.org.