Trenton, NJ – On June 24, 2014, New Jersey will celebrate 350 years of officially being named “New Jersey,” and citizens from all over the Garden State are invited to mark the occasion by ringing bells, blowing horns, or joining in this communal celebration at noon on that day in any way that they find appropriate.
Assistant Secretary of State Carol Cronheim described the planned activities further: “We’re inviting all religious organizations, schools, colleges and universities, community centers, and local governments to ring their bells at noon for a full minute to join in our statewide celebration. Many organizations are planning to ring their bells, while those without bells will be celebrating in other creative ways, even ringing virtual bells online.”
Groups are also encouraged to take photographs of their activities and post them on the Facebook page for New Jersey 350th. You can access Facebook and Twitter accounts for the celebration through the anniversary website, www.officialnj350.com.
The 350th anniversary celebration commemorates the 1664 land grant to John, Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, whose ancestral home was the Isle of Jersey. The state was named “New Cesarea, or New Jersey,” in honor of Carteret’s loyal service to the royal family. In preparation, the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is coordinating commemorative activities and working with partners all over the state to develop programming that explores and celebrates the many contributions of the Garden State to the nation and the world. For this anniversary three themes have been identified to reflect much of what makes New Jersey so special: Innovation, Diversity, and Liberty.
For more information about the NJ350 activities, visit the anniversary website at www.officialnj350.com, or contact the New Jersey Historical Commission at 609-292-6062.