battery lewis gunPHOTO:  This gun barrel, which is 68 feet long and weighs 120 tons, is almost identical to the 16-inch guns on Battery Lewis during World War II.

HIGHLANDS —  Celebrate Flag Day by joining the Friends of the Parks for a family picnic at Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands.  Held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, this old-fashioned picnic is sponsored by Circus Foodtown of Monmouth County and will feature hot dogs, snacks and other refreshments.   A donation of $2 per person or $5 per family is suggested.  Money raised from this event will go to the efforts to restore this historic site. 

The picnic also celebrates the recent arrival of the historic World War II naval gun from the Battleship New Jersey, a milestone in the ongoing restoration of Battery Lewis.  Now part of Hartshorne Woods Park, Battery Lewis was once a military installation that stood ready to defend the coast.  When restoration is complete, visitors will be able to explore the Battery and learn about its history through exhibits and guided tours.  The Battery Lewis restoration is just one of many Monmouth County Park System projects that has benefited from the Friends of the Parks.