Watching lightning bugs twinkle at night.

Hearing the jingle of an ice cream truck.

Freehold Township Day.

It’s not summer in Monmouth County until you've had these experiences.

The day of festivities is a wonderful tradition near and dear to my heart, and it’s back for 2022!

Freehold Township Day will be held this year on July 9th, as always at Michael J. Tighe Park (65 Georgia Rd Freehold, NJ).

(Allow me to translate for long-time residents: it’s being held at "Liberty Oak Park." If you’re like me, you never truly made the name change in your mind.)

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Any given time at Michael J. Tighe Park is a great way to spend your day, but Freehold Township Day takes it to the next level. Best part? Admission is free!

The event will take place from 4 pm - 11 pm and will include the following:

Kids rides

A live performance by the Phil Engel Band

Food trucks

Local vendors

Fireworks which are set to start at 9 p.m.

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Games

A teen center complete with a DJ

Door prizes

The “Don’t Forget the Vets” car show. $15 to register. All donations help a veteran. The show runs from 3-9 p.m. Registration closes at 6 p.m.

Plus the usual fun of the park, like their various playgrounds!

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If you've never been to Freehold Township Day, you should definitely make this your year to check it out. It was a great part of my childhood and the event has only gotten bigger since then.

Have fun!

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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