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Charter Day - Looking Forward to 2022!

Charter Day is our annual celebration of the May signing of the Township’s Charter in 1760.  The event brings together thousands of area residents to enjoy history, art and music and visit with our local businesses and community organizations. 

Due the size and interactive nature of this event amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Charter Day 2021 has been cancelled.

This was not an easy decision; however, we remain committed to taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our community.  

We look forward to bringing the community back together next year!

Save the Date:  May 21, 2022

Vendor Information

Applications are mailed on/about the first week of February to all prior year participants and those who have submitted a Vendor Interest Form for the current year.  For the 2022 event this mailing will include all vendors who participated in 2019 or requested to participate in 2020, 2021 and 2022.  If you are not currently on one of those lists, complete and return our vendor information form. 

Complete application packages cannot be sent or returned via email.  Vendor space is limited and sells out quickly!  Applications are accepted on a first come, first paid basis in accordance with residency-based registration start dates.  Call 908-204-3003 with questions. 

Event Information

Coordinated by the Department of Parks & Recreation, Charter Day is an annual event which celebrates the history and 1760 Charter of Bernards Township and showcases community groups, businesses and talent.  The event is held on the 3rd Saturday of May from 12pm – 6pm in the Downtown Basking Ridge area. 

The event features:

  • a street fair with area businesses, school groups, non-profit organizations, local artisans and food vendors.
  • entertainment including musical and dance performances, demonstrations, strolling magicians and more.
  • a student art exhibit and the Essence of Bernards photography exhibit. 
  • historical displays at the Brick Academy.
  • and amusement rides and games for children of all ages.

For more information on the event or performance inquiries, contact the Parks & Recreation Department a 908-204-3003 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Student artwork is collected through the Township’s public schools.  To participate in the photography exhibit visit the Parks & Recreation Department’s main page for more information.  Our event map and schedule of entertainment is posted in early May.