The Newark Days Celebration annually has around 100,000 visitors which makes it a great opportunity for vendors!
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The centerpiece of the Newark Days Celebration is the carnival. There are rides for all ages, and you can test you skill with a variety of classic carnival games. The carnival is open at 5pm on Thursday and Friday and opens at 11am over the weekend.
The hometown parade takes place at 10am on Saturday. The route starts near City Hall and goes down Newark Blvd before turning on Cedar Blvd and finishing by MacGregor school. Interested participants can find the application above.
Take a tour around the globe with delicious food, drinks, snacks, and desserts sold by dozens of local vendors. Limited covered seating is available along with a Beer and Wine pavilion. Interested in selling food at Newark Days? See the food and game booth application above.
Arts, Crafts, and Trade Faire
Local artisans and businesses come together to showcase their craft, including a petting zoo and pony rides! The Faire takes place from 10-5 on the weekend. Interested vendors can find the application above.
The main stage presents a collection of local talent bringing live entertainment to Newark Days Friday-Sunday, no tickets needed! The lawn stage has kid focused acts that are fun for the whole family throughout the weekend! See the full line up on the Schedule page
Proud to be Newark’s only road race, just $15 gets you entry into this Newark classic which includes a free t-shirt and finisher medal. The Saturday morning route takes runners along Cedar and Newark Boulevards to see who will be crowned the fastest man and woman in Newark!
See the Newark Mile website for full details.
Held on Saturday in the Community Center Park, visit this showcase of classic cars and trucks. For those interested in participating, find the registration form above. There are awards for the winners across several categories!
Friday night at 6PM there is a special themed kids event. Past events have been a haystack coin hunt and an under the sea treasure hunt. Also, visit the Kids Crafts Booth over the weekend to make theme related crafts! These activities are free!
This approximately 50 meter race is intended for kids not yet confident in running the full Newark Mile 4K. Arrive at 8:15am on Saturday at Race HQ near the corner of Cedar Blvd. and Chapman Dr.) to participate. Participation is free and no registration is needed.
Newark Days celebrates Newark’s birthday, and what’s a birthday without a cake? Come on Sunday to get your free slice and sing Happy Birthday! The birthday bash drawing also takes place here, and you must be present to win. Get your free tickets at the Arts, Crafts, & Trade Faire.
Taking place on Sunday, this Faire showcases services offered by local government and non profit organizations. In order to participate, submit the registration form above.
The annual coloring contest lets kids show off their artistic skills! Download this year’s image above to participate. The top 3 in each age group get prizes and the winners are invited to ride in the parade!
The City of Newark has been celebrating its birthday, September 22, 1955 – annually since incorporation. Over 200 volunteers come together to make this a truly wonderful annual celebration.
A parade was at the heart of it – and old-timers remember when the City’s first Mayor, George Silliman’s car broke down and he walked the parade route down Thornton Avenue. Members of the Newark Chamber of Commerce – who later turned the festivities over to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, planned the early years of what is now called Newark Days. In the 60’s – a group called “Newark Birthday Celebration” was formed. The weekend events were held on the Newark Pavilion grounds, in the Newark High School auditorium, and of course, in the Thornton Avenue parade.
The “Newark Birthday Celebration” dissolved at the end of the ’60s and for several years – the only celebration commemorating the City’s birthday was put on in Newark Community Park by the Newark Recreation Department – a one-day event with games and a birthday cake. In 1972 Shirley Sisk ran for City Council and in walking door-to-door during the campaign, the predominant question was – “when is the Newark birthday celebration coming back?”. Shirley and her husband Frank had volunteered and worked with the old “Newark Birthday Celebration”, so in the Summer of 1972, a meeting was called to see if there were enough volunteers to plan an event for that September. Interest was high and “Newark Days Celebration” was formed. The Newark Rotary offered to bring in a carnival and the committee put together food booths and games at the Pavilion. The weekend was a huge success.
The next step was to form a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation: Newark Days Celebration Inc. The original signers were: William & Bonnie Chivers, Robert Jaeger (Executive Director of the Newark Chamber of Commerce), Barbara Lane, Marilyn Rogers, Frank & Shirley Sisk, and John Fulgaro. From that small step, Newark Days has grown from a weekend event to 4 days centered in the Newark Community Park & Community Center as well as the adjacent MacGregor School Grounds. However, Newark Days maintains it’s volunteer spirit with an all volunteer Board of Directors and organizing committee. The parade now goes down Newark Blvd, and ends on Cedar Blvd, a much longer walk if a car breaks down!