Rutgers’ 250th Birthday • November 10, 2016
Our yearlong 250th Anniversary commemoration that featured hundreds of events culminated with the celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Birthday on November 10, 2016. To mark the occasion, the Rutgers community and friends joined in engaging lectures by our many distinguished alumni, watched fireworks displays, and enjoyed birthday cupcakes and more activities at our locations in Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Piscataway.
A Day of Revolutionary Thinking
a Universitywide Celebration
Students gathered from 4 to 6:10 p.m. for the Rutgers 250 Birthday Celebration at Deiner Park in New Brunswick. Hosted by the Division of Student Affairs, guests enjoyed music, food, inflatables, giveaways, and fireworks. Students received commemorative T-shirts.
At 5 p.m., the Rutgers University–Newark community joined in the Student Birthday Celebration at the Golden Dome Athletic Center and tennis courts in Newark. Hosted by the Chancellor’s Office, the festivities featured music, snacks, games, and giveaways.
Ceremony at Old Queens, Bells Ring In our Host Communities
Community bells in Rutgers’ host communities rang at these locations:
- Camden: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
- Newark: St. Lucy's Church and The National Shrine of St. Gerard
- New Brunswick: Christ Church Episcopal, First Reformed Church, St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick, and Rutgers' Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
- Piscataway: Christ United Methodist Church, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, and Saint Moses and Anba Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church
Beaming with Rutgers Pride
At sunset, local landmarks were awash in scarlet and illuminated, including the iconic Empire State Building in New York City, the Old Queens building at Rutgers’ historic campus in New Brunswick, the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center in Piscataway, and the Gateway Pavilion in Camden. See photo highlights.
At 6 p.m., crowds gathered to watch fireworks displays set to an eclectic soundtrack at these locations:
Camden: Gateway and quad across from 330 Cooper Street
- Newark: Golden Dome Athletic Center and tennis court in view of Bradley Hall; upper floors of Stanley Bergen Building
- New Brunswick: Deiner Park; vantage points with a view of the skyline above the Raritan River; on the big screen at The Yard on College Avenue.
Related Link: “A Rutgers Celebration for the Ages” (Rutgers Today, 11/14/2016)
Watch a video of the simultaneous fireworks displays in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick: