Bridgewater

Bridgewater Township is located in the center of Somerset County, New Jersey, on 32.68 square miles.  At the 2010 Census there were 44,464 people, 16,111 households, and 12,035 families residing in the township.

Bridgewater is a modern and diverse suburban municipality with a balance of residential and commercial uses. Home to 20 parks, offering 3600 acres of public and private recreation, Blue Ribbon schools, job opportunities in national and international pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and numerous well-known shopping venues, Bridgewater offers a comfortable and convenient lifestyle for its residents.

Tradition holds that it was at the Middlebrook encampment that the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. By special order of Congress, a Thirteen Star Flag is flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Camp Ground, part of the former Middlebrook encampment, in Bridgewater. Since 1889, the first hoisting of the flag is commemorated annually each July 4 with a changing of the flag, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the delivery of an historical address.

Photo: Thirteen Star flag at Washington Camp Ground, flies 24/7 by act of Congress, Bridgewater, NJ, 2005 Author:ekem

Bridgewater is part of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, which serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Bridgewater and Raritan Borough. All of the schools in the district are in Bridgewater except for Kennedy, which is in Raritan.  

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