Fireworks & Fourth of July Celebrations In & Around Princeton!

In America, the Fourth of July is a pretty big deal. It’s the day in 1776 that our founding forefathers formerly declared independence from Great Britain. It was a long and hard fight to gain our freedom, but we finally managed to send the British packing in 1783. We know this because we (the Nassau Inn) were there when it all went down. And, trust me, it’s been much better since they left. So, if you love the Fourth of July as much as we do, you’ll want to know where and when to find all the nearby fireworks displays. We’ve compiled a list of celebrations within a 30 minute drive of the Nassau Inn, in order by date and distance.


Saturday, June 27th
Mercer County Freedom Festival (9 miles or 21 minutes)
Fireworks Begin: 9:30 PM
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ
Website: Click here

Saturday, June 27th
Hillsborough Fireworks
(12.8 miles or 27 minutes)
Fireworks Begin:
At Dusk
Auten Road Middle School
281 Auten road
hillsborough, NJ 08844
Website: Click here

Thursday, July 2nd
Princeton Fireworks (.8 miles or 15 minute walk)
Fireworks Begin:
9:00 PM
Princeton University
Roper Lane
Princeton, NJ
Website: Click here

Thursday, July 2nd
South Brunswick Fireworks
(8.7 miles or 20 minutes)
Crossroads South Middle School
195 Major Road
South Brunswick, NJ
Website: Click here

Thursday, July 2nd
East Windsor Fireworks
(12 miles or 28 minutes)
Fireworks Begin: 9:30 PM
Etra Park
Twin Rivers , NJ
Website: Click here

Thursday, July 2nd
Fireworks Begin: 9:00 PM
Veterans Park
2206 Kuser Road
Hamilton, NJ
Website: Click here

Thursday, July 2nd
Fireworks Begin: 9:15 PM (14.6 miles or 28 minutes)
Franklin Township Municipal Complex
475 Demott Lane 
Somerset, NJ
Website: Click here

Friday, July 3rd
Lawrence Township Fireworks
(7.1 miles or 14 minutes)
Fireworks Begin: 9:40 PM
Rider Univeristy
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ
Website: Click here




Corporate Meetings & the Benefits of Natural Light

NI Crossing DelawareSince before the American Revolution, our meeting space has been widely known among political, business, and military leaders to invite focus and ignite creativity.

Our superior amenities and top notch customer service have always fostered a comfortable and productive environment for our esteemed guests.

While our hospitality greatly compliments the overall experience, the mood of the day is actually determined before a meeting is even convened. It takes effect the moment our guests step into the room and find themselves welcomed by the brilliance of natural light.

All of our meeting rooms come standard with natural light and its many aesthetic and health benefits, which include:

1.) Boost in mood and alertness







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In addition, our naturally lit meeting space also comes equipped with the proper shade to accommodate video and presentations.

To book a corporate space or to get more information, please contact us at or call 609-921-7500


Steps from Everything…


One of the many benefits of staying with us here at the Nassau Inn is our close proximity to first-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and history. Our guests truly appreciate being just steps away from everything. As evidence, here is a list of 10 popular attractions in downtown Princeton – along with the number of steps it takes to get to each one from here. So, tap on your activity tracker and let’s compare steps…  

1.) NASSAU HALL (425 steps)

Everywhere - nassau hallNassau Hall was built in 1756 to house what was then the College of New Jersey. It was the largest stone building in the American Colonies.

The name “Nassau Hall” was proposed by Governor Jonathan Belcher in honor of King William III, “who was a branch of the illustrious house of Nassau.”
Click here to learn more…

2.) PALMER HOUSE (633 steps)

Everywhere - Palmer HouseThe original owner was Commodore Robert Stockton (1795-1866), grandson of the signer of The Declaration of Independence. He married Maria Potter of Charleston, South Carolina and they received the house as a wedding present from her father, John.

When Robert moved across the street into “Morven,” the old Stockton homestead, he sold Palmer House to his brother-in-law, James Potter. (Later he built “Lowrie House” down Stockton Street for one of his children while his older brother-in-law, Thomas Potter, built “Prospect House” on the south side of the campus – both designed by John Nottman of Philadelphia.
Click here to learn more…


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On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods of Princeton Battlefield were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of “The Ten Crucial Days” which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field. The battle extended over a mile away to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Click here to learn more…


Everywhere - Art MuseumThe origins of Princeton’s art collections date nearly to the University’s foundation, thus making Princeton one of the oldest collecting institutions in America. The Museum and what is now the Department of Art and Archaeology—the second oldest in the nation—formally came into being in 1882, founded on a philosophy that positioned Princeton at the cutting edge of scholarship in an era when the history of art was a new academic discipline, largely confined to the more advanced universities of Europe. Click here to learn more…

5.) BAINBRIDGE HOUSE (686 steps)

Everwhere - Bainbridge HouseBainbridge House is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Princeton and one of the area’s best preserved examples of mid-Georgian architecture. Located on Nassau Street, the town’s busiest and most historic thoroughfare, it is situated directly across from Princeton University. Bainbridge House has been home to several Stockton families; it was the birthplace of William Bainbridge, hero of the War of 1812; in 1783 it was listed as providing accommodations for the Continental Congress; during the late 19th century it served as a boarding house for university students; and for more than fifty years it was home to the public library. Click here to learn more…

6.) MORVEN MUSEUM (844 steps)

Everywhere - MorvenHome to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.

After the Governor’s Mansion was relocated in 1982, Morven went through an extensive restoration and archaeological investigation. Morven re-opened as a museum and garden in 2004.
Click here to learn more…

 7.) PRINCETON CEMETERY (844 steps)

Everywhere - CemeteryThe Princeton Cemetery is a unique burial ground.  It is the final resting place for a President and a Vice President of the United States, most of the Presidents of the College of New Jersey/Princeton University and the Princeton Theological Seminary.  Scattered throughout the cemetery are the graves of soldiers beginning with the Revolutionary War, professors, politicians, musicians, scientists, business executives, writers, a Nobel Laureate, a winner of Pulitzer Prizes as well as those who have called the Princeton area home.  Take your time and enjoy the rich history of America captured here, and a small town’s place in that history. Click here to learn more…

8.) McCARTER THEATER (1056 steps)

Everywhere - McCarter TheaterMcCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts – the region’s leading performing arts center – has a rich history of artists who have graced its stage for over 80 years. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club (who continue to perform at McCarter to this day) with funds from Thomas N. McCarter, class of 1888, the theater opened its doors on February 21, 1930 with a special performance of the 40th annual Triangle show, The Golden Dog. One of its stars was Joshua Logan, a junior and a sophomore named James Stewart was in the chorus. Click here to learn more…

9.) ALBERT EINSTEIN HOUSE (1267 steps)

Everywhere -The Albert Einstein House at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey was the home of Albert Einstein from 1936 until his death in 1955.

The house is a simple pattern-book cottage and in itself is of no particular architectural significance”.

Albert Einstein reportedly requested that this house not be made a museum, and the family did not want it to be recognized as such. Nonetheless it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and further designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976. Click here to learn more…

 10.) CLEVELAND TOWER (1900 steps)

Everywhere - Cleveland TowerIts beauty often compared to that of Oxford University’s Magdalen Tower, the 173-foot Cleveland Tower flanks the main entrance to Princeton’s Graduate College. One of the principal structures of the Graduate College when it was dedicated in 1913, the tower was erected as a memorial to President Grover Cleveland, who, following his retirement from public life, was a trustee of Princeton University and chaired the trustees’ graduate school committee. Funds for the construction of the tower were raised by public subscription from “citizens of all parties in all walks of life from all parts of the United States.”  Click here to learn more…





A Closer Look at the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame: Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.
Class of 1972
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Born: April 1, 1950     Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
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Alito is best known for being the 110th Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Alito was nominated by George W. Bush in 2005 and sworn into office on January 31st, 2006.

Alito attended Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, where he excelled academically. He was active in more than 10 clubs, including the debate team, band, track, and the honor society. He also served as president of the student council and graduated as class valedictorian.

After high school, Alito attended Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

While at Princeton he captained the Princeton Debate Panel and joined the ROTC.

Alito set his course for the Supreme Court early on as indicated in the 1972 Nassau Hall Yearbook, which read, “Sam intends to go to law school and eventually warm a seat on the Supreme Court”.

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Alito’s parents grew up in poor families where little English was spoken, but they both went to college and became teachers. They believed anything was possible with hard work, and they particularly stressed the importance of education.

A colleague described Alito’s upbringing as “Go do your homework now and, after you do it, go find some other way to improve yourself.”


Alito’s commitment to achieving goals is reflected in his impressive resume. Alito began
his career working as an assistant U.S. attorney in the district of New Jersey before transferring to the solicitor general’s office. He then spent time working at the Office of Legal Counsel before returning to New Jersey as the U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey.

As a Supreme Court Justice, it has been said that his jurisprudence has been methodical, cautious, respectful of precedent and solidly conservative.

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April in Bloom

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April was another incredible month for downtown Princeton. The entire town literally exploded with color in a matter of weeks as our natural surroundings quickly transitioned from bare, bleak, and brittle to robust, bright, and in bloom. The much welcomed spring weather provided ideal conditions for al fresco dining, window shopping, outdoor sports, and community events such as the Princeton University Farmers’ Market and Communiversity.

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The opening of our outdoor patio and the release of our Spring Menu has made for an outstanding month at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and fine fare motivated many to ditch the indoors and dine with us. The interior of the Tap Room continues to see an abundance of activity too. In addition to our regular business, tour groups have been piling in to enjoy a beautiful buffet and an anecdotal history of our property.

If you like to unwind after work, our Happy Hour Specials and promotions may be just what you need. Monster Mug Mondays were made to quench your thirst while “I Made History” and “Beers Around the World” give you the opportunity to drink outside your comfort zone and win cool prizes. Live music on our patio is also on its way starting May 14.

Most importantly, however, we need to talk about Mom. Her special day is racing towards us. To celebrate, we’re holding our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th.  There’s no better way to remind Mom how amazing she is by treating her to a delicious meal with us. Click here for more information.

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The picturesque purlieu of downtown Princeton in the spring attracts an abundance of visitors from all around. Although the nearby Route 1 Corridor offers a cornucopia of shiny, brand name hotels to meet their lodging needs, it is at the independently owned Nassau Inn that travelers aim to book first. That’s because when you’re at the Nassau Inn, you’re already here, in the heart of downtown Princeton. Our iconic red door opens up to a lush green square, not a parking lot. The scent in the air is of efflorescence, not exhaust fumes. The distance to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and the arts is measured in steps, not miles.

Then there’s our history, which dates all the way back to the 18th century. Since opening our doors in 1756, we’ve prided ourselves on offering our guests the most neoteric amenities of the day. Whether you were to stay with us in the 1700’s, 1800’s, or 1900’s, you could expect to find available all the latest comforts and technology at the Nassau Inn. The same still rings true today. We continue to expertly exist as a historical landmark and a state-of-the-art, full service hotel and conference center.

It’s all of these inimitable attributes, and many more, that have made our property a target destination for tourism, corporate functions, and celebratory life events.. With 188 guest rooms and 13 beautiful conference/banquet options, our savvy coordinators can skillfully design and deliver a personalized experience sure to delight you and everyone in your party. To schedule a tour or to request more information about planning an event, please contact us at

The Selfie Appeal of the Nassau Inn

With a dynamic history, brilliant architecture, and an extensive catalog of distinguished guests, the Nassau Inn has developed a solid reputation for its Selfie Appeal. If you’re visiting downtown Princeton, here are FIVE incredible selfie opportunities on the Nassau Inn property that you won’t want to miss.

The inviting bright red door of the Nassau Inn is as illustrious as the many historic figures that once walked through it. Between its curious colonial flair and enduring history, the Red Door has become both a popular tourist attraction and a backdrop for countless celebratory life events. Local legend has it that couples who wed before the red door will be endowed with a long, happy, and healthy marriage.

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The warming flames of the upper lobby fireplace and comfy red leather chairs have long brought repose to enervated travelers. Some of the world’s finest leaders and innovators, past and present, have relaxed before the calm blaze discussing local, national, and world affairs. If you listen close enough on a quiet day, you can hear the whisper of conversations past within the soothing snap and crackle of the dancing flames.

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If you’re entering the Yankee Doodle Tap Room from the Nassau Inn’s main lobby, it’s likely your attention will be briefly redirected from joyful thoughts of food and drink, to the allure of the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame. The tributary wall showcases many young faces of Princeton graduates that went on to become prominent public figures of the past and present.

Since as far back as the day the Yankee Doodle Tap Room first opened its doors, Princetonians have long enjoyed the practice of carving their names and initials into the restaurant’s thick oak tabletops. Among these Princetonians, the world’s most famous scientist, Albert Einstein, also etched his signature distinctly into one of the many hardwood slabs. If you look close enough, perhaps you can find it. If not, just ask one of our helpful staff to point it out. 

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Illuminating brilliantly behind the bar of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room hangs the centerpiece and namesake of the historic restaurant: Norman Rockwell’s Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1936, the Nassau Inn commissioned Rockwell to paint what would be his only mural, a 13 foot long detailed historical vignette of Yankee Doodle. Rockwell completed the work in 1937, and it was prominently put on display at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room ever since.

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Farewell March, Hello April


Our week-in-review begins last Saturday at Princeton Battlefield. A day-long skirmish took nl 3place at the historic park between an overgrowth of bamboo and a crew of local volunteers organized by the Princeton Historical Society. Volunteers swiftly eliminated the bamboo and other debris using their bare hands and a variety of landscaping tools.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who so generously donated their time, effort, and resources to keep our community pristine!

nl 4It was an exciting week for Princeton University applicants. The University offered admission to 1,908 well-prepared and highly motivated students from 49 states and 66 countries. Congratulations to all who made the cut!

The Princeton University Library acquired another extraordinary treasure: the personal library of philosopher Jacques Derrida. The true value of this collection is not based on the age, condition, or by the authors of the books, but by the interactions Jacques Derrida had with the words written inside them. The scribbled notes and cross-references he left behind on countless pages will provide scholars with food for thought for a long time to come.


Happy April! Not only is outdoor patio seating finally open, but Chef LaCorte also newly introduced an exquisite Spring menu that pairs beautifully with this time of year.

Easter Sunday Dinner is a long-time favorite of ours and our customers. Bring the family and enjoy a four-course Prix Fixe menu. Menu highlights include Grilled Truffle Butter Filet Mignon, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, and Chipotle Honey Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Hours are from 12 PM – 4 PM. Seating is limited. Please call ahead for reservations at (609) 688-2600.

Our March Madness promotion is still in play as we countdown to the Final Four and Championship Game. End the season with us and enjoy Happy Hour prices during the games on April 4th and 6th.

Get into the swing of Major League Baseball at the Tap Room. Hang with locals, enjoy your favorite libations, and follow your favorite team.

We’re inching up to the first Bourbon Tasting of the year on April 15. We’ll be featuring an incredible selection of bourbons, such as Maker’s Mark, Stranahan’s, and Top Hat. Hours are from 6 PM-9 PM. Tickets are $30 per person. Tapas and lite bites are included. Please call ahead for reservations at (609) 688-2600.


painting - vincent dipaoloWith the arrival of April comes warmth, color, and inspiration. It’s the special time of year when the Nassau Inn sheds its winter coat and begins to come to life. It’s absolutely beautiful. But, there’s so much more than just the scenery. It’s also the scent in the air and the amazing way our breathtaking, red letter town makes one feel. That is why our picturesque property is frequently chosen as the ideal setting for so many momentous occasions. Our appeal extends to gatherings of all kinds. From weddings to reunions to corporate meetings, our seasoned coordinators can fashion an experience that will exceed expectations and forge fond memories.

To schedule a tour, please contact us at


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Another Action Packed Week in Downtown Princeton

30-0It’s been an action packed week in our little nook of New Jersey. The Princeton University Women’s Basketball Team both captivated and filled us with pride as they steamrolled their way into the Women’s NCAA Tournament. They were the 15th team in history to enter the tournament undefeated, distinguishing them as both academic AND athletic powerhouses. We also just learned that Head Coach Banghart was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders. We can’t wait to see you bring it again next year, Tigers!

john nashPrinceton University’s own, John Nash, was awarded the 2015 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his work in the basic laws of scientific phenomena. Receiving this high honor, in some circles, is comparable to winning the Nobel Prize… in Mathematics. Congratulations on another accolade in your incredible career!


The McCarter Theater premiered ‘Baskerville’, a wacky twist baskervilleon Sherlock Holmes, last weekend. This family friendly, light hearted, and humorous production scored rave reviews with critics and audiences alike. Curtains close on April 29th, so make sure you book your seats soon!

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival has had a great run at the Princeton Library — and continues through to the end of the weekend with eyebrow raising work created by a score talented filmmakers.

And, congratulations to Princeton High School for being ranked among the top 15 public schools in New Jersey by Keep up the good work!

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Easter is right around the corner and Chef LaCorte designed a delicious menu to fit this special occasion. Brunch hours are from noon to 4:00 PM. Please call ahead for reservations or click here for more details.

We’ve gone crazy for March Madness this year. Our happy hour specials are available during game time throughout all NCAA tournament games. Also, don’t forget to ask your bartender about our March Madness Battle of the Cocktails promotion.

Our Bourbon Tasting is fast approaching on April 15th. Whether you’re new to bourbon or an aficionado, this event is the perfect way to experience America’s only native spirit. The tasting will take place from 6 PM – 9 PM. Tickets are $30 per person. Please call ahead to reserve your spot.

Last, but not least, the countdown is almost over. April 1st marks the opening of our outdoor seating!

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There’s never a dull moment here at the Nassau Inn. During the week, our conference areas are bustling with corporate meetings, trainings, and receptions while the weekend fills our reception rooms with beautiful weddings, reunions, and other meaningful life events. Our premises continue to attract visitors from all over the world, not just because we earned our place in history as part of such a marvelously unique town, but because we earned a reputation for providing the highest level of customer service available.

Downtown Princeton in the Spring is wondrous. It’s an extraordinary time of year to tour our gorgeous property and discover if we have the perfect setting for your important event. To schedule a tour, please contact us at

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The History Making Month of March

Community Spotlight

It’s been an extraordinary March for downtown Princeton so far. We’re just over halfway through the month and we have already seen history-in-the-making two times in and Princeton Tigers 1around our little slice of heaven. First, Princeton’s Women’s Basketball team made history when they went undefeated during the regular season. Go Tigers! Then, Princeton’s Pi Day of the Century made history not only for mathematical reasons, but also for the record breaking number of Einstein’s, young and old, that showed up in Palmer Square for a full day of fun and learning.
einstein lookalikeMeanwhile, the McCarter Theater was awarded “Favorite Theater to See a Play” by the 2015 People’s Choice Awards and the Princeton University Art Museum was recognized as one of the “15 Best Small-Town Museums in the U.S.” by Fodor’s Travel.

As remarkable as the month started out, there’s still so much to look forward to. With the arrival of Spring this week, downtown Princeton will soon be astir with people strolling around town, window shopping, and outdoor dining.

At the Yankee Doodle Tap Room 

April 1st marks the first day of Patio Seating at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and ambience in combination with our exceptional service and new Spring menu aim to please. We are also very excited to announce the release of our Express Lunch Menu and our Evening Specialty Menu that offers a choice appetizer, entrée, and dessert for just $19.

At the bar, we are running our “Beers Around the World” and “I Made History” promotions. Participation is a clever way to try new spirits, get a T-shirt and discounts, and gain notoriety at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room and beyond.  We’re also thrilled to host our first Bourbon Tasting of 2015 on April 15.

More information about all of our current specials, promotions, and events can be found on our website at or our Facebook page.

From Inside the Nassau Inn    

Spring is a wonderful time of year not only visit downtown, but also to make memories. The vibrant colors of the season mixed with the area’s rich history makes it an amazing backdrop for meaningful life events such as graduations, weddings, reunions, bah mitzvahs, and communions, just to name a few. But, that’s not all. The Nassau Inn is also an ideal location for business meetings, seminars, trainings, and receptions.

While quaint and historic by appearance, our Inn is deceivingly commodious and state-of-the-art. We have 188 guest rooms and 13 reception areas. Our banquet facilities can accommodate events both large and small, from a group of 10 to a group of 250.

To book a banquet room or schedule a tour, please contact us at 609-921-7500 or by email at