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Cranford is a township in Union County. Known at the turn of the century as the Venice of New Jersey, it is a pedestrian-friendly township that grew up around the meandering Rahway River.
Trees are one of the principal components of the township’s character and sense of place. Cranford has been nationally recognized with the Tree city USA award, honoring its tree-lined streets for nineteen years in a row.
Cranford’s small town feel and family friendly atmosphere is on full display on the Fourth of July, with a variety of family events scheduled, including canoe races, Firecracker Fun Run, Bicycle Decorating, Egg Toss, and Fireworks.
Cranford boasts plenty of shopping. Patrons stroll the cobblestone sidewalks of the renovated downtown with its Victorian feel, enjoying street fairs and finding a quiet moment at the center of downtown in the pocket park with its Victorian street clock, the world's largest four-sided Rolex.
The Cranford Plein Air event is a unique fine art event scheduled in June with 30 juried artists from across the country reconnecting with nature to paint throughout the downtown area in parks, along the river, and in various private homes, to capture the town’s historic architecture and natural landscapes on their canvases.
The outdoors enthusiast can enjoy over six miles of bicycle trails or a fine day on the Rahway River at the hidden jewel, the Cranford Canoe Club. Named runner-up in New Jersey Monthly magazine's best canoeing and kayaking, the century-old club offers canoe and kayak rentals and on weekends serves up grilled burgers, and hot dogs as well as ice cream.
Cranford High School was ranked as one of the top 15 high schools in New Jersey in 2010 and has won a series of national and statewide awards for its innovative curriculum which has a strong push for technology in the schools, along with stressing service learning.
The longtime local newspaper, the Cranford Chronicle serves the Township.
Cranford also has its own channel, TV-35, were citizens can volunteer and learn about TV production or check for upcoming town-wide events on the ‘Bulletin Board.’