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Union County Offers Free Walk-Up and Drive-Up Movies in August

COVID-19 precautions are in effect for all outdoor movies sponsored by Union County.

Moviegoers must follow mask and social distance guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has updated the schedule for a series of free Walk-up and Drive-up movies in August, held in accordance with statewide regulations aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection.

“Union County residents and visitors have been doing a great job of protecting each other during the COVID-19 outbreak, and moviegoers can keep up the good work by wearing masks, observing social distance rules, and following other guidelines for a safe night out,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

All movies are free and begin at dusk.  Attendees must bring their own snacks and drinks. There will not be any food or drink available for purchase. Port-a-johns and wash stations will be available.

For Walk-up movies, attendees will be required to sit in marked circles in order to maintain social distance between groups. Masks are strongly encouraged at all times, and are required when using port-o-johns and in areas where social distancing is not possible. No pre-registration is required.

The upcoming Walk-up movies are:

Secret Life of Pets 2: Tuesday, August 4 at Rahway Park near the Hickory Picnic area in Rahway.

The Lion King (2019 version): Tuesday, August 11 at the Loop area in the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside.

Drive-up movies are open to Union County residents only, and will require online pre-registration. One registration will be required per car.

For Drive-up movies, no walk-ups or bikes are permitted. Vehicles will be arranged at least 6 feet apart for social distancing. Attendees must stay in their vehicles unless using the port-o-johns; no chairs, stools or other seating outside of the car is permitted.

The upcoming Drive-up movie will be Onward. Please note that Onward will be shown in place of the originally scheduled Scoob.

Onward will be shown on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Space is limited and registration for Onward will be on a first come, first serve basis. The registration portal for both dates will open on Friday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m., at

The Walk-up and Drive-up movies are hosted by the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. Information about activities permitted in County parks during the COVID-19 outbreaks is available at

Visit Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center online at for links to free online nature activities for all ages including the new “Virtual Summer Camp” series with different themes each week.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the free Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at

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