METUCHEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Happy Birthday, New Jersey!

Tuesday marks the state’s 350th anniversary when a land grant to Lord John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret in 1664 started what would eventually become the Garden State.

“Carteret’s ancestral home was the Isle of Jersey and that is when we got our name, New Jersey,” Carol Cronheim, Assistant Secretary of State, told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

Cronheim is hosting the constable of the isle, Simon Crowcroft, who said the small province played a role in New Jersey’s 300th birthday.

“In 1964, the delegation from Jersey brought with them a Jersey cow to help New Jersey celebrate the tercentenary,” Crowcroft said.

State officials encouraged local governments, schools and religious institutions to ring bells for a full minute at noon Tuesday to mark the occasion.

LINK: New Jersey 350 Official Website

Congregation members of the Neve Shalom synagogue in Metuchen told the Home News Tribune they planned to blow the shofar in celebration.

Officials are encouraging residents to take photos of the activities and post them on the New Jersey 350th Facebook page.

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