4th of July Celebrations and Festivals
Ring in America’s birthday with a firework show at one of these fun (and mostly free) July 4th celebrations!
Celebrate America’s birthday with these Independence Day events and if you’re just looking for parades or fireworks, we've got you covered with our big list of parades and places to watch fireworks around the Garden State.
Where: County College of Morris, Randolph
This family friendly three-day event features carnival rides, live entertainment, a parade and fireworks.
Where: West Windsor Twp., Mercer County Park, 3-11 pm
Kick off the 4th early with yummy food, hot air balloon rides, live music, laser tag, pie-eating contests, nighttime fireworks and more.
Where: Marine Park, Red Bank, 8-10 pm
From the concert hall to the festival grounds, listen to musical selections from Ghostbusters, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and more, all for free.
Where: Cliff Gennarelli Sports Complex, Paramus, 6 pm
Celebrate the US of A’s birthday with an orchestra concert and fireworks. Rain date July 10.
Where: Donaldson Park, Highland Park, 5 pm
Come for dinner and dessert served by local food vendors and stay for the fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:20 pm.
Where: South Brunswick, Crossroads Middle School, 6-9:30 pm
There’ll be food vendors, entertainment, music and activities, plus fireworks starting around 9:15 pm.
Where: Water St., Perth Amboy, 5 -10 pm
It's Independence Day on the Raritan Bay with a spectacular fireworks show and festival. There’ll be food vendors and a boat parade, where boats will be decked out in twinkling lights below the fireworks. Rain date is July 5.
Where: Downtown New Providence, 7 pm
Features a DJ, giveaways and prizes, dance contests, jugglers, ice cream by Zita’s and Chalk on South Street (kids of all ages can get a free “bucket” of chalk to create art and messages on the street). Fireworks start at 9:30 pm.
Where: Various locations, Maplewood, $10/person
Enjoy a parade, circus, softball, ice cream eating contests and fireworks.
Where: Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Noon-10 pm
This free day includes live music, children’s entertainment, amusement rides, a smorgasbord of food and drink options and a breathtaking fireworks display highlighting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Where: Downtown Milltown, 6 am-10 pm
This fair has a fishing derby, parade, fair and fireworks. Rain date July 9.
Where: Horseshoe Road, Montville, June 30-July 2, 6-10 pm
Enjoy three days of more than 21 rides, ponies, pie and hot dog eating contests, a parade and fireworks.
Where: Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair
Follow the parade as it marches from Bloomfield Ave. to Edgemont Park. Then enjoy all the great performances and a family picnic.
Where: Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton, Noon-3 pm
Grab a picnic blanket and relax at this free family event where kids can make their own ice cream, listen to music and “sign” the Declaration of Independence.
Where: N. New York Rd., Smithville, 9 am-noon
Celebrate the nation's birth by dressing in red, white and blue and watching this patriotic parade, plus check out the other permanent activities in town while you’re at it.
Where: Main St. & Stevens Ave., Little Falls
The whole town turns into a giant July 4th block party at this annual fair, featuring crafters, kiddie and pony rides, festival food and other entertainment.
Where: Long Branch Beach, Long Branch, 10 am-10 pm
Hit up this July 4th beach fest that features all kinds of circus-style fun, including stilt walkers, clowns, juggling unicyclists, costume characters, live music, food and fireworks.
Where: Ridgewood, various locations, 9 am-9 pm
The event kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by an Independence Day Parade featuring local rescue squads, antique cars and bands. Stick around for live entertainment and fireworks in the evening.
Where: Biertuempfel Park, Union, 10 am-10 pm
Celebrate all day long with a Soapbox Derby from 10 am-2 pm, a concert at 7:30 pm and a fireworks spectacular at Biertuempfel Park at 9 pm.
Where: West Orange High School, West Orange, 6:30 pm
Start with a free family festival including races, balloon tosses, moonwalks, eating contests, pony rides, a Kidz Zone and much more. Dance under the stars and set up your blanket and lawn chair to view the fireworks.
Where: 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, 10 am-4 pm
Spend a day on the farm with some of your kiddo’s fave animals. Help the staff milk a cow or take eggs from a chicken. Celebrate the holiday with patriotic games and activities.
Where: Wildwood, Beach and Boardwalk, times vary
This jam-packed weekend features a boardwalk run, parade, concerts, craft shows, a Patriotic Pooch Parade, beach yoga and a fireworks extravaganza.
Where: Municipal Building, Califon, 6 pm
Take the kids to this fair which boasts a carousel, Ferris wheel and fireworks.