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Things To Do This Weekend, June 29-July 4

Make this long weekend a special one. Head to a farm, street fair, fireworks show or outdoor movie; your kids are bound to have a blast.


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29 [Thurs]

A Night at the Disco

This Bergen PAC concert in Englewood will be a throwback for parents everywhere, featuring Village People, The Trammps and Anita Ward. Boogie down to disco tracks like “Macho Man,” “Ring My Bell” and more.

The Magic of Sharks with Steve Woyce

Splash into a shark-themed comedy show at Ramsey Public Library with magician Steve Woyce for an unforgettable afternoon. Learn tons of facts about sharks and help in building a shark by using Steve’s magic. While in the audience, be sure to volunteer for a chance to beat Steve in a crazy game of “Fish or Fin.”

29-1 [Thurs-Sat]

Photo courtesy of Kiwanis of Randolph Township, NJ

Freedom Festival

Thursday’s Country Night will be the kickoff for this weekend-long celebration at the County College of Morris in Randolph. Friday features a special guest to headline Rock’n Randolph, while Saturday is Home Grown Music night, followed by a fireworks show.

29-2 [Thurs-Sun]

Cirque Italia

Immerse yourself in the first-ever traveling water show, making its way to Woodbridge this weekend! Blending technology with performing arts, Cirque Italia provides a stunning show for the entire family.

29-4 [Thurs- Tues]

Wawa Welcome America Festival

This 6-day festival takes place in the birthplace of America, Philadelphia. The patriotic celebration features movie screenings, happy hours, fireworks and a concert with Mary J. Blige.

29-9 [Thurs-Sun]

Leonia Sports Boosters Carnival

Featuring your favorite carnival eats, tons of rides and games, this carnival will have you covered through the holiday weekend and beyond. Be sure to swing by on July 4th at 9:30 pm for a spectacular fireworks display.

30 [Fri]

Battery Park City Community Field Day

Celebrate summer at Community Field Day with classic games including relays, tug-of-war, potato sack races and huge yard activities. Check out the illusionary street art project while jamming to the music filling Battery Park City.

Somers Point Beach Concert’s 25th Anniversary Festival

Calling all blues, jazz and rock fans! Featuring Pittsburgh’s Queen of the Blues, Jill West and Blues Attack International Blues, there is bound to be a genre of music for everyone at this Somers Point event.

1 [Sat]

Radical Rocketeers

Attention all little rocket builders! All ages are welcome on the first Saturday of each month to join together and build rockets at Warren County Library in Hackettstown.

Photo courtesy of Kitchen 19

Cooking With Kids: Patriotic Treats

If your child is between the ages of four and seven, then he can become a little chef at this event in Hammonton at Kitchen 19. They will learn how to make cream pies and brownie stars just in time for the 4th.

1-2 [Sat-Sun]

Peter Max: Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Peter Max, the iconic artist, is returning to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor for an opening of his recent pieces and most famous works. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to meet Peter Max at his gallery reception from 7-9 pm.

1–4 [Sat-Tues]

4th of July Weekend

Pay your respects at the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the only one in NJ this year. On July 2, grab some gourmet street fare at a food truck festival. On the 4th, take in a spectacular fireworks show, all at West Orange High School.

Native American Intertribal Dancers

Stop by Wild West City in Stanhope for traditional Native American dances, face painting, Native American crafts and more!

2 [Sun]

Very Berry Pancake Breakfast​​

Hop on the Alstede Farms hay wagon for a trip around the Chester farm, then enjoy a delicious breakfast featuring farm-grown berries, pancakes, eggs, bacon and much more!

Independence Day Celebration: Harrison Town Fair

Celebrate the 4th of July in the heart of Liberty Park with carnival games, tons of food, a jam-packed vendor marketplace, music and more.

2-4 [Sun-Tues]

Photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center

The 1776 Experience: Revolutionary War Encampment

Join forces with Revolutionary War re-enactors at the recreated military encampment at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Watch the blacksmith forge metals, check into the medical tent to view the surgeon and look on as Continental Army soldiers go through various drills on the field.

3 [Mon]

Celebrate Our Stars and Stripes

Join together with three municipalities to celebrate our nation’s birthday in Perth Amboy. Kick back with lots of food and festivities, culminating in a beautiful fireworks display at 9:20 pm.

3-8 [Mon-Sat]

Califon Fire Company 97th Annual Carnival

Come out and support the Califon Fire Department by enjoying this festival with food and plenty of amusement park rides. This week-long festival is one you won’t want to miss.

4 [Tues]

Fourth of July Festival: Milltown Magic​​

Start the day by heading out on the water for the fishing derby, then take part in the 5K and celebratory parade. Spend the whole day with the kids before snagging a primo spot at the fireworks.

July 4th Weekend Celebration

Come through for a Junior Olympics competition, concert and evening fireworks that'll seal the deal on your holiday in Sea Isle City.

70th Annual Mayor’s 4th of July and Food Truck Festival 

Start the party off at Soldiers Memorial Field in Summit by heading to the Decorated Bicycle Parade where kids can show off their patriotic wheels. End the night with fireworks after a day of carnival rides, food trucks, kids concerts and sports.

27th Annual Oceanfest

This Long Branch festival is a cross between a food festival, concert series, craft sale and street fair. Live performances, shore sights, fireworks and vendors make this event a can’t-miss.

Photo courtesy of Somerset County Park Commission

Annual July 4th Fireworks Display

All are invited to celebrate July 4th at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, where fireworks are shooting off at approximately 9:30 pm. Until then, enjoy tons of food and friends, and don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and a blanket.

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

Grab the gang and head to Liberty State Park in Jersey City for a day full of live performers, kids entertainment, tons of food and an amazing view of the NYC skyline and Ellis Island.

July 4th Jubilee

Grab your picnic baskets and lawn chairs for an Independence Day event you won’t want to miss at the Morven Museum and Garden. The kids can make their own ice cream and recreate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

4th of July Parade in Historic Smithville

Join together at one of the largest July 4th celebrations in the state. Bring lawn chairs and all the red, white and blue you can find for a wonderful parade, spanning from Smitty’s Shopping Center to Smithville Boulevard.

Tuckerton July 4th Celebration

Fun, fireworks, food trucks and more! What better way to celebrate America?


State Fair Meadowlands

From June 22-July 9, the largest fair in New Jersey will be celebrating its 95th year with a double-decker carousel, 100 pig races, classic carnival food and much more.

Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards

Stop by Terhune Orchards every Friday night in June, July and August for its weekly Sips and Sounds music series, featuring live musical performances in the wine barn. Unwind and get together with friends while enjoying your choice of award-winning spirits grown right at Terhune Orchards.

Sunday Family Fun Nights

Every Sunday from July 2-August 27, enjoy a night filled with tug-of-war, hula hoops, Frisbee golf, long jump, hurdles and a huge, inflatable obstacle course to top off the event. Stop by anytime after 6:30 pm for a night of classic summer fun with the family!

Photo courtesy of Morris County Park Commission

Tiny Tot Tuesdays 

Enjoy the sand and water at Sunrise Lake Beach Club in Morris Township with your little guppies. Kids under 4 get comfortable in the water under the supervision of a parent.

Union County’s Family Fun and Flix

Head to Elizabeth any Tuesday this summer for an outdoor movie series. Come all season to see films like Sing and Secret Life of Pets

101 Dalmatians 

This play is running the weekends of July 21-22 and 28-29 at the Summit Playhouse. A show especially for kids, this production features adorable stars, a scary villain and a wonderful score. Will the puppies escape Cruella as she tries to snag them for a fur coat?

Yoga in the Gardens 

Make your way to Rutgers in New Brunswick is sure to mellow you out all summer long. Carve out some me time by practicing yoga in a gorgeous outdoor setting. Take advantage of morning treats and beverages, too. Bring a friend and mat. 

Final Fridays: Farmers and Food Trucks

The family will enjoy every last Friday of the month with a music-filled festival featuring tons of food trucks in Oaklyn. Come enjoy this free event that’ll have you grubbin’ and dancin’.

Find Even More Things to Do This Weekend 

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