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July 4th: Where to See Spectacular Fireworks in NJ

Celebrate this Independence Day with a show that’ll wow the kids.


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Looking for a great fireworks show or parade close to home? Grab blankets and chairs and go see one of these Independence Day shows. Be sure to call ahead or check the towns' websites to verify dates and times.

See a list of 4th of July parades near you.

June 28-30

Freedom Festival

Where: County College of Morris, Randolph, times vary
Deets: Thursday’s Country Night will kick off this weekend-long celebration. Friday features a special guest to headline Rock’n Randolph, while Saturday is Home Grown Music night, followed by a fireworks show.

July 1–4

4th of July Weekdays

Where: West Orange High School, West Orange, times vary
Deets: Pay your respects at the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the only one in NJ this year. On July 2, grab gourmet fare at a food truck festival. On the 4th, take in a spectacular fireworks show. Times vary by event. Call 973-325-4100 for more information.

July 2

Fireworks in the Park!

Where: Donaldson Park, Highland Park, 5-9:30 pm
Deets: Live musicians and a youth theater performance bring this party to life. There’ll be kids demos and activities, too. Grab a bite to eat at one of the vendor booths before the fireworks start flying. Rain date is July 3.

July 3

Perth Amboy Fireworks

Where: Raritan Bay, Perth Amboy, 5-9:30 pm
Deets: Chow down on delicious food, then sit back and enjoy the fireworks with friends and fam. Rain date is July 5.

July 4

Fourth of July Festival: Milltown Magic

Where: Milltown, Time TBA
Deets: 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.

Maplewood 4th of July

Where: Dunnell Rd. and Valley St., Maplewood, times vary
Deets: This celebration is more than a century old. Run a 5K, check out a big top circus, see a concert, meet furry friends at a pet show, visit a car show and catch the fireworks.

4th of July Celebration

Where: Veteran’s Field, Ridgewood, 9 am-9 pm
Deets: This celebration is considered one of the best in North Jersey, so if your kids haven’t experienced it yet, be sure to mark your calendar for the flag raising and parade in the morning.

Independence Day Parade

Where: Century Rd. and Farview Ave., Paramus, 6 pm gates open
Deets: Check out the floats, bikes and strollers as they roll down the street. Don’t forget to bring a food donation to the Paramus Food Pantry. The Paramus Fireworks are on July 1 at 6 pm.

July 4th Weekend Celebration

Where: Various locations, Sea Isle City, 9:30 am-9:30 pm
Deets: Drop by for the Junior Olympics competition, a concert and evening fireworks that'll seal the deal on your holiday.

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

Where: Soldiers Memorial Field, Summit, time TBA
Deets: Start the party off 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.

Oceanfest

Where: Long Branch Beach, Long Branch, 10 am-10 pm
Deets: This festival is a cross between a food festival, concert, craft sale and street fair. Live performances, shore sights, fireworks and vendors make this event a can’t-miss.

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Where: Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, 9:30 pm
Deets: This fireworks display is sure to wow your little ones. Enjoy the ocean breeze while you watch a gorgeous show from anywhere on the iconic Jersey boardwalk.

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