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July 4th: Where to See Spectacular Fireworks in NJ!

Grab blankets and chairs and celebrate this Independence Day with fireworks in your community!


Looking for a great fireworks show or parade close to home? Grab blankets and chairs and go see one of these Independence Day fireworks 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 29–July 1

Freedom Festival

County College of Morris, Randolph.

6-11 pm Thurs.-Fri.; 2-11 pm Sat. Free.

Visit randolphkiwanis.org for more information.

Thursday’s Country Night will be the kickoff for 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 Weekend

West Orange High School, West Orange.

Times vary by event. Free. 973-325-4100.

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.

July 2

Fireworks in the Park!

Donaldson Park, Highland Park

5-9:30 pm. Free. 732-819-0052

Live musicians and a youth theater performance bring this party to life. There are kids demos and activities, too. Grab a bite to eat from one of the vendor booths before the fireworks start flying. 

July 3

Perth Amboy Fireworks

Raritan Bay, Perth Amboy

5-9:30 pm. Free.

Visit celebratestarsandstripes.com for more information.

Chow down on delicious food, have fun with friends and then sit back and enjoy the fireworks. 

Independence Day Fireworks

City Hall, Rahway

9 pm. Free. 732-827-2000.

Head to the back of City Hall for a perfect spot to watch this patriotic celebration. The best views in town are along Main and Irving Sts., so get there early to set up your chair or blanket. 

July 4

Fourth of July Festival: Milltown Magic

Milltown, all day. Free.

Visit Milltown 4th of July on Facebook for more information. 

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

Between Dunnell Rd. and Valley St., Maplewood.

All day. Free.

Visit maplewoodcivic.org for more information.

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 see fireworks. 

4th of July Celebration

Veteran’s Field, Ridgewood

9 am-9 pm. Free. Visit ridgewoodjuly4.net for more information. 

This celebration is considered one of the best in North Jersey, so if your kids haven’t experienced them yet, make this year their first time. There’s a flag raising and parade in the morning, too. 

4th of July Parade

Historic Smithville, Smithville

9 am. Free. 609-652-7777.

Be one of the thousands lining the streets for this epic parade. Afterward, check out the restaurants, train, carousel, paddle boats and arcade that make Smithville a NJ favorite. 

Independence Day Parade

Century Rd. and Farview Ave., Paramus
9 am. Visit paramus4thofjuly.com for more information.  

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 2 at 6 pm. 

July 4th Weekend Celebration

Various locations, Sea Isle City

9:30 am-9:30 pm. Free. Visit visitsicnj.com for more information.

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

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

Soldiers Memorial Field, Summit

9:30 am-9:30 pm.

Price varies. Visit summitcommunityprograms.com for more information. 

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. 

27th Annual Oceanfest

Long Branch Beach, Long Branch

10 am-10 pm. Free. 732-222-0400.

This 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. 

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

Downtown, Chatham

10:30 am. Free. 973-635-7066.

This small town knows how to put on a big party. Celebrate Americana with a day of picnics and community, and end the festivities with fireworks.

Hackensack July 4th Celebration

Forschini Park, Hackensack

9 pm. Free.

Visit hackensack.org for more information.

Prior to the show, head to the park early for games, rides, a flea market and tasty food. There’s also a live show by The Infernos at 7:15 pm.  

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Boardwalk, Seaside Heights. 9:30 pm. Free. Visit casinopiernj.com for more information.

This fireworks display is sure to wow your little ones. Enjoy the ocean breeze while you watch a gorgeous show from anywhere on the boardwalk. 

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