Happy Fourth of July!
Ring in America’s birthday with one of these fun July 4th events (plenty of fireworks, of course) but so much more to do too! And if you are just looking for fireworks, we've got you covered with our big list of places to watch fireworks around the state.
Mercer County Freedom Festival
West Windsor Township, 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, fireworks at night and more. Rain date: June 26
June 30-July 2
Randolph Freedom Festival & Parade
County College of Morris, Randolph
This family friendly 3-day event features carnival rides, live entertainment, a parade and fireworks.
June 30 – July 4
Sports Boosters Carnival
Leonia, Overpeck County Park, 6–10 pm
This annual Fourth of July carnival features fun fair food, rides, games and fireworks at dusk on July 4th.
Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
South Brunswick, Crossroads Middle School, 6-10 pm
There will be food vendors, entertainment, music & activities and fireworks starting around 9:15 pm.
Celebrate Our Stars and Stripes
Water St., Perth Amboy, 9:15 am–10 pm
It's Independence Day on the Raritan Bay with a spectacular fireworks show and Independence Day festival. Rain date July 2.
South Brunswick Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
Crossroads Middle School, South Brunswick 5–9:15 pm
Come for festive evening activities and fireworks. Rain date July 2
Wildwood Fireworks and Fourth of July Weekend Events
Wildwood, beach and boardwalk, times vary
The weekend full of events features a boardwalk run, a parade, concerts, craft shows, the Patriotic Pooch Parade, beach yoga and a fireworks extravaganza.
NJ Symphony Orchestra Free Outdoor Concert & Fireworks
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds, West Windsor, 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. Followed by a fireworks show.
Tenafly's Independence Day Celebration
Roosevelt Common, This carnival has games, food, music and firework. 10 am–3 pm Rain date: Sunday, July 3rd. Fireworks at dark behind the Tenafly High School on Saturday.
Rain Date: Wednesday, July 6th
East Brunswick 4th of July Celebration
East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 4 pm
Kid's Rides, Concerts, Watermelon, Wing and Cupcake eating contests, and of course a fireworks finale. FREE
Fireworks in the Park
Donaldson Park, Highland Park, 5 pm
Come for dinner and dessert from the many food vendors and stay for the fireworks.
Rain date July 10
New Brunswick Independence Day Celebration
Boyd Park, at 5pm
Start with the historical re-enactment of George Washington's "Fire of Joy" with muskets and cannons at 5pm, live music at 6:30 pm, ending with fireworks at 9:15
New Providence Independence Day Celebration
Downtown New Providence, Celebration at 7 pm, fireworks 9:30 pm
Featuring a DJ, giveaways & prizes, dance contests, juggler, 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)
Chatham Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
Downtown Chatham, parade starts at 10:30 am, fireworks at dusk. Local organizations march in this parade, followed by picnics, parties and fireworks at dusk.
Florham Park 4th of July Celebration
Florham Park, various locations, 9:30 am–3 pm with fireworks at 8:15 pm.
Say “Happy Birthday, America” at this all-day event featuring a family picnic, a parade, live music, food, plus so much for the kids to do, including a water slide, bungee runs, a petting zoo, a trackless train and more.
Independence Day Celebration on the Farm
Holmdel, Longstreet Farm, 12–3 pm. Head to Longstreet Farm to celebrate the 4th with festive games, contests and other patriotic, fun activities.
Independence Day Family Festival
North Branch Park, Bridgewater 6 pm
A Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s before the Independence Day fireworks begins..
Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival
Liberty State Park, Jersey City 12 pm
This FREE event-packed day includes live music, children’s entertainment, amusement rides, a smorgasbord of food and drink options, and a breathtaking fireworks display by Grucci Fireworks highlighting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Maplewood Fourth of July
Various locations, Maplewood. 8 am–9:15 pm $10/person
Enjoy a parade, circus, softball, ice-cream-eating contests and fireworks.
Milltown Fourth of July Festival
Downtown Milltown. 6 am–10 pm
This fair has a fishing derby, parade, fair and fireworks. Rain date July 9
Montville 4th of July Celebration
Horseshoe Road, Montville. June 30–July 2. 6 pm–10 pm
Enjoy three days of over 21 rides, pony rides, pie and hot dog eating contests, a parade and fireworks!
Montclair Independence Day Parade & Picnic
Montclair, Edgmont Park, times 11 am
Follow the parade as it marches from Bloomfield Ave. to Edgemont Park and enjoy all the great performances and live entertainment and a family picnic.
Morven Museum & Garden's July 4thth Jubilee
Princeton, Morven Museum and Garden, 12–3 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.
Annual July 4th Parade in Historic Smithville
Smithville, North New York Rd., 9 am–noon
Celebrate our nation's birth by dressing in red, white and blue and watching this patriotic parade, plus check out the other free events in town while you’re at it.
Little Falls July Street Fair
Little Falls, Main Street and Stevens Avenue, 10 am–5 pm
The whole town turns into a giant July 4th block party at this annual fair, featuring crafters, kiddie and pony rides, festival food and all sorts of other entertainment.
Mayor's 4th of July and Food Truck Festival
Summit, Soldier’s Memorial Field, 9:45 am–10 pm
Get ready for a full day of July 4th fun, including a flag-raising ceremony, parade, concerts for kids and adults, carnival rides and games, softball, food truck festival and fireworks.
Long Branch, Promenade, 10 am–10 pm
Hit up this July 4th beach festival that features all kinds of circus-style fun, including stilt walkers, clowns, juggling unicyclists, costume characters, live music, food and fireworks.
Paramus 4th of July Celebration
Cliff Gennarelli Sports Complex, Paramus 6–10 pm
Celebrate the USA’s birthday with an orchestra concert and fireworks. Rain date July 10.
106th Annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration
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.
Salute to Heroes
Newton, Newton Pool, 12–8 pm
Celebrate the Fourth with patriotic music, family-friendly games and activities and all-American food including hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie a la mode. Active duty, reserve and retired military members and their dependents get in for free with a valid ID.
Union Township's 4th of July
Biertuempfel Park, Union, 10 am–10 pm
Celebrate the 4th of July all day long with a Soapbox Derby from 10 am – 2 p.m., a concert at 7:30 pm and a fireworks spectacular at Biertuempfel Park at 9 pm
Waterfront Freedom Festival
Camden, Wiggins Waterfront Park & Marina, 5:30 pm –10 pm
Celebrate the 4th of July with a day of patriotic family fun, live music (featuring Michael McDonald and Ginger Coyle). Watch as the Waterfront Fireworks Celebration lights up the Delaware with the largest fireworks show in the region!
4th of July Fireworks Festival
West Orange High School, West Orange 6:30 pm
It all starts with a free family festival including races, balloon toss, moonwalks, eating contests, pony rides, Kidz Zone and much more! Dance under the stars and set up your blanket and lawn chair to view the fantastic fireworks, known as the best in the state.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Freehold, Historic Walnford, 1–4 pm
Travel back in time to 1776 and use quill pens and inkwells to scribe your name on your own Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights and enjoy other historical events for adults and kids alike.
96th Annual Califon Fireman’s Carnival
Municipal Building, Califon. 6 pm
Take the kids to this fair with a carousel, Ferris wheel and fireworks.