July 4 parades in NJ
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A parade is a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day with your family. Why not bring the kids to watch one of NJ’s many red-white-and-blue-themed parades? You can even join in!

As New Jersey continues to reopen, many cities and towns are making sure to keep the Fourth of July festive with firework shows and parades modified to meet social distancing rules. Here’s where you can watch traditional, bicycle and even dog parades.

*Please note that all information is subject to last-minute changes so be sure to confirm with the municipality before attending.

Bay Head
Get out your glitter and streamers! The third annual July 4th Bike Parade will begin at the Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head at 10:30 am and finish at 12 pm at the town’s fire station, where ribbons will be awarded to the top three decorated wagons, strollers, or bikes.

Cape May
Join Cape May’s Parade for July Fourth and then, come back on the 4th for their fireworks display at Dusk.

Chatham will be hosting an “Alternative Parade” on Monday, July 5. The parade will include three separate motorcades of first responders who will parade around Chatham for residents; festivities begin at 10 am.

Enjoy a full afternoon of (free!) fun at the Collingswood July 4th Celebration and Fireworks! Beginning at 2 pm on July 4 at Roberts Pool, you and your family will have your pick of festive activities, from water games and raft races to prize-winning opportunities. At dusk, there will be fireworks at Collingswood high school, where there will also be an 8 pm performance by TO THE MAX, a dance/club band.

Florham Park
A car parade— the 64th annual, in fact— will take place on Monday, July 5 with the theme “Spotlight on Florham Park: Our Resilient Community.” The parade is set to follow its “longstanding traditional route.” 

Glen Rock
A modified plan for the 4th of July parade is being developed. The parade would begin at Borough Hall and end at Faber Field on Sunday starting at 9 am. Follow the Glen Rock Independence Day Association on Facebook for updates.

The town is hosting fireworks on the fourth and a celebratory parade on the 5th. The route kicks off at 10 am near First Presbyterian Church. 

In place of its 4th of July parade, Hammonton will host fireworks at Hammonton High School at dusk (rain date July 5).

Historic Smithville
Line up along Historic Smithville to watch their annual Fourth of July parade with a closing off firing ceremony to celebrate the fallen troops.

The annual Lavallette bicycle parade is scheduled to take place at 9 am on the boardwalk at Philadelphia Ave. and Oceanfront on July 3.

The Lebanon Borough 4th of July Parade is celebrating its 60+ years as the oldest parade in Hunterdon County.

Mendham Twp.
This year’s parade will begin at 9 am from the Union School House. Visit the Mendham Twp. Recreation page for a list of where the parade can be seen from. Fireworks will also be held at 8 pm for Mendham residents only; registration is required.

For Milltown’s Independence Day celebration, they will have duck races, a fishing derby, a decorated house contest, a parade, and fireworks all happening on Saturday the 3rd! The parade starts at 10 am.

North Plainfield
Head to West End School  at 10 am on July 5 to see North Plainfield’s annual Independence Day parade, which will also honor Front Line Workers.

North Wildwood
North Wildwood will hold two 4th of July Parades. The Independence Day Family Parade will begin at 9 am, with check-in at 8:15 am, at 9th and Atlantic Aves. and finish at 1st and Surf Aves. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes. The Patriotic Pooch Parade will take place at Bill Henfey Park. Check-in will open at 8:15 am and the parade will begin at 9 am.

On Oradell’s normal parade route, you can hear the Bergen County Pieps & Drums. On July 4th at 10 am, with festivities following at Memorial Field. 

Starting on the corner of Century Road and Farview Avenue, these parade marchers put quite a show for Fourth of July on July 3 at 9 AM. 

The Freedom Festival celebration here lasts for three days, Randolph hosts rides, games, food, and music; with fireworks on July 1st and a parade on the 3rd.

While sadly fireworks will not be happening, Ridgewood will still put on its joyous parade on Monday, July 5. A flag raising ceremony will be held at 9 am in Wilsey Square to initiate the celebration.

Ridgefield Park
The parade route has been extended to account for social distancing and will begin at Mt. Vernon St. and Hudson Ave. and conclude at Fellowship Park on July 5th. The Baby & Youth Parade, begins at 9am at Poplar St. and Euclid Ave. The Civic Parade steps off promptly at 11:30 at Preston St. and Hudson Ave. See the Ridgefield Park 4th of July Committee Facebook page for the full parade route and more information.

As Riverton Yacht Club puts on its 124th 4th of July Children’s Parade on July 3, they have scheduled a whole bunch of fun for families during and after the march including a fabulous pet pageant, singing, and games!

Festivities in Summit will begin at 9:30 am with a flag raising ceremony at Soldier’s Memorial Field followed by a senior walk and fancy dress contest at 9:45 am at the Memorial Field track. Judges will choose the three most festive and best-dressed seniors. Decorated bike parades will start at 10 am for preschoolers, 10:30 am for ages 5-7 and 11 am for ages 8 and up.

If you’re feeling extra patriotic or want to get in the spirit a few days early, a fireworks display will be taking place at the Verona community center on Wednesday, June 30 at 7 pm. 

Are we missing any? Comment below, or email angel@njfamily.com and let us know!

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