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State Fair Meadowlands
Meadowlands, East Rutherford
All weekend
The State Fair Meadowlands is continuing its historic 24 day run with over 100 different rides and games to enjoy, plus live entertainment from acts like The Jay Mattioli Magic Show, Pirates of The Columbian Caribbean and many more. This Saturday and Sunday there will be firework displays to commemorate Independence Day. Visit their website for the entertainment schedule and to purchase tickets.

North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival
Route 1 North by DeVry University, Woodbridge
Friday, 6 PM – 12 PM ; Saturday, 3 PM – 12 PM ; Sunday & Monday, 3 PM – 11 PM
One of New Jersey’s largest festivals is back, starting July 1st and running to the 11th. This festival has attractions for the whole family and live entertainment like the Motorcycle Stunt Show, Gossamer Magic Show and more. There will also be firework shows on select dates. Tickets can be purchased on the website and all proceeds go to supporting North Brunswick’s youth sport groups.

Independence Weekend in Ocean Grove
Auditorium Square Park, Ocean Grove
Friday & Saturday, Various times
Ocean Grove is celebrating Independence Day with two days of awesome activities. On Friday there is Community Night, complete with food trucks, games and a DJ. Then on Saturday there will be the annual Independence Parade in the morning and a free patriotic concert in the evening.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence (Allentown)
To celebrate America’s 245th birthday, town leaders from Allentown and Upper Freehold Township will join members of the community to publicly read the Declaration of Independence once again this July 4th.  All are welcome to witness the event at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Pete Sensi Park, Main Street in Allentown. The reading is free and sponsored by The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI).

Looking for more Fourth of July parades and events? Here is a full list of things happening around the state. 

Riverton 4th of July Children’s Parade and Festivities
Various locations, Riverton
Various times
There is so much to do in Riverton this Independence Day! There will be a children’s parade, festivities in the park, a box car race, and even a pet pageant. Head over to their website for more details.

Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru
Burlington County Fairgrounds, Columbus
All weekend, Various times
From July 3 through July 18, dino-lovers of all ages can go to the Burlington County Fairgrounds to see incredible life-sized dinosaurs all without leaving your car. Guests will have a chance to encounter the mighty T-Rex, the vicious Velociraptor and more.

Need more Dinosaur Encounters? Here’s a full list of amazing dinosaur experiences in NJ. 

Capital Philharmonic Independence Day Concert
Mill Hill Park, Trenton
Saturday, 7:30 PM
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rab a blanket and head to Mill Hill Park for a free music show by the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic performing works by Irving Berlin, Lalo Shiffrin, John Philip Sousa and more. 

Mount Holly’s Independence Day Celebration
Iron Works Park, Mount Holly
Saturday, 6 PM – 10 PM
Get ready for fireworks and fun at Mount Holly’s Annual Independence Day Celebration. Enjoy a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors, play games and listen to some live music before catching the fireworks at the end of the night. 

Want to find fireworks near you? Here’s our list of Fourth of July fireworks displays.

July 4th Hike to Revolutionary War Powder Mill
Acorn Hall, Morristown
Sunday, 11 AM – 12 PM
The Morris County Historical Society is hosting a free family-friendly hike to the archaeological site of Jacob Ford Jr.’s Powder Mill, the oldest remaining powder mill in the area. The tour guides will illustrate the important role that the mill played in the winning of the Revolutionary War. 

Little Falls July 4th Street Fair
Main St, Little Falls
Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM
Come celebrate Independence Day with some live entertainment, kiddie rides, and gourmet food at the Little Falls 4th of July Street Fair. There will also be local vendors selling artisan crafts, collectibles, home decor, clothing and more. Kids will be able to make some sand art, get their face painted and play some fun games. This classic street fair has something for the whole family. 

New Jersey’s Declarations of Independence Reading
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, Somerville
Sunday, 2 PM – 3 PM
Take a trip to the Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage, one of George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War, for a reading of the Declaration of Independence and an open-house tour.

4th of July Fireworks Food Festival
Exchange Place PATH Station, Jersey City
Sunday, 12 PM – 10 PM
This free festival on Montgomery Street at the Exchange Place PATH Plaza is all about celebrating the 4th while supporting local small businesses. There will be a huge variety of food vendors like Simply Done and Tojo Kitchen so there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are also retail vendors selling goods like handmade jewelry, artwork and even a doggie food truck. 

Wildwood Crest Special 4th of July Show
Centennial Park, Wildwood Crest
Sunday, 7:30 PM
Grab the family for some live music by Don’t Call Me Francis and fireworks at the beach. Make sure to bring a chair or a blanket.

Guided Tours of the Whippany Burying Yard
Whippany Burying Yard, Whippany
Sunday, 10 AM – 12 PM
Head to the Whippany Burying Yard to take a tour of the oldest Colonial burial ground in Morris County and hear stories of the past from costumed tour guides. This family friendly event is free.

Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Celebration
Memorial Plaza, Ridgefield Plaza
Monday, 7:30 AM – 1 PM ; 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Come celebrate the 4th on the 5th at the The Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. The day is jam-packed with activities from the morning reading of the Declaration of Independence to a concert and fireworks to top it all off. Check out their website for the event schedule. 

Seaside Heights All American Variety Show
Franklin Avenue Stage, Seaside Heights
Monday, 7 PM – 9 PM
The Seaside Heights Monday Concert Series is kicking off this Monday with a patriotic variety show. The show will feature a rockin’ band, fun costumes and dancing.