New Jersey doesn't scrimp when it comes to celebrating July 4th. Fireworks displays hit near every small town around the state, plus New Jersey plays host to some of the largest Fourth of July fireworks in the whole country!
The good news: Macy’s celebrates the 40th anniversary of its July 4th fireworks show in 2016! The bad news: It's over the East River, which means no views for New Jersey. But our dear state is hosting several of its own amazing pyrotechnic spectaculars, as mentioned, including a beloved one right over the Hudson River: Jersey City's Freedom and Fireworks Festival. In honor of Independence Day, we've rounded up the biggest and best July 4th fireworks throughout the Garden State.
And for more ideas to keep little ones entertained over the long holiday weekend, check out our Summer Fun Guide, which includes recommendations for the best Jersey Shore family beaches, family fairs and festivals, and even 15 awesome water parks in New Jersey to keep your cool.
Freedom and Fireworks Festival (Jersey City, NJ)
With the Statue of Liberty as its backdrop, Jersey City will host a grand July 4th fireworks production over the Hudson, promising to be the biggest in the state. The all-day event, taking place at Liberty State Park, includes carnival rides, games, food and a free pre-fireworks concert. Crowds of over 100,000 are expected, so pack blankets or chairs and enjoy the patriotic party!
Atlantic City Fireworks (Atlantic City NJ)
Atlantic City boasts “one of the top five July 4th fireworks displays in the country.” Over 250,000 people are expected to flock to various viewing areas along the boardwalk, beach, Steel Pier or casinos. The can't-miss display is so big that it takes two ocean barges and a marina platform to light up the sky.
26th Annual Oceanfest (Long Branch, NJ)
Catch one of the biggest Fourth of July festivals in the state at Long Branch's 26th Annual Oceanfest. The festival runs from 10am to 10pm, rain or shine, along the half mile stretch of oceanfront Promenade between Seven Presidents Park and the Ocean Place Resort Spa. Family-friendly festivities include dancers, musicians, clowns, carnival acts, food, crafts and costumed characters. The Oceanfest finale is a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean at 9pm.
Wildwood Fourth of July Fireworks, Concert and More (Wildwood, NJ)
Fourth of July in the Wildwoods is chock full of family-friendly activities. Daytime events include The Independence Day Parade, The Patriotic Pooch Parade, the Fourth of July Beach ‘n Boardwalk Patriotic Run/Walk and the Fourth of July Boardwalk Craft Show. In the evening, grab a blanket or beach chair and enjoy some free pre-fireworks festivities including a 2pm concert by country music legend Tim McGraw. The fireworks begin at 10pm on the beach at Pine Avenue and will be visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods.
Jenkinson’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (Point Pleasant, NJ)
While Jenkinson’s presents a fireworks display every Thursday night throughout the summer, its July 4th event promises to be even more spectacular! Fireworks begin at nightfall, around 9pm, and can be seen throughout Point Pleasant Beach. There’s no admission to the beach, so bring a blanket and watch the show.
Fireworks at New Jersey State Fair (East Rutherford, NJ)
New Jersey’s biggest and most energetic fair is jam-packed with fun that includes rides, attractions, live performances, food and a two night fireworks extravaganza. There will be a fireworks display on both Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4th and promise to be a real “feast of the eye.” See website for July 4th admission prices and schedule.
Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival (Camden, NJ)
In honor of Independence Day, the Camden Waterfront boasts four days of family-fun activities. Daily events include military displays, Hippo Haven at Adventure Aquarium, all American fare, demonstrations aboard Battleship New Jersey and musical performances on the Wiggins Park Stage.
Image courtesy of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority
A version of this article first published in June 2013.