Updated on July 9, 2013. Today we’re packing away our Fireworks guide for this year. We’ll be back next year with more of the great coverage you’ve come to expect of us.
We travel to fireworks displays all over the state and we’ve included some of our favorite photographs from our travels. We hope you enjoy them. If you have any that you’d like to share, let us know and we’ll post yours too.
We leave you with some of our favorite displays and some that continue through the summer.
Fireworks by Date
Calendar showing where & when fireworks are being held
Upcoming List showing where & when fireworks are being held
East Rutherford, State Fair Meadowlands Fireworks:
Wednesday, July 3 & Thursday, July 4, 2013 State Fair Meadowlands will sponsor a fireworks display on Tuesday, July 3 & Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the fairgrounds. The show is scheduled for 10:45 each night. There’s a ton of things to do at the fair for the whole family. Admission to the fair ranges between $7.00 to $9.00 per person. The fairgrounds are located in East Rutherford next to Meadowlands Stadium.
Ridgewood NJ Fireworks & Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013: This is one of our favorite fireworks displays in the entire state. It is a great little show put on by a warm and open community! The Fire Department is one of the main reasons that this celebration is so successful here. They show up with a giant rig and display one of the largest American Flags that I’ve ever seen. It must measure at least 50 feet tall. Ridgewood New Jersey is celebrating the 102nd anniversary of their July 4th festival and the theme this year is Born in New Jersey.
The day begins at 9:00 AM with a flag raising, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. At 10:00 there will be an Independence Day Parade featuring local rescue and emergency squads, antique cars, bands and more. At 6:00 PM there will be a celebratory concert featuring the Illumination Twirlers, Miss Patti’s School of Dance, Toxic Figz, Flyin’ Angels Skydivers sponsored by Tarvin Realtors, The New Jersey Brass Quintet, Mack Brandon and the Connection and Crush – the Band. The festivities are introduced by mayor Killion. The grand finale is the fireworks show sponsored by Applebee’s and the Shannon Rose The fireworks go off after the gates are closed at 9:00 PM.
Maplewood: 111th July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013: Maplewood is proud of its tradition of Independence Day Celebrations going back over 100 years. The full day of events begins very early at 7:30 with a 4th of July 5K run. At 7:45 there’s an opening patriotic ceremony at Ricalton Square that’s the kickoff for the parade that begins at 8:15 a.m. The parade features decorated bikes and community entries. The parade ends at the athletic field. All day long the town has events scheduled. There are races of all types, ice cream eating contests, tennis contests, baking competitions, softball, karaoke,art installations and student displays.
Later in the day there will be performances by the Zerbini Family Circus. The Zerbini circus is an eighth generation circus that features dog and pony shows, juggling, clowns and acrobats. There will also be pony rides, camel rides, slides and inflatables. The day will end with a community picnic and live music. There will be ice cream, hot dogs, soda and food from “Blue Plate Special”. The long day of festivities will come to a fitting close with a fireworks display at about 9:00 p.m. Tickets to the festivites and fireworks will be a $10.00 tag that helps pay for the event. The rain date for the fireworks is the 5th.
Montclair Parade, Picnic & Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2013 Montclair celebrates the 4th with one long day full of activities. It all starts with a truly original parade in the morning. It features your normal 4th of July entries like community floats and fire engines but adds unique entries like the Mummers from the Fralinger String Band of Philadelphia that will have a zombie themed performance of “Back from the Dead”. Other standouts for the parade include the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band, The Bolivian dance troupe Corporales San Simon, The St. Columcille United Gaelic Band and The Wayne Raiders performing “The Raven: A Descent Into Madness”.
The festivities continue with a community picnic at Edgemont Park that features a Hawaiian barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream from Applegate Farms. There will be arts and crafts on displays, face painting, magic shows, sand art and a drum circle. The fireworks display will be staged at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University. The fireworks will start a little after sundown and there will be no rain date for them. If it rains, the parade will go on but the park events and the fireworks will be cancelled. To get the latest information check the town website or TV34.
Weehawken and New Jersey Hudson River Towns, Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2013: The biggest fireworks show in America is back on the Jersey side again for 2013. That makes the New Jersey communities of Weehawken and Hoboken very happy indeed. They will both be great spots to view Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular. The staging area for the fireworks is directly across from Weehawken and in front of the Intrepid. The entire show is staged on barges that will be anchored from 24th Street to 50th Street in Manhattan.
Florham Park NJ Fireworks & 4th of July Celebrations
Thursday, July 4, 2013: Florham Park has been throwing a party for the 4th of July for over 50 years and it seems that everything is lined up for a repeat celebration this year. Here’s their extensive schedule of events for the day as it was listed last year:
9:00 AM Flag Raising Ceremony at Firehouse #1 on Brooklake Road
9:30 AM Parade begins (Rain or Shine) at Ridgedale Ave. and Brooklake Road Road
10:30–3:00 PM Family Picnic at the Borough Hall Lawn—Featuring Rides and Games Like:
5-in-1 Patriotic Combo
Patriotic Mega Obstacle Course
3 in 1 Sports Challenge
24 foot Giant Slide
18 foot High Striker Hammer & Ball
11:45 AM Presentation of Parade Trophies by Mayor Taylor
12 PM–3:00 PM Social Garden (must be over 21 to enter, mug purchase (required to enter).
$6.00 mug purchase required to enter.
Music provided by Lonni Youngblood
1:00 PM to 3PM: Little Red Schoolhouse Museum
9:00 PM Fireworks begin. Refreshments Available.
Beer (certain restrictions apply)
Pizza, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream & Italian Ice are available as cash sales.
For more information on Florham Park’s Fourth see their website. It is one of the best 4th of July websites in the whole state. It is full of information and it includes a great collection of photos. Florham Park is east of Morristown near exit 37 on I 287.
Morristown Revolutionary Times Celebration & Fireworks:
Thursday, July 4, 2013 For the past several years Morristown has celebrated its revolutionary history with Revolutionary Times. This year the celebration has moved to the fourth of July, a more patriotic time of year when families are on vacation and available to enjoy the celebration. Revolutionary Times has also been combined with an annual tradition by the Morristown National Historical Park – the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This year the recitation of the Declaration of Independence will be held on the historic Morristown Green at 12:30 p.m. The reading will be by the Morristown National Historical Park staff followed by a few words to acknowledge the 80th Anniversary of the MNHP, the first designated national historic park, which opened to the public on July 4, 1933.
Remarks will be followed by music, family-fun crafts, games and activities and a performance by the Morris Music Men Barbershop Quartet. The National Anthem will be sung by local Morristown resident, 12-year-old Audra Stowers. In addition, later at 7 p.m. that evening, the Town of Morristown will sponsor a dazzling fireworks display for the public to enjoy at Sunrise Lake Beach at Lewis Morris County Park, where there will be picnicking, performances by the Fifes and Drums Corps of the Old Barracks and the Solid Brass Ensemble, with fireworks at nightfall. The National Anthem will be performed by the award-winning “Whistling Entertainer of the Year,” local resident Joe Sodano.
All events are free to the public. Parking is free all day in downtown Morristown garages and at Lewis Morris County Park. Shuttles will be available to Sunrise Lake Beach from distant Lewis Morris parking lots. It is advisable to bring a flashlight if attending the fireworks.
The daytime activities and the evening fireworks will be held weather permitting. For event updates please call 973-631-5151 on July 4th.
The partners for this event include: the Washington Association of New Jersey, North Jersey American Revolution Round Table, Daughters of the American Revolution/Schuyler-Hamilton House, Crossroads of the American Revolution Heritage Association, The Town of Morristown, Morris County Park Commission, Morristown National Historical Park, Morris Arts, Swiss Chalet Bakery, Morris County Tourism Bureau and the New Jersey Star-Ledger as media sponsor.
Washington Township, NJ Fireworks Festival —- (not a July 4th event):
Saturday, September 21, 2013: Washington Township does not stage their fireworks on the 4th. In years past the extravaganza was scheduled just before the holiday. Recently the township moved the event to September. This year the festival is celebrating the 275th birthday of the township. The Washington Township Community Events Organization or the WTCEO will present the Kevin M. Walsh Fireworks Festival and Long Valley Parade on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Long Valley Middle School. The parade starts at 4:00 PM and the fireworks festival goes from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The festival features live music, clowns, food and beer.
WTCEO Fireworks Festival
Time: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Long Valley Middle School
Vernon NJ Fireworks:
Saturday, July 6, 2013 The Vernon Township Fire Department & the Highland Lakes Fire Department are sponsoring their annual fundraising fireworks display. The gates open at 6:00 p.m. The fireworks will be staged on the fields between Lounsberry Hollow Middle School and Rolling Hills Primary School. This is a great event for the whole family that supports the local fire departments. The cost of admission if $15.00 per immediate family or a carload of 4 people. There is free parking available for the show. The rain date is on July the 7th.
Fireworks by Region
Top 10 Displays, Photo Gallery & More
Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex & Warren County
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset & Union County
Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester& Salem County
Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean & Monmouth County