Summer in the Garden State equals sandy beaches, backyard barbecues and fun in the sun. From fireworks celebrations for the Fourth of July to surf and turf at the racetrack, there are so many fabulous events the whole family can enjoy this month. Check out our list of the 12 best festivals happening in New Jersey this July.

Independence Day Celebration

july festivalsWhere: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 U.S. 9, Cape May
When: July 1 & 2 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Price: $12 for adults, $10 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 3
Details: Celebrate our nation’s independence with a variety of patriotic activities for the whole family. Historic flags will be on display as you learn “The Story of Old Glory” or check out music by the John Walter Cape Community Band. Young visitors can act as spies and find clues hidden around the village, then turn in their answer sheets for a special prize.
More info: Independence Day Celebration or call 609-898-2300


Oceanfest at Long Branch

july festivalsWhere: 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch
When: July 4 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The biggest Independence Day celebration in New Jersey is back for its 27th year. Over 250,000 people will gather for music, food, crafts and other fun activities. Stroll the beach to see sand sculptures and enjoy the ocean breeze, and don’t miss the magnificent fireworks display at 9:00 pm!
More info: Oceanfest or call 732-222-0400


Freedom Festival

july festivalsWhere: Wiggins Park Marina, Riverside Drive, Camden
When: July 4 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Music from Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and WAR THE BAND make this a rockin’ good time with food, vendors and a Tonewood Brewing beer garden that opens at 2:30 pm. The Wawa Welcome America fireworks show begins at 9:30 pm on the Camden Waterfront to cap off a great evening.
More info: Freedom Festival or call 856-541-7222


New Jersey State Barbecue Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival

july festivalsWhere: 201 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood
When: July 7 from 4:00 to 11:00 pm, July 8 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and July 9 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Live cooking classes and demonstrations, plus a championship barbecue competition are on deck for this mouth-watering festival. Check out national and regional blues musicians performing at the Anglesea Blues Festival, held in conjunction with the Barbecue Championship. Live bands are featured on the main stage outdoors, as well as in neighborhood clubs and bars.
More info: New Jersey State Barbecue Championship or call 609-523-6565


Blueberry Festival

july festivalsWhere: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
When: July 8, 9, 15 & 16 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $6.99 for pick-your-own admission or $17.99 for children’s all-day activity pass
Details: Enjoy one of New Jersey’s favorite fruits, the blueberry, at the annual Blueberry Festival. Sample tasty treats like blueberry shortcake, blueberry ice cream, blueberry cake pops and more! Take a hayride to the blueberry patch to pick your own blueberries and have fun on the moon bounce, tractor train rides, pony rides and the corn kingdom.
More info: Blueberry Festival or call 908-528-8823


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival

 july festivalsWhere: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, Mt. Carmel Lane, Hammonton
When: July 11-16 at various times
Price: Free admission
Details: Carnival rides, live music, a beer garden, food and fireworks are some of the highlights at the longest-running Italian festival in the country. Purchase $25 wristbands on Wednesday & Thursday night for unlimited access to rides. Live entertainment is featured nightly on the main stage and in the beer garden.
More info: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival or call 609-561-4818


Festival of Nature

july festivalsWhere: Wagner Farm Arboretum, 197 Mountain Avenue, Warren
When: July 15 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: $20 for children, $15 for adults ($65 for family pass)
Details: View hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and vultures perform three free-flight shows at the Festival of Nature. Visitors can also feed butterflies, check out a petting zoo, meet a timber wolf, and attend a live bee exhibit, plus enjoy food, music, vendors, a 50/50 raffle and more.
More info: Festival of Nature or call 908-350-7383


Surf & Turf Seafood Fest

july festivalsWhere: Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport
When: July 15 & 16 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $5 for adults, free for children 12 & under
Details: Bring the kids along for Family Fun Day at Monmouth Park, featuring pony rides, face painting and a bouncy house. The Seafood Festival showcases dozens of local food vendors offering delicious specialties, such as Tony’s Clam Bar, Ike’s Famous Crabcakes and Jersey Johnny’s Grill.
More info: Surf & Turf Seafood Festival or call 732-747-4449


Gloucester County 4-H Fair

july festivalsWhere: 4-H Fairgrounds, 275 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
When: July 27-30 at various times
Price: $10 donation per carload
Details: Check out 4-H exhibits and projects, as well as livestock demonstrations and competitions. Rides, games, music, parades, crafts, food and a nightly barbecue with local produce and delicious desserts are all on hand at the annual 4-H Fair.
More info: Gloucester County 4-H Fair or call 856-307-6450


The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

july festivalsWhere: Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station
When: July 28-30 at various times
Price: $35 for adults, $15 for children, free for kids 3 & under
Details: This can’t-miss event is a New Jersey favorite! Witness spectacular hot air balloons on display and enjoy live music, magic shows, rides and family entertainment. Discount tickets are available if purchased online prior to the festival.
More info:
Balloon Festival or call 973-882-5464


Peach Party

july festivalsWhere: 209 Vine Street, Hammonton
When: July 29 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Head to downtown Hammonton’s for the fifth annual Peach Party. You’ll find lots of yummy peach-inspired foods, just peachy activities, the Peach Fuzz Baby contest and fun activities for the whole family.
More info: Peach Party or call 609-567-9014


Summer Festival

july festivalsWhere: Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick
When: July 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Want to learn more about gardening in the Garden State? Celebrate summer at Rutgers Gardens with an afternoon full of free tours, classes, activities and demonstrations. Children and adults are welcome.
More info: Summer Festival or call 732-932-8451


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