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 11 best festivals happening in New Jersey this July.

Independence Day Celebration

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Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 U.S. 9, Cape May
When: June 30 & July 1 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Price: $14 for adults, $12 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 live music and stroll the grounds. Restored historic buildings will be open for tours and demonstrations of Early American trades and crafts.
More info: Independence Day Celebration or call 609-898-2300

Oceanfest at Long Branch

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Where: 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 28th 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

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Where: Wiggins Park Marina, Riverside Drive, Camden
When: July 4 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Music from The Spinners and Eddie Money make this a rockin’ good time with food, vendors and a Tonewood Brewing beer garden. 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

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Where: 201 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood
When: July 13 from 4:00 to 11:00 pm, July 14 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and July 15 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

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Where: Mood’s Farm Market, 901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
When: July 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Like blueberries? Then you’ll want to head over to the annual Blueberry Festival at Mood’s Farm Market. Enter your best recipe in the Blueberry Dessert Competition or relax and enjoy live music from the Jazztones and The One Way Express. Kids will enjoy face-painting and picking blueberries. Food, including burgers, hot dogs, blueberry donuts, blueberry milkshakes and more, is available for purchase.
More info: Blueberry Festival or call 856-478-2500

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival

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Where: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, Mt. Carmel Lane, Hammonton
When: July 10-16 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 and Sunday nights 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

Surf & Turf Seafood Fest

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Where: Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport
When: July 14 & 15 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 Italian Sausage, Tacoholics and Joe Smoke Bar-B-Que.
More info: Surf & Turf Seafood Festival or call 732-747-4449

Gloucester County 4-H Fair

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Where: 4-H Fairgrounds, 275 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
When: July 26-29 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

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Where: Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station
When: July 27-29 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

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Where: 209 Vine Street, Hammonton
When: July 28 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Head to downtown Hammonton for the sixth 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 Fest

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Where: Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick
When: July 28 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
Price: $5 for adults, children under 17 are free
Details: WWant 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

Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.

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