This article was originally written by Laurie Rein. It has since been updated by an additional contributor.

Independence Day is the biggest celebration of the summer season. While New Jersey offers tons of spectacular fireworks to top off the holiday, the celebrating doesn’t have to wait until the evening. There are an abundance of family friendly July 4th festivals and events happening throughout the day, perfect for little ones who can’t stay up for the fireworks. Make this Fourth of July an all-day (or even all-weekend) affair at the following festivities.

July 4th Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson
When: June 30, July 1-4 from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Admission prices vary, see website for details
Details: Have a thrilling, action-packed Independence Day at Six Flags Great Adventure. On Saturday through Wednesday, spend an energetic day on daring thrill rides and fun family rides, then get festive with live music and dazzling fireworks at 10:00 pm.
More info: www.sixflags.com or call 732-928-2000.


Independence Day Celebration at Longstreet Farm

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel
When: July 4 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Party like it’s 1895 at Historic Longstreet Farm. Visitors will get the chance to explore 19th century Independence Day customs, with music, games, contests and old-fashioned fun. Plus, stop in to visit the farm animals while you’re there.
More info: www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-946-3758.


Oceanfest

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch
When: July 4 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Long Branch’s annual extravaganza by the shore is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day. Festivities include live entertainment, food vendors galore, crafts, clowns, sand sculptures, costume characters and much more. Top off the evening with a brilliant fireworks display, starting at 9:00 pm.
More info: www.oceanfestnj.com or call 732-222-0400.


4th of July Celebration & Food Truck Festival

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: Soldiers Memorial Field, 5 Myrtle Avenue, Summit
When: July 4 from 9:30 am to 9:15 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy a day chock full of holiday fun at Summit’s annual family friendly festival. The fair offers something for everyone, with activities such as a children’s bike parade, carnival rides and games, and live music. Stick around for dinner at the Food Truck Festival, followed by the grand fireworks display.
More info: www.summitcommunityprograms.com or call 908-277-2932.


Randolph Freedom Festival

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph
When: June 28 through June 30, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: No need to wait until Wednesday for holiday fun. Rejoice in pre-July 4th festivities at this 3-day gala, beginning Thursday evening. Carnival rides, games, food, raffles and much more are all part of the excitement. Saturday night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.
More info: www.randolphkiwanis.org


4th of July at iPlay America

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: 110 Schanck Road, Freehold
When: July 4 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Ride and game prices vary
Details: Beat the July 4th heat at this indoor amusement park! Kids will love the theme park games and rides, such as bumper cars, go karts and laser tag. Take advantage of their holiday special and enjoy a free unlimited ride pass when purchasing a $10 game card.
More info: www.iplayamerica.com or call 732-577-8200.


82nd Annual 4th of July Celebration

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: Memorial Oval, Robert Harp Drive, Livingston
When: July 4 from 9:00 am to 9:15 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Going strong in its 82nd year, this holiday tradition kicks off with an auto show, followed by all-day activities, rides, games, contests, food trucks and a concert. The evening wraps up with beautiful fireworks scheduled for 9:15 pm.
More info: www.livingstontownship.org or call 973-992-5000.


Blairstown Fourth

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail, Blairstown
When: July 4 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: This annual festival promises a full day of celebratory fun for the whole family. Featured activities include balloon tossing, a dunk tank, a petting zoo, food, bounce houses and much more! Don’t miss the Rubber Ducky race, sponsored by Blairstown Rotary Club.
More info: www.blairstownfourth.org or call 908-854-9645.


Mercer County Freedom Festival

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: Mercer County Park Festival Grounds, West Windsor
When: June 30 from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: At the 14th annual Freedom Festival, you’ll hear live music by Cherry Crush Band and The Jump Off. The festival will have plenty of carnival rides, food and, of course, fireworks.
More info: http://mercercountyparks.org/ or call 609-454-4197.


Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

Family Friendly July 4th Celebrations
Where: Exchange Place, Jersey City
When: July 4, Noon to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy a full-day filled with live music, fun amusement rides and mouthwatering eats and drinks. A Kids’ Zone will feature rides the whole family can enjoy. Festivities end with a fireworks extravaganza set against the New York City skyline.
More info: http://freedomandfireworks.com/.


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