It’s no secret that 4th of July is a big deal in America. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating a little thing called independence. Here at Best of NJ, 4th of July is our biggest event of the year. To celebrate, each year we put together the most comprehensive list of New Jersey events and fireworks displays you’ll find anywhere on the world wide web.

Of course, events and fireworks are only half the fun; which is why we also develop original editorials and features highlighting the best ways to enjoy the holiday weekend with friends, family and loved ones. From backyard barbecues to red, white & blue-themed recipes, we’ve got all the best content to make your 4th of July… well, the best!

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iPlay 4th of July Celebration

4th of July at iPlay America

When: July 4 from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Where: 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold
Details: Come to iPlay America this 4th of July and be a part of their annual celebration! iPlay is offering FREE unlimited rides all day to guests who purchase a Game Card of $10 or more. That’s $10 to spend at the arcade, plus unlimited rides all day. Rides include the Kite Flyer, Dizzy Dragon, Carousel, Spin Zone Bumper Cars & more!
More info: Click here for details!

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The Best 4th of July Features

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Get a Unique View of South Jersey’s Fireworks in Ocean City

As bright flashes of red, white and blue lights burst across the night sky, the annual fireworks displays along the Jersey Shore captivate South Jersey locals and visitors each Fourth of July. Every summer, eager observers make their way to the beach or the boardwalk to get a glimpse of the unique fireworks displays. But this summer, the Ocean City Fishing Center is offering a different and more personal way to catch the fireworks…

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DIY Flag Decorations for Summer Holidays

Want to make flag decorations on a budget? Fortunately there are a number of cute, affordable and easy options. Celebrate Flag Day or Independence Day with a star-studded door wreath, patriotic bunting or NJ-themed banner. These projects are so simple that the kids could pitch in and help out too. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to create your own flag decorations this summer…

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4th of July Party Ideas for Kids

Independence Day has become synonymous with backyard barbecues and cold brewskies. But Independence Day can also be the perfect holiday to celebrate with a neighborhood party or a big family gathering. So, rather than leaving the kids at home with a babysitter, why not add food, crafts and games the whole family will love? With just a few simple ideas, you can throw a holiday party that kids will love…

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The Best Recipes for a Homemade 4th of July BBQ

Aside from parades and fireworks, cookouts typically top the list of much-anticipated Fourth of July festivities. If you’re looking to take your grilling game to the next level, we’ve got just the thing: We asked the quartet of a New Jersey-based chef, caterer, nutritionist, and wine expert to share their recipes and recommendations…

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9 Best Red, White & Blue Cocktails for 4th of July

With parades from Paramus to Point Pleasant, fireworks from Finesville to Freehold, and barbecues from Bayonne to Buena Vista Township, no one celebrates Independence Day like New Jersey. Though the holiday weekend is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to add a splash of Jersey pride to your cocktails for 4th of July festivities…

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Historic July 4th Celebrations in NJ

For your Fourth of July celebration, maybe you’d like to go really old-school, as in colonial old-school. If so, you’re in luck! The Garden State is more than just a hotspot for fireworks displays. New Jersey is full of historic sites dating back to colonial times, and many of these spots hold special celebrations to commemorate our nation’s Independence…

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The Best Healthy Red, White and Blue Recipes for 4th of July BBQs

Nothing is more American than hosting a BBQ while waiting for your town’s fireworks to begin on 4th of July. But even though BBQs may be absolutely delicious (who can resist a second helping of your best friend’s macaroni salad, and those ice cream pops that are not just for kids?), they can lean toward the calorie-laden side of the recipes scale…

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The Best Year-Round Fireworks Events in NJ

We’re constantly updating our guide to fireworks as new events pop up. Typically, firework events are centered around New Year’s and Independence Day, but we periodically come across other firework events as well. Since fireworks always make for a fun night out, we’ve compiled a list of the Best Year-Round Fireworks in New Jersey…

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Family-Friendly July 4th Celebrations in NJ

Here’s to the red, white and blue! 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…

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Fireworks by Region

North Jersey Fireworks

Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex & Warren County

Central Jersey Fireworks

Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset & Union County

South Jersey Fireworks

Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester& Salem County

Jersey Shore Fireworks

Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean & Monmouth County

Helpful NJ Fireworks Tips:

It is always wise to check the information on each event yourself before you travel any great distance. Fireworks displays do get canceled and you should confirm the details if the weather looks iffy. You can easily check the borough, city or township website or Facebook page before you go. Make sure to double-check the showtimes and rain delay dates (if any).

Fireworks Displays almost always cause traffic nightmares. Our advice is to go early and park in a location that is as far away from the fireworks as possible, yet as close as possible to a major road. Another potential tactic is just to use a shuttle bus if one is available.

For outdoor events, don’t forget to bring a blanket. Even if it isn’t cold out (for instance, during Fourth of July fireworks events), it’s a good idea to have a blanket in the car. If the venue turns out to be in a park area, it’s never a bad idea to have a blanket to sit on during the show.

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