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!


Statewide Fireworks Events

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Somerset Patriots Fireworks Nights!

Friday, May 11, 2018 - Saturday, September 8, 2018: Join in for everybody’s favorite promotion: FIREWORKS! The Somerset Patriots have 19 FIREWORKS Nights planned for the 2018 Season. Check website for schedule.


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Leonia Sports Booster Club Carnival

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Sunday, July 8, 2018: Enjoy exciting midway rides for all ages, carnival games, favorite fair food and Fourth of July fireworks at this family-friendly annual event benefiting local competitive youth sports. Info


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Montville Township 4th of July Celebration

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018: Carnival with 21 incredible rides (many kiddie rides too) Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Kiddie Town magic shows, face painting, balloon animals and crafts. Saturday 1 – 3pm. Hot Dog eating …


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Independence Day Celebration at Historic Cold Spring Village

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Sunday, July 1, 2018: Celebrate all things American at Historic Cold Spring Village’s annual Independence Day Celebration. A variety of patriotic family activities, programs and music will be taking place. The Village's restored historic …


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July 4th Fest at Six Flags

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it's the ultimate American tradition. June 30 thru July 4 Six Flags is the premiere destination to celebrate our country, enjoy the summer, and share great …


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14th Annual Freedom Festival

Saturday, June 30, 2018: Fireworks/Live Music/Rides/Food/Drinks. Free admission! Info


Sayreville Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, June 30, 2018: Children's Rides & Games, Food Court, Hot Dog eating contest and spectacular Fireworks Display starts approximately 9:30pm Rain date: July 1st Info


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Morris Plains 2018 Family Day & Fireworks

Saturday, June 30, 2018: Bring the whole family for this fun-filled event! Fireworks at 9:30pm. Info


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Red White Blue BBQ

Saturday, June 30, 2018: Happy 4th of July! Free Bandanna to the first 500 fans! Featuring BBQ Specials & Dollar Dog Night! Gates Open at 5:00 pm / Qualifying at 5:45 / Features Start at …


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Barnegat July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Saturday, June 30, 2018: Concert at 7:00 pm “REUNITED.” Fireworks at dusk. Info


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Independence Day at Historic Village at Allaire

Sunday, July 1, 2018: The members of the Howell Iron Works celebrate the founding of our nation with the Independence Day Celebration. Experience a day in the life of people during the 1830s. Participate …


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Borough of Lavallette Fireworks

Sunday, July 1, 2018: At the Centennial Gardens and Gazebo Concert Begins at 8pm Fireworks at 9pm. Info


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Highland Park Music & Fireworks in the Park

Monday, July 2, 2018: Festivities begin at 5pm. Fireworks begin at 9:20pm. Celebrate with your Community! Come for dinner and dessert! A wide variety of food vendors will be on-hand! Live Music, Youth Theater …


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Maplewood 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Maplewood invites you to an All Day Fun-filled Fourth of July Celebration — truly a full day of family fun. Car show, live music, fireworks, food vendors. Info


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Lower Township Concert & Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Independence Day Festival! Fireworks Festival Begins at 5:00 pm - Fireworks at 9:00 pm. Rides, Food, Entertainment. Fun for all! Info


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Perth Amboy Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: A day of fabulous fun, food and festivities culminating in a world-class fireworks extravaganza! View at Sadowski Parkway on the waterfront. Festival: 5 pm - 9:30 pm. Fireworks at approximately …


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Franklin Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Live music, food trucks, kids activities & fireworks. Info


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Medford Independence Day Celebration 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Independence Day Celebration at Freedom Park! Food Court, Vendors, Fireworks Display and more! Info


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Barrington Independence Day Parade & Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Parade starts at railroad tracks up Clements Bridge Rd and ends at the Municipal Building. After the parade, there will be fireworks at Woodland School beginning at dusk Info


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Haddon Township Happy Birthday America Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Gates open at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 3rd at the Haddon Township High School Football Stadium. “High Fidelity” band will entertain the crowd and fireworks will be shot off …


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Keansburg Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, 4. Keansburg Amusement Park @ dusk


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Saddle Brook Annual Fireworks Display

Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Saddle Brook Annual Fireworks Display! Fireworks display begins at 9pm. Info


Fireworks at State Fair Meadowlands

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Enjoy 2 fireworks shows! Info


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Mount Holly's Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: This annual family event features live music performing right before the start of the fireworks at dusk. There will be plenty of children's activities, food vendors from around the region, …


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5K Race For Recovery on July 4th

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Come support The Market Street Mission and those struggling to free themselves from addiction. Rain or shine. Info


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4th of July at Office Tavern Grill

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: 4th of July All Day Party! Opening at 8:00 AM for Brunch Kids under 12 Eat Free Complimentary Bar Food (Wings, Sliders, Hot Dogs, Pretzels & More!) Happy Hour Drink …


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Marlton Park 4th of July

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: All-day celebration on Saturday, July 4 at Marlton Park. The day begins at Marlton with the annual Woodstown-Pilesgrove (W-PBA)Firecracker 5K run. Includes a parade at 10 am and fireworks at …


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Evesham July 4th Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: The day begins with the Marlton Mayor's Cup Run starting at 8:30 am, followed by the Bike Parade for kids and parents pushing babies in strollers and wagons. The July …


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Riverton 4th of July 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Riverton will be having many events on 4th of July this year. 5k Race, Fun Walk, Children's Parade, Pet Pageant, Raft Race and More! See website for times and details.


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Cranford 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: 9:00 am Cane Races (Canoe Club), 9:00 am Firecracker Four Miler (Nomahegan Park), 2:00 pm Rides & Games (Nomahegan Park), 9:15 pm Fireworks (Nomahegan Park) Info


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Historic Smithville 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Celebrate our Nations’ birth! Historic Smithville has the largest Fourth of July parade in all of New Jersey. The parade will start at 9 a.m. with an expected 10,000 people …


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July 4th Bike Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Assoc. Registration 9:00am at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Parade begins at 10am. For more information call 609-399-6111. Info


Livingston's Auto Fest

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Antique Cars, Collector Cars, Muscle Cars, Motorcycles, Trophies for Top 20 Voted Cars, Food, DJ entertainment. Info


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Ridgewood 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Flag raising starts at 9:00 am, parade begins at 10:00 am, gates open at 6:00 pm at Veterans Field for evening entertainment and fireworks.  Info


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Chatham 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Parade Theme: "Hooked on Chatham" Info


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4th Of July @ iPlay America!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Celebrate July 4th at iPlay America with their annual celebration! Get FREE Unlimited Rides all day with the purchase of a game card of $10 or higher! That’s FREE Unlimited …


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Diggerland 4th of July

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: What is more American than operating the very machinery that built this great country? Drive, ride and operate Real Heavy Machinery to celebrate Independence Day! Info


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Little Falls 4th of July Street Fair

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: The street will be transformed into a giant town block party. There will be merchandise vendors, crafters, kiddie rides, great food, Pony rides, and entertainment all day long. Come hungry …


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Oaklyn’s Fourth of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Oaklyn’s Fourth of July Parade, Tuesday, July 4 | 10 AM. Beechwood & Johnson Avenues, Oaklyn. Info


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Woodstown 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: July 4th is a special day in Woodstown NJ as the entire town takes part in Salem County's biggest Independence Day celebration. Every home boasts a flag and every porch has …


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4th of July Potluck Party

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: 4th of July Potluck Party with 23 Piece Latin Big Band Montclair! This is the potluck party of the year! Its like the heart of Montclair converges for an explosion of …


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Blairstown 4th of July

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Features Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Contests, Live Music, Petting Zoo, Blacksmith, Dunk Tank, Food and More. Info


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Titusville 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: This event includes an afternoon of balloons, face painting, food, ice cream, music, children’s parades, and the feature event - The Big Parade. Rain date of July 7th.  Info


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Hammonton Independence Day Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Enjoy a festive display of floats at the annual Downtown Hammonton Fourth of July parade. Info


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Montclair 4th of July

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Parade at 11:00 am at Bloomfield Avenue. The town picnic will immediately follow the parade and at Edgemont Park. Fireworks will take place that night at Yogi Berra Stadium. Info


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Panther Lake July 4th

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: 11am Color Time Fun - Pavilion, 3pm Jay Jay the Bubble Man  -Playground, 7pm Paint & Sip - Pavilion   Info


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Haddon Township Independence Day Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th with Haddon Township's annual Township parade! After the parade, bring the whole family to the pool, which is free to the public and open until …


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Clifton Picnic & Fireworks Display

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Great food, crafts, health screenings, clowns, free activities and rides for the children. The fireworks display will be held at the Clifton High School Stadium beginning at dusk following the …


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Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: It’s exciting. It’s epic! Come one, come all to the biggest Independence Day celebration in New Jersey. Enjoy a full-day filled with live music, super fun amusement rides, and a mouth-watering …


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Milltown 4th of July

Wednesday, July 4, 2018: The day will include Fishing Derby, 5k Run, parade, free hot dogs and beverages, rides and inflatables, contests, music, vendors and fireworks! For address and time visit their website. 


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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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