Looking for some good old American fun on our country’s birthday? A great tradition continues all over New Jersey as hundreds of towns commemorate our Independence Day. Whether you head to the Jersey Shore, catch a train into Manhattan or hop on a boat ride around the Hudson River, there are so many great places to watch the fireworks and celebrate this National Holiday.
I have been attending the festivities in Millburn Township since the 1960’s when my parents pushed me around in a stroller. I have many fond memories of eating my bright red popsicle and of watching my first fireworks on the high school football field. Check out most of the fun you can find in Essex and Union Counties!
For the last 15 years my partner Daniel Cannizzo and I have been Gold Sponsors of our township’s celebration with our sales associates from Towne Realty Group. Before that we convinced 20 of our colleagues at Burgdorff Realtors to get involved and help this worthy local cause.
We, along with our company sales associates have donated almost $10,000 to the 4th of July Committee of Millburn and Short Hills. As I plan to take my own child with me for yet another year (seven years to be exact) of festivities, I wanted to share a few of the events happening in the local towns. To see what is going on all over the state, check out this list of activities for 4th of July fun in NJ.
4th of July Celebration in Millburn Township 9:00am – 10:00pmThe Fourth of July Celebration begins in Taylor Park in Millburn, NJ between Main Street and Millburn Avenue – the fun begins at 9:00am and goes until 3:00pm with rides, duck races, pony rides, and refreshments will be available.
There is also a reenactment of Independence Day with people who dress in actual clothing of 1776 and authentic canons are fired. With bouncy toys, a little train ride that circles the park and big fire trucks that the kids can sit in, there is fun for every age.
Fireworks begin at 9:00pm at the football field at Millburn Senior High School on Millburn Avenue — gates open at 7:00pm
Tickets in advance $12.00, day of event $10.00, Fireworks only $5:00pm.
4th of July Celebration in the City of Summit, NJ 9:45 am-10:00 pm
The 64th Annual Celebration will be held on Monday, and Memorial Field will be the site for both the morning and evening celebration events.
At 9:45 AM there is a Flag Raising Ceremony. The Childrens Decorated Bicycle Parade begins at 10:00 AM. Pre-school through 10 years of age are invited to decorate their bikes in the most patriotic fashion. Following the Bicycle Parade, a childrens concert with Polka Dot will entertain the children. Novelty rides, ponies, crafts, games of chance and carnival attractions will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
At 11:30, it is time for a concert for everyone with The Kootz, a Rock and Roll band. At 12 Noon, the Summit Emergency Services join for their annual battle on the Softball Field at Memorial. Summit Fire Department, Police Department and EMS battle it out for the coveted Chamber of Commerce Trophy.
An evening concert featuring The Cameos on the big stage, starts at 7:45 PM. The talented nine piece vocal harmony group who create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 1950s and 60s. The Grand Fireworks Display starts at 9:15 PM in the sky over Memorial Field. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for a glorious show,
Ashland Road closes at 6 PM. So come early and enjoy the show.
Starting at 8 am at Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village, right next to the parking lot of the train station, the festivities begin. From a bike parade to softball games, a circus and an adoption day for pets by the Jersey Animal Coalition, there is a lot of fun to be had at Memorial Park in Maplewood.
STARTING JUNE 30th you can see fireworks in several towns!!
Fairfield, NJ – Recreation Complex, 5:30 pm Festivities begin 7:30 pm a concert is by ‘The Infernos’. Lots of food, tattoo artists, face painting and finally fireworks. No Raindate.
Verona, NJ – Verona High School fireworks at dusk. Rain Date: July 1st
JULY 1st in Newark, NJ – Branch Brook Park fireworks at dusk.
July 4th fireworks continue in many areas!
Essex Fells, Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Caldwell & Roseland – jointly sponsored with fireworks at James Caldwell High School, 265 Westville Ave., West Caldwell, NJ – gates open 7:30 for food and fun + DJ. Fireworks at Dusk. Call 973-228-6981 for details
Montclair, NJ – July 4th – Fireworks at dusk at Yogi Berra Stadium
West Orange, NJ – July 4th – West Orange High School fun begins at 5:30
Cranford, NJ – July 4th – Canoe races begin 8:00 am then on to Firecracker Run, Bicycle Decorating, Egg Toss, Races and fireworks at Nomahegan Park Raindate: fireworks only on July 5th
Mountainside, NJ – July 4th Fireworks at dusk at Our Lady of Lourdes Church baseball field. 300 Central Ave., Mountainside call 908-232-8100
Springfield, NJ – July 4th starting at 5:00 pm at Meisel Avenue Park. Fireworks at dusk – Raindate: next clear night. call 973-912-2200
If you happen to miss the 4th of July fireworks, Berkeley Heights, NJ almost always has their amazing display 10 days later on July 15th and they are AMAZING. Here is a video that shows the grand finale from a few years ago.
Remember don’t take your dogs near the fireworks! The noise will upset them and you will hear a lot of barking. Small children should also wear ear plugs and you have to be prepared to leave quickly if the noise is too frightening.