Fourth of July fireworks are a longstanding tradition in the United States and some of the nation’s best shows can be seen right here in New Jersey. We also offer some great small-town shows and celebrations in honor of Independence Day. Here are some of the best, all around the state:
1. Freedom And Fireworks Festival, Jersey City
Though the Macy's Fireworks will be held over the East River this year, New Jersey will still have its own show over the Hudson on July 4th. The festival will be held in Liberty State Park, starting at 1 p.m. with fireworks around 10.
2. Asbury Park Independence Day Celebration
Enjoy a farmers market by day and fireworks by night. Look for the sky to light up at the beach, beginning at 9 p.m. on July 4th.
3. Paterson Fireworks Spectacular
This stunning display is the largest in Passaic County. The show will take place over the beautiful Garret Mountain Reservation on July 4th at 8:30 p.m.
4. Atlantic City Fireworks
The Atlantic City fireworks show has been called one of the top five in the country. Snag a spot along the boardwalk on July 3rd, where fireworks from multiple barges and a marina platform will light up the entire city starting at 9:30.
5. Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club
Enjoy fireworks over the lake on July 3rd after sunset.
6. Blairstown Independence Day Festival
A full day of fun featuring everything from pet to pie contests, festivities start at 10:30 a.m. with fireworks ending the night at 9:00.
7. Oakhurst Fireworks
Head to Joe Palaia park on July 3rd for food and music starting at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
8. Camden Freedom Festival
This massive waterfront festival offers activities including military displays, special events on the Battleship New Jersey, live music, fun giveaways and more! Festivities run from July 3-6, with fireworks on the 5th at 9 p.m.
9. Oceanfest Fireworks, Long Branch
Heading to Long Branch is always a great way to spend a day but Oceanfest adds to the experience. On July 4th starting at 10 a.m. enjoy carnival acts, sand sculpting and fireworks at dusk.
10. Wildwood Fireworks + Festival
Take part in events all around Wildwood throughout the day and marvel at the fireworks show July 4th at 10 p.m.
11. Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks
Enjoy fireworks all summer long at Point Pleasant, with an extra special display on July 3rd at 9 p.m.
12. Princeton Fireworks
Picnic just outside the hallowed halls of Princeton University and enjoy a fireworks display on July 2nd at dusk.
13. Meadowlands Fair + Fireworks, East Rutherford
Take in fireworks at the fairgrounds on both July 3rd and 4th at 10. If the fair isn't your thing, head next door to the racetrack for a few races, the Money Machine promotion and fireworks after the last race.
14. Montclair Parade + Fireworks
Participate in the parade, pack a picnic and head to fireworks at Yogi Berra Stadium on July 4th at dusk. Concessions will be available starting at 7 p.m.
15. Summit Fireworks
This town hosts a full day of events, beginning with a flag raising at 9:45 a.m. Enjoy concerts, a carnival and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Though at least one of these shows is likely a short drive from your home, almost every town has its own festivities. Hackensack offers all day entertainment on the 4th and Califon hosts a multi-day festival. From High Point to Cape May, the skies will shine bright with red, white and blue this weekend!