New Jersey, though small in geographical stature, has a plethora of options all up and down the state where you can celebrate July 4th. From North to Central to South Jersey, we’ve got you covered on where to find the best celebrations, displays, and views.
Freedom and Fireworks Festival (Jersey City, NJ)
Nestled just south of New York City, but far enough removed from the madness of Manhattan, you can catch a grand production of fireworks with the Statue of Liberty in the background. Fireworks will explode over the Hudson river at night, but get there early — the event takes place all day at Liberty State Park, where there will be carnival rides, food, concerts, games and more! Don’t forget to bring your beach chairs.
26th Annual Oceanfest (Long Branch, NJ)
If you’re going to stick around the center of the state, hit up Long Branch’s 26th Annual Oceanfest, which runs along a half mile stretch of beach and boardwalk. Open 10 am to 10 pm, you’ll see musicians, carnival entertainment, food, crafts, shopping, face-painters and more… Oh, and fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean at 9 pm, of course.
Atlantic City Fireworks (Atlantic City NJ)
The fireworks in historic Atlantic City tout “one of the top five July 4th displays in the country,” and they’re not kidding. The sky over the ocean will light up at night, while daytime activities include hitting the pier for games and rides, shopping, casinos and more! If you have the luxury to, why not say overnight in one of the oceanfront hotels?