Independence Day is right around the corner and you know what that means: Plenty of fireworks! Though aerial fireworks are still illegal in New Jersey, they are permitted when part of a public fireworks display, and lucky for you, there are plenty of mesmerizing fireworks shows happening this year for you to get your fix. From public shows, to live music and food trucks, here is where to see Fourth of July fireworks in NJ.
Hosted by the Kiwanis Club, Randolph Township presents its annual Freedom Festival running from July 6-8 at the County College of Morris Lot 1. Each night, there will be carnival games, rides, select food and drink options, a beer garden, music, and a variety of craft vendors offered from 6-11 p.m. DJ Nick and the Jerseytones will make an appearance alongside the end-of-night fireworks spectacular on Saturday, July 8 with a rain date of Sunday, July 9.
Tropicana Atlantic City Fireworks
Atlantic City, NJ
The Tropicana in Atlantic City hosts fireworks shows each Saturday throughout the summer, but they will also host a fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. This free event includes ocean-front fireworks that can be viewed from the boardwalk.
Elizabeth’s Fourth of July Celebration
The city of Elizabeth and the Department of Recreation presents their annual Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from 2-9:30 p.m., with fireworks starting at 9:00 p.m. Free admission is offered for guests to enjoy food trucks, photo booths, music, games, and more. Located at Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park, it is a night of patriotic family fun that you don’t want to miss.
Camden July Fourth Festival and Fireworks
The City of Camden is hosting a fireworks show for the whole family to enjoy this Fourth of July at Wiggins Waterfront Park. Starting at 5 p.m., the event will include plenty of live music, food, drinks, and, of course, fireworks. The show kicks off with a performance from Tri-County Symphonic Band, then Tara Hendricks at 6 p.m., UB40 at 8 p.m., and fireworks set to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Freedom Festival and Fireworks
From 5-9 p.m. on July 4, Millville Recreation will host a Fourth of July Celebration at Union Lake Park. Live music, a pie eating contest, a watermelon eating contest, face painting and more will lead up to the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Ocean City’s Fourth of July Firework Celebration
Ocean City, NJ
Ocean City is hosting a viewing of a fireworks show capping off their Fourth of July festivities on Tuesday, July 4 at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be launched near the Music Pier and the best view will be seen from 5th Street and 14th Street. The show will be accompanied by music, which can also be streamed online on the town’s official website. Additionally, the normal beach curfew will be extended to 10 p.m., so families can enjoy the festive nighttime show free from any location on the beach and boardwalk.
Fourth of July Fireworks and Concert 2023
The township of Parsippany Troy-Hills is hosting its annual Fourth of July Fireworks at Parsippany Hills High School on July 4. The park area opens at 5 p.m. with a rock show performance at 7:30 and capping off the night with fireworks after dark. The rain date is July 5.
Jenkinson’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Point Pleasant, NJ
All ages are invited to experience Jenkinson Boardwalk’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 starting at 8 p.m. Free admission is offered for all guests alongside a bustling boardwalk and impressive fireworks display. Fireworks are launched in the dark and can be seen from any spot along the boardwalk.
Springfield July 4th Celebration and Fireworks 2023
Enjoy a fun-filled Fourth of July celebration at Springfield’s annual July 4th Celebration and Fireworks on July 4 located at Meisel Avenue Park. Starting at 5 p.m., guests can experience free activities, A DJ until 7:30 p.m., food trucks, inflatables, a petting zoo, and a live performance from Barbara Harris and The Toys. Fireworks are set off at dusk with a rain date TBD.
Chatham Borough 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
The Chatham Fire Department will host their annual Chatham Borough Fourth of July Parade and fireworks display on July 4 located at the Chatham Middle School Field. Gates are open to the public at 7 p.m. for a lively performance by The Sixties Rock & Roll Revue with The John McDermott Band. Afterward, fireworks will be launched at 9:30 p.m. by Garden State Fireworks of Millburn, NJ.
Bridgewater Independence Day Fireworks
Bridgewater Township’s annual July 4 fireworks will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at the North Branch Park on Milltown Road starting at 9:30 p.m. Beforehand, Northpark gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for early entry parking. There will be performances by The New York Bee Gees at 8:30- 9:30 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Additionally, food trucks and places to picnic will be offered before the show begins. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will instead be held on Wednesday, July 5th.
Summit’s 76th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Presented by Bristol Meyers Group and Investors Bank, join Summit Township for their Annual Fourth of July Celebration featuring food trucks, carnival rides, children’s entertainment, live music, and a variety of vendors from 12- 9 p.m. End the night with a grand fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m on Soldier’s Memorial Field. Additionally, there will be handicapped access available on Watchung Place and Tulip Street.
Cedar Grove Fireworks
Cedar Grove, NJ
At Panther Park Field in Cedar Grove, a Fourth of July event will be held on June 29 with a rain date set for June 30. The family-friendly event will include a live DJ, food, refreshments, and fireworks once the sun sets.
The City Fireworks Display
A memorable fireworks show is set to take place July 2 at Main Memorial Park in Clifton. With music from the Clifton Community Band, the event will also include a picnic, crafts, rides, and more. The event will run from 12 p.m. on, with fireworks beginning at dusk. Rain dates are July 4 for the picnic and July 9 for the fireworks—tickets are $3 and are available to purchase in advance at the City Clerk’s Office.
State Fair Meadowlands Fabulous Fireworks Display
East Rutherford, NJ
The Meadowlands has become synonymous with summer in New Jersey. This year, fireworks will take place on July 3 and July 4, hosted by Garden State Fireworks. The fireworks group has also choreographed fireworks displays for Coney Island, The DC National Mall, and Walt Disney World. The fireworks show is free with the purchase of the State Fair Fun Pass, which can be purchased here. The full event features, games, rides, plenty of food, and much more. It’s a must-try for every New Jersey resident at least once in their lifetime.
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Hackensack’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is happening at Foschini Park from 4-9 p.m. on July 4. You can expect to enjoy food trucks, games, a beer garden, and much more. The band Fillet of Soul will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Fireworks on the Hudson
Jersey City, NJ
Don’t skip Jersey City this Fourth of July. The festival on Montgomery Street in Exchange Place will go from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, with plenty of food trucks and vendors to satisfy your cravings. Live music will be played all day long and the fireworks, sponsored by Grucci Fireworks, can be enjoyed along the Hudson Waterfront Walkway starting at 9:30 p.m. Jersey City Night Market is bringing plenty of their vendors along. For those arriving by bike, take advantage of the free bike check provided by Bike JC.
Livingston 4th of July Celebration
The township of Livingston is proud to present its annual Fourth of July celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on July 4th. This all-day event features carnival rides, games, pony rides, food trucks, live entertainment, and more. Located at Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive, live performances begin at 7:45 p.m. with fireworks followed by 9:15 p.m.
Millburn-Short Hills Fourth of July Celebration
Sponsored by Charles Schwab, join Millburn Township for an all-day celebration with the whole family on July 4. The event begins with a flag raising at 9 a.m. at Taylor Park alongside Patriot Ceremony honoring award recipient Chris Drucker. The family fun follows with a magician, kids’ dance party, train ride, face painting, food & ice cream trucks, and much more. The fireworks display located at Millburn High School begins at 9:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. for DJ entertainment and early seating.
Seaside Heights Fourth of July Fireworks
Seaside Heights, NJ
Enjoy a special viewing of Seaside Height’s Fourth of July Extravaganza Fireworks occurring from 9:30-9:45 p.m. on the beach. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, free admission is offered and guests can watch from any location on the boardwalk.
Somerset Patriots Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
The Somerset Patriots are offering a post-game fireworks show on July 4th after their matchup versus the Reading Fightin Phils at 7:05 p.m. Players and coaches will be sporting a special patriotic-themed jersey that will be available for auction online to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Tickets will be required for entry and can be purchased here.
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