NY & NJ: Fun Fourth of July Festivities & Fireworks All Weekend Long

Bridget Mulroy

Find a 4th of July celebration near you!(Olga Subach/Unsplash)

If you love fireworks and you live in the New York/New Jersey area, you’re in luck since – weather permitting – firework shows will be held every night! All along the Hudson River, there will be fireworks displays from Friday night through Monday! If you or someone you know doesn’t love fireworks, perhaps avoid the following areas…

With a low (less than 50%) chance of rain, the weather is looking pretty good for fireworks!

Friday, July 1:

  • Starting at 6 pm, in Fireman’s Memorial Field in Long Island, New York, The Village of Valley Stream and The Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Independence Day celebration. When purchased in advance, tickets are $10, at the gate tickets are $15. Live entertainment will be performing until the fireworks begin, rain date is scheduled for the following Saturday (July 9,) more information can be found here.
  • From 6 - 10 pm at Thomas DiDomenico Park, 375-409 Avenue in Bayonne, New Jersey, will be holding their fireworks show. Admission is free. Free children's rides will be offered from 6 - 8 pm, live music will be from 7 - 9 pm, food trucks will be available, and the fireworks show will start at 9:15 pm. The rain date is scheduled for July 6. Check here for more info!

Saturday, July 2:

  • Starting 10 am, (going through to 4 pm Monday, July 4,) Historic Richmond Town of Staten Island, New York will be celebrating the historical fun of Independence Day. Children under 5 years old are free, tickets can be purchased as singles or in day pass combos (a 3-day pass is $25.) If you’re a history buff, you may appreciate the activities this festival will offer, check them out here.
  • Starting at 7 pm in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Scotch Plains Golf Course will be holding its fireworks display. Admission is free, food will be available, and alcohol is not permitted. The golf course has planned pre-fireworks entertainment, fireworks are expected to begin at 9 pm. Info is available here.
  • From 3 - 10:30 pm, Perth Amboy, New Jersey will hold its Fireworks Spectacular! Watch fireworks over the Raritan Bay, near the Sadowsky Parkway. Fun family activities will take place in the afternoon, fireworks will begin at 9:20 pm. The rain date is set for the following day (July 3,) all details will be found here.

Sunday, July 3:

  • At 6 pm, Donaldson Park in Highland Park will be hosting Fireworks in the Park. The event runs until 10 pm, and fireworks begin at 9:20. The food truck selection at this Fourth of July celebration is quite impressive, as are the kids' activities. You can find the full list of food, entertainment, and any other info you may need here.

Monday, July 4:

  • Saving the best for last, New York holds some of the most patriotic, and truly American Fourth of July festivities.
  • Starting at noon at Independence Park, the 112th Annual Travis Day Parade will be held.
  • There will also be the beloved American tradition of the Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
  • Of course, there is America’s largest fireworks show, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks. This year will be the 46th year Macy’s fireworks show has been in effect. Starting at 8 pm, a star-studded line-up is sure to keep people entertained. Fireworks begin at 9:25 pm and can be viewed at the designated viewing points here. All information about the celebrations in the City on July 4th is linked. Keep in mind that traffic in and out of the city will be heavier than usual. Plan accordingly.

If you can’t make it to any of the celebrations this weekend, you can still have a BBQ, purchase fireworks, or simply relax and watch it all on TV!

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