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2018 Independence Day Events!

2018 Independence Day Events!

It is officially July which means there are plenty of upcoming Independence Day events throughout the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary area! For your convenience we have compiled a list of all of the 4th of July events in our area as your guide this Independence day! If there are any in your area that we may missed, feel free to email and we will add it on!


New Jersey events

(counties we cover: Monmouth, Middlesex, Union, Essex, Passaic, Bergen, & Hudson)

July 1st

  • Paramus
    Parade including floats, bikes and strollers with food vendors. Donations will be taken for the Paramus Food Pantry. Fireworks start at 6pm. Other independence day events throughout the week. For more info visit
  • Wall
    Fireworks begin at 9PM at the Wall Township Fairgrounds

July 2nd

  • Highland Park
    9:30AM-10:30PM. Live music, youth theater performances, kids activities, food vendor booths & fireworks at dusk. Rain date is 7/3. For more info visit
  • South River
    6-9PM at Denny’s Stadium. Live music, food vendors (proceeds going to South River Recreation Wrestling), National Anthem ceremony and fireworks.
    We’ve been hard at work to provide so much new in store at this year’s Borough Independence Day Celebration. Rain date 7/3. For more info visit

July 3rd

July 4th

  • Asbury Park
    Fireworks begin at dusk on the beach, no rain date.
  • East Brunswick
    Free festivities such as a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, live music, food-eating contests, food trucks & vendors. Festivities begin at 4pm at the Community Arts Center, fireworks begin at dusk. Visit for more details
  • East Rutherford (7/4 & 7/5)
    Fourth of July Spectacular – State Fair 2PM-1AM.
    Entertainment including magic shows, a petting zoo, high dive show & more. Live music. Fireworks begin at dusk. Admission (all ages): $12, children 34” & under are free. Mega passes available for all ages at $36. Parking: $5.
    For more info visit
  • Long Branch
    A part of the 28th annual Long Branch Oceanfest. All day activities including clowns, stilt-walkers, face painting, live music, sand-sculpting exhibits, magic shows, food vendors & more. Fireworks begin at dusk. Events begin at 10:30AM. For more info visit
  • Maplewood
    All day activities for everyone including a 5k in the morning, baking contest, circus, kids relays, car show, bike parade, and more! Live music and food courts throughout the day, fireworks begin at 9:25pm. For more info visit
  • MilltownAll day activities for everyone including a fishing derby, 5k, parade, contests, parade and more. Music and vendors all day, free hot dogs & beverages while supplies last. Fireworks at dusk, rain date is July 7th. For more info visit
  • MonroeFestivities begin at 4pm at Thompson Park. Free rides, entertainment and vendors. Fireworks at dusk. For more info visit
  • MontclairMontclair’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Parade beginning at 11am, rain or shine. Family picnic in Edgemont Park from noon to 4pm including free rides, a magic show, acrobats, live music, 19th century reenactments, and food contests. Food vendors will also be available. Attendees are encouraged to dress in vintage 19th century clothing, with a costume contest during the day. Fireworks will be held in Yogi Berra Stadium, doors opening at 6:30pm, and fireworks beginning at dusk. Admission to the stadium is $3/person, $10/family (up to 6 people, $2/person beyond 6), and free for children 5 and under. For more info visit
  • PiscatawayTo celebrate its roots to the first Independence Day celebration, Piscataway has an all-day historical celebration including military and George Washington reenactments as well as a parade, music and refreshments. Beginning at 6pm at Piscataway High School Stadium there will be kiddie rides, food vendors and music with fireworks beginning at 9:30pm. For more info visit
  • RidgewoodMorning entertainment including flag raising ceremony, patriotic live music and a parade beginning at 10am. Evening entertainment beginning at 6pm at Veteran’s field. Live music and 50/50. Fireworks at dusk. Rain date July 5th. For more info visit
  • SummitAll day activities including a food truck festival, flag raising ceremony, children’s decorated bike parade, rides/amusements, live music & more! Fireworks begin at 9:15. For more info visit
  • West Orange
    Fireworks begin at West Orange High School at dusk. Food truck festival the previous Sunday 7/1 12-6PM. Fore more info visit



Other activities to do during the day:

Port Monmouth
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park, 11AM-12PM
Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE

Independence Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm, 12-3PM
Join the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests. FREE

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM & 5PM
These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.’

July 6th

  • Atlantic Highlands
    Fireworks begin at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor at dusk


July 7th

  • Aberdeen
    Fireworks begin at 9pm in Cliffwood Beach


July 15th

  • Marlboro
    Fireworks begin at 7pm at the Marlboro Recreation Center


New York City Events

July 3rd

Staten Island

  • Free film screening of Independence Day from 8:30-11pm at Clove Lakes Park Parkhouse

July 4th



  • Free special family programming at Audubon Center & Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park 12-5pm.
  • Coney Island 4th of July festivities including the world famous Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game, rides/food vendors and the 9pm boardwalk fireworks display.
  • Macy’s fireworks: best viewed from Grand Ferry Park, East River State Park, WNYC Transmitter Park, and Brooklyn Heights promenade, and rooftop venues. Macy’s has set aside an area for those with disabilities. Note: Brooklyn Bridge Park is not recommended for viewing because there will not be a barge near the Brooklyn Bridge this year.


Staten Island

  • Historic Richmond Town’s Independence Day Celebration 12-5pm.
  • Travis 4th of July parade beginning on Victory Boulevard (in front of PS 26 and Showplace Entertainment at 141 East Service Road) beginning at 12:30pm. Visit for more directions/more info.



  • Omar’s 4th of July Block Party – free entertainment at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park including a live DJ, dance contests, games and magic shows from 2-6pm.
  • The Great Miguelino will perform a free magic spectacular in Forest Park Carousel Village from 2-3pm and then again at 4-5pm.
  • Macy’s fireworks: Beginning around 9:30, best viewed from waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park and wherever is available along the East River.


Other guides for things to do in NYC on 4th of July:–bronx/4th-of-july-party/