2010 NJ Fireworks Guide Archive
2010 NJ Fireworks Guide Archive

2010 NJ Fireworks Guide Archive

BestofNJ.com has done an update to this feature, the New Jersey Fireworks Guide.
(Updated: June 22, 2011) We’ve finished our New Jersey fireworks feature for 2011! We’ll add more to the the list if we get any last minute information. If you’ve got some tips about fireworks and celebrations in your neck of the woods, please share them with us. If you have a question about a July 4th event, just leave a comment below. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll try and find out for you. Thanks for dropping by.
Last year we traveled to fireworks displays all over the state and for this years guide, we have included some of our favorite photographs in the article. We hope you enjoy them. If you have any that you’d like to share, let us know and we’ll post yours too.


Bergen County Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Hasbrouck Heights Fireworks Display, Thursday, June 30, 2011 and July 4th Children’s Parade: Monday, July 4, 2011
June 30, July 4, 2011: The Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club will sponsor the fireworks display and present them at Depken Field on Thursday, June 30th at sundown. The Children’s Parade is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Monday, July 4, 2011. There will be prizes for the most patriotic and the most creative entries. [Hasbrouck Heights-Bergen County-North Jersey]
See more info on the town site (see the Gazette newspaper online for this month.
Also see some photos and movies from previous years here.

NJ Fireworks Image by BestofNJ.com
NJ Fireworks Laws: Image by BestofNJ.com

Leonia: Sports Boosters Carnival and Fireworks, Sunday, July 4, 2010
June 29, 30, 2011: Leonia celebrates the 4th this year with a sports boosters carnival with amusements, rides, food and fun for all at Overpeck County Park on Fort Lee Road. The carnival takes place on Wednesday, June 29th and Thursday, June 30th, 2011. The town has discontinued the fireworks display. There is no mention of it on their website. [Leonia-Bergen County-North Jersey]
See the Leonia New Jersey website for more information
Ridgewood: 101st Annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration, Monday, July 4, 2011
July 4, 2011: This is one of the fireworks displays that we went to last year. It is a great little show put on by a great little community! The Fire Department is one of the main reasons that this celebration is so successful here. They show up with a giant rig and display one of the largest American Flags that I’ve ever seen. It must measure at least 50 feet tall. Ridgewood New Jersey is celebrating the 101st anniversary of their July 4th festival. The day begins at 9:00 AM with a flag raising, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. At 10:00 there will be an Independence Day Parade featuring local rescue and emergency squads, antique cars, bands, The Orpheus Men’s Chorus of Ridgewood, the New York Scottish Pipes, the New Jersey Tea Party Coalition, Ridgewood Choral and the Heard’s Brigade of the New Jersey Militia. Later that day, at 6:30 the gates open at Veteran’s Field for performances by the Illumination Twirlers, The Manhattan Dolls and the Fallin’ Angels Skydivers. The festivities are introduced by mayor Killion. The grand finale is the fireworks show put on by Fireworks Extravaganza. The fireworks go off after the gates are closed at 9:00 PM. [Ridgewood-Bergen County-North Jersey]
Go to the Ridgewood July 4th Website for more information.

Hudson County Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, New York City with great viewing along the Hudson River in Weehawken and Hoboken, Monday, July 4, 2011
July 4, 2011: The biggest fireworks show in America is back on the Hudson again for 2011. That makes the New Jersey communities of Weehawken and Hoboken very happy indeed. They will both be great spots to view Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular. The staging area for the fireworks is directly across from Weehawken and in front of the Intrepid. The entire show is staged on barges that will be anchored from 24th Street to 50th Street in Manhattan. [Hoboken and Weehawken-Hudson County-North Jersey]
To get more information, see our Fireworks Press Release from Macy’s Here.

Morris County Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Dover New Jersey Concert and Fireworks, Friday, July 1, 2011:
July 1, 2011: Dover will celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display and a concert sponsored by Casio and the town of Dover. The festivities will take place on Friday, July 3, 2009 at Hamilton Field on Highway 46 East at the Dover Elementary School campus. The concert will begin at 6:00 PM with music played by DJ Doctor J. & Fusion Core Drum Corps. Refreshments will be supplied by local non-profit and sports groups. Tickets are $3.00 each [$1.00 each for senior citizens] at the gate. All proceeds will go towards paying for the fireworks next year. The display is staged by D&M Fireworks. The rain date for the fireworks is Friday, July 8th, 2011. [Dover-Morris County-North Jersey]
For more information on Dover’s Fireworks see the Town of Dover Website
Florham Park 4th of July Celebration, Monday, July 4, 2011
July 4, 2011: Florham Park has been throwing a party for the 4th of July for 54 years and it seems that everything is lined up for a repeat celebration this year. Here’s their extensive schedule of events for the day as it was listed last year:
9:00 AM Flag Raising Ceremony at Firehouse #1 on Brooklake Road
9:30 AM Parade begins (Rain or Shine) at Ridgedale Ave. and Brooklake Road Road
10:30–3:00 PM Family Picnic at the Borough Hall Lawn—Featuring Rides and Games Like:

  • 5-in-1 Patriotic Combo
  • Patriotic Thunder Obstacle Course
  • Velcro Wall
  • Rolling Thunder Water Slide
  • Medieval Joust
  • Tidal Dual Lane Water Slide
  • Giant Dual Lane Slide

11:45 AM Presentation of Parade Trophies by Mayor Eveland
12 PM–3:00 PM Social Garden (must be over 21 to enter, mug purchase (required to enter).

  • $6.00 mug purchase required to enter.
  • Music provided by a Mexican Mariachi Band and DJ Scott

9:00 PM Fireworks begin. Refreshments Available.

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Soda/ Water
  • Beer (certain restrictions apply)

Pizza, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream & Italian Ice are available as cash sales. The rain date for the Florham Park Fireworks is Saturday, July 9, 2011. For more information on Florham Park’s Fourth see their website. It is one of the best 4th of July websites in the whole state of New Jersey. It is full of information and it includes a great collection of photos. [Florham Park-Morris County-North Jersey]
See this great NJ Event website here.
Mountain Lakes 4th of July Fireworks: Monday July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011: The fireworks in Mountain Lake New Jersey are staged over Mountain Lake. This year they will be shot from a barge in the middle of the lake so that there will be more room for people to watch the fireworks. The fireworks are free but they are asking for donations to help pay for them. [Mountain Lakes-Morris County-North Jersey]
Get more information on Mountain Lakes New Jersey here.
Parsippany July 4th Fireworks, Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011: Parsippany Mayor James R. Barberio invites you to attend the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills 4th of July Fireworks on Monday, July the 4th, 2011. The music for the festivities starts at 7:00 and will be provided by local radio stations WDHA-FM & WMTR-AM. The fireworks go off at dark. The rain date is Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. [Parsippany-Morris County-North Jersey]
Get more information on Parsippany New Jersey and the Independence Day Celebration here.
Randolph New Jersey Freedom Festival: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 30, July 1, July 2, 2011

Thursday through Saturday, June 30th to July 2, 2011: Randolph holds one of New Jersey’s biggest celebrations of the 4th. The festivities go on for three whole days. This year they begin on Thursday and continues through Saturday with the grand finale being the fireworks on Saturday night. [Randolph-Morris County-North Jersey]
Thursday, June 30th, 2011:
Freedom Fair is a carnival that features rides, games, crafts and food. Visitors can ride all the rides as many times as they want for $20.00. The fair is open from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.
Friday, July 1, 2011:
Freedom Fair is a carnival that features rides, games, crafts and food. The carnival and fair is open from 2:00 to 11:00 PM.
Saturday, July 2, 2011:
Parade Day: The parade kicks off at noon at Dover Chester Avenue in front of Mt. Fern Church. It features bands, pipe and drum corps, bands, antique cars, horses and floats.
Freedom Fair is a carnival that features rides, games, crafts and food. The carnival and fair is open from 2:00 to 11:00 PM. This is the last day of the fair.
The Freedom Festival Fireworks Display begins at 9:45 and the promoters call it the best show in Morris County [and it does have quite a few competitors for that title] The event features paid parking which helps defer the cost of the fireworks. Parking is plentiful and inexpensive. The cost is $5.00 per car and the first 500 visitors will receive an eco-friendly shopping bag. [limit 1 per car] The rain date for the Randolph fireworks display is Sunday, July 5, 2009. [Randolph-Morris County-North Jersey]
To find out more about the celebration in Randolph and about the community go here.
Washington Township: Fireworks Festival: Saturday, August 27th, 2011
August 27, 2011: Washington Township does not stage their fireworks on the 4th. Last year the extravaganza was scheduled just before the holiday. This year the township has moved the event to late August. The Washington Township Community Events Organization or the WTCEO will present the Kevin M. Walsh Fireworks Festival and Long Valley Parade on Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at the Long Valley Middle School. The parade starts at 4:00PM and the fireworks festival goes from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The festival features live music, clowns, food and beer.
Music will be provided by the School of Rock performing at 5:00 and Scott Monetti and the Waffle Band at 7:30. Children can enjoy bounce houses, Fantastic Faces, Sprinkles the Clown and Gonzo. Food will be provided by local restaurants like Valley Restaurant and Long Valley Pizza Deli and Bagels. The Washington Township Fire Department will also be on hand to serve food and beer in the beer garden. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. This is one of the Don’t Miss Events of the year in Long Valley. [Washington Township-Morris County-North Jersey]
WTCEO Fireworks Festival
Time: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Long Valley Middle School
Get more information on the event here.

Passaic County Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Paterson Independence Fireworks Display, Monday, July, 4, 2011:
July 4, 2011: Last year, we could not find any information about the fireworks in Patterson. Unfortunately, they put the word out sometime after we wrote our post that they were going ahead with their fireworks. This year, the annual events calendar shows that the Downtown Business Association is sponsoring the fireworks again. If anyone has any other news about this event, I will be glad to publish it.

Here’s a press release about the fireworks display they put on a few years ago:
The Businesses and Merchants are pleased to sponsor, for the fourth year, the City of Paterson’s Fireworks Spectacular. While cities and counties all across America are canceling their shows due to the economy, The City of Paterson is able to provide its residents with a 4th of July fireworks show as a result of sponsorship by the Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District, a non-City agency.
The $40,000 fireworks show is slated for Friday, July 3rd at approximately 9:00 PM. The fireworks will be shot off at the Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park, which overlooks the City of Paterson, providing many vantage opportunities for Paterson and other Passaic County residents. In addition to celebrating the birth of our nation’s Independence, the Paterson City fireworks show also celebrates the City of Paterson’s 217th birthday.
The businesses and merchants of Downtown Paterson through the Downtown Paterson Special Improvement District is the premier sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors are the City of Paterson and The Brownstone. For more information, contact the Downtown Paterson SID at 973-881-7300.
Paterson will celebrate Independence Day and the birthday of the city of Paterson on Friday, July 3, 2009. The fireworks will be staged at approximately 9:00 PM at Garret Mountain overlooking the city. The display is sponsored by the businesses and merchants of downtown Paterson. [Paterson-Passaic County-North Jersey]
Get more info from the Downtown Paterson website here.

Sussex County Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Vernon Fire Department Fundraising Fireworks, Saturday, July 2, 2011
July 2, 2011: The Vernon Township Fire Department & the Highland Lakes Fire Department are sponsoring their annual fundraising fireworks display on July 2, 2011. The gates open at 5:30 PM. The fireworks will be staged at Lounsberry Hollow Middle School on Sammis Road, Vernon New Jersey. This is a great event for the whole family that supports the local fire departments. The cost of admission if $15.00 per immediate family or a carload of 4 people. There is free parking available for the show. The rain date is Sunday, July 3, 2011.
Get more information on the Vernon Fireworks here.
Crystal Springs Resort 4th of July Celebrations: Saturday, July 2, 2011 & Sunday, July 3, 2011

Crystal Springs has a full weekend of festivities planned for their resort guests and homeowners over the July 4th weekend. It all starts on Saturday at noon with a Chef’s Garden BBQ at Grand Cascades Lodge that includes a barbeque and brick oven pizza buffet with microbrew, cocktails, sangria and live entertainment. Later on Saturday, there’s a Louisiana Crawfish Festival at the Minerals Hotel & Spa – Tiki Field. It runs from 5 to 9 PM. The festival will feature live jazz, blues and Dixieland music. There will be lots of boiled crawfish, crawfish pie, alligator sausage, shrimp Creole with rice and beans, raw oysters and jambalaya. There will also be carriage rides and New Orleans cocktails like Hurricanes, New Orleans Martinis, and Mardi Gras Ambrosia. On Sunday the 3rd, from 1 to 5 PM there’s a Bluegrass BBQ at the Vista 180 Pool. The event will feature a Barbeque, beer and wine, bluegrass music from the group Heavy Traffic, horse & carriage rides and swimming.
Find out more at Crystal Springs Resort

Warren County Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Blairstown Fourth of July Celebration: Monday, July 4, 2011:
July 4, 2011: Let the Red, White and Blue work for you as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at the July Fourth: Spirit of Americana Celebration at Footbridge Park in Blairstown. The festival will feature a craft and vendor show with exhibits by local crafters, vendors, local businesses, and non-profit organizations. There will be lots of activities for the whole family including: sack races, a watermellon seed spitting contest, brass band performances, a frog jumping contest, and old fashioned pie eating contests. Highlights for the day include the Warren County Bake Off, the Patriotic Dog Competition and the Miss Liberty Belle Pageant for girls between the ages of 14 to 18. The festival is held at Footbridge Park in Blairstown.
Get more information at the Blairstown 4th Website.



Hunterdon County July 4th Fireworks & More

Flemington Fireworks: Sunday, July 3, 2011
The Flemington Raritan Recreation Committee will sponsor a fireworks display at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School on Allen Street at dusk on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011. You might want to check the organization’s website for more details. [Flemington-Hunterdon County-Central Jersey]
Get More Info Here
Frenchtown New Jersey & Erwinna Pennsylvania, Saturday, July 2, 2011:
(Updated on June 19, 2011) This is not a New Jersey staged display but it’s a five minute drive over the state line, the music is provided by a New Jersey Symphony. This fireworks extravaganza staged in Tinicum Park in Bucks County Pennsylvania’s is one of my regions most popular events and it is almost always sold out as far as I know. There are only 5,000 tickets available. Light classical, popular and patriotic music is provided by The Riverside Symphonia of Lambertville. The Concert Under the Stars is a local tradition. Families from all over the area come with blankets, chairs tables and picnic baskets full of wonderful goodies. Some people even go as far as to set up tables and elaborate displays of cheese, breads, fruit and more. Some Frenchtown families actually just go to the park south of town and watch the fireworks from there. I did that one year and I don’t think it really gives you a very good feel for the music or the fireworks. It is much more relaxing though and much better if you don’t like crowds.
Advance tickets are $27.00 per person and $30.00 at the gate. [Frenchtown-Kingwood-Hunterdon County-Central Jersey]
More information @ Concert Under the Stars: Fireworks and Music on the Delaware River
Glen Gardner Fourth of July Firetruck Rides, Monday, July 4, 2011:
The Glen Gardner Fire Company will offer fire truck rides from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Borough Park which is located at School Street and Hampton Road.
For more information see the Fire Company’s Website.
High Bridge 4th of July Celebration, July 4, 2011
The Solitude House Museum is the sight for a picnic and live music to celebrate Independence Day. The museum is located at 7 River Road. I just found confirmation of the event on the Union Forge Heritage Association page on Facebook. That organization is the one that is restoring the Solitude House Museum. The hours are noted as being from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Get more information on the Solitude House site or the High Bridge site here.
Lebanon 4th of July Parade, Monday, July 4, 2011
The 64th Annual Lebanon Borough 4th of July Parade is the oldest 4th of July parade in New Jersey. The celebration also features a baby and bike parade, a patriotic house decorating contest, antique cars, boy scout troops, girl scout troops, floats, live music, fire trucks and rescue vehicles. The theme for the parade this year is “Symbols of Freedom”.
Read more about the festival on the Lebanon 4th of July site here.

Mercer County July 4th Fireworks & More

Princeton New Jersey Fireworks, Spirit of Princeton, Friday, July 1, 2011:
Run by the nonprofit group, the Spirit of Princeton, these fireworks are always held on July 1st at the Princeton University sports fields, next to the Stadium. The grounds open at 7:00 PM. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the field. See the photo taken by Lakewentworth at the top of the article and below for more information on his work. [Princeton-Mercer County-Central Jersey]
Spirit of Princeton Fireworks

Middlesex County July 4th Fireworks & More

Highland Park: Independence Day Concert & Fireworks, Sunday, July 3, 2011
Highland Park will be celebrating Independence Day with a joint celebration with its neighbor, New Brunswick at Donaldson Park. There will be live music, activities, food and beverages.. This years concert features Danny and Kim Adlerman and Special Guests, The Nerds and other local talent. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 PM. [Highland Park-Middlesex County-Central Jersey]
Get more information on Highland Park and the celebration @ http://www.hpboro.com/
Monroe Township 4th of July Celebration, Monday, July 4 ,2011:
The celebration begins at 5:00 and the fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk. [Monroe Township, Middlesex County, Central Jersey]
More information on the Monroe Township of Middlesex County website
New Brunswick: Independence Day Concert & Fireworks, Saturday, Sunday, July 3, 2011
New Brunswick will be celebrating Independence Day with a joint celebration with its neighbor, Highland Park at Donaldson Park in Highland Park. [New Brunswick-Middlesex County-Central Jersey]
Get more information on the celebrations at the Highland Park website

Monmouth County July 4th Fireworks & More

Long Branch: Oceanfest, Monday, July 4, 2011
This annual Fourth of July tradition is a free, family oriented festival, which attracts both local residents and visitors from throughout the region. The event takes place along a half mile stretch of the oceanfront promenade between Seven Presidents Park and the Ocean Place Resort and Spa. Activities will include master sand sculpting exhibits on the beach, strolling entertainers, live music of every imaginable type, food vendors, craft vendors and lots of activities for children. The fun-filled daytime activities offer a great prelude to a spectacular fireworks display. You might want to consider staying at the marvelous modern Bungalow Hotel that’s a few steps away from the festivities. We were there this past month and it is a great destination! Also, be sure and grab a goodie at Cake Bake & Roll on the corner. [Long Branch-Monmouth County-Central Jersey]
More information @ BestofNJ.com Oceanfest
Red Bank: KaBoomFest Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 1, 2, 3, 2011
KaBoomFest is a celebration of Independence Day that starts small with a community fair with carnival rides on Friday, July 1st, continues with a live music festival on Friday night at Riverside Gardens Park and concludes with one of the biggest fireworks displays in the region on Sunday, July 3rd.
The Red Bank fireworks display can be enjoyed at many levels. There’s a gigantic free fireworks display that can be viewed from several locations along the river. For the best seat in the house you can attend the Boardwalk BBQ with front row seats to watch the fireworks over the Navesink River for $50.00 to $140.00 per person with reserved parking. This All American barbeque by Branches Catering runs from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
You can also get a ticket for a spot in Riverside Gardens Park to view the fireworks for $7.00 for advance tickets and $10.00 for tickets at the gate. There are only 2,000 tickets available in the park. There will be music by the Tor Miller Band, Rock’n Music Idol Winners, Michael Bernier & the Uprising and Tasting Grace.
The fireworks display, staged by Garden State Fireworks of Millington, features over 10,000 shells and draws more than 50,000 people to downtown Red Bank. [Red Bank-Monmouth County-Central Jersey]
More information @ Red Bank New Jersey Kaboom Fireworks Site
Wall Township: Wall Fair, Firecracker Five Run & Fireworks, Saturday, Sunday, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 2011
Wall Township celebrates the 4th of July with a community celebration that features carnival rides, live bands, crafts, a wiffleball tournament, a skydiving show, food, fun and fireworks at dusk on Sunday, July 3rd. The rain date for the fireworks is on July 9th. The Firecracker Five has been run for 22 years and takes place on Monday, July 4th, 2011. The run features age groups for young runners (ages 14 and under) and old runners (80 and over). All of these events are staged at the Wall Township Municipal Complex at 2700 Allaire Road. There’s a kids run on Sunday, July 3 that takes place at the Pop Warner Practic;11 PM.e Field. [Wall Township-Monmouth County-Central Jersey]
Get more information on the community @ http://www.wallnj.com/

Somerset County July 4th Fireworks & More

Bridgewater: Washington Campground Association Fourth of July Ceremony:
The Washington Campground Association holds a commemorative ceremony at the Middlebrook Encampment site where legend tells that the first official flag of the United States was flown in 1777. It is also the site of a historic encampment of General George Washington’s troops in the winter of 1778 & 1779. The ceremony features a changing of the flag, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a historical address. The campground is located at Mountain Avenue and Middlebrook Road. It starts at 10:00 and lasts about an hour. [Bridgewater-Somerset County-Central Jersey]
See the Wikipedia Page for more historic information on the site
Bridgewater: 4th of July Family Festival, Monday, July 4, 2011
Bridgewater will host the Fourth of July Family Festival at North Branch Park on Monday, July 4, 2011. The festival will run from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. It features music by the bands Verdict and Total Soul, children’s activities, aclimbing wall, costumed characters, historical re-enactments, and fireworks at 9:30 PM. The event is free. You can call 908-722-1200, and ask for extension 225 to get more information. [Bridgewater-Somerset County-Central Jersey]
See the Somerset County Parks Website for more information
Franklin Township July 4th Celebration, Sunday, July 3, 2011:
Franklin celebrates the 4th with a Clothesline Art Exhibition that features the work of local artists. These paintings, prints and photographs are hung on a clothesline with clothespins for everyone to enjoy. The works are judged by local professionals in the arts. The exhibition is held from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Franklin Municipal Complex on DeMott Lane in Somerset. After the show, there’s a short commemorative ceremony and the fireworks start at 9:11 PM.
Get more information on these events @ the Franklin Township Site.
North Plainfield 4th of July Parade, Monday, July 4, 2011 & Concert & Fireworks on Saturday, July 9, 2011
North Plainfield will stage its 10th Annual 4th of July Parade along a new route this year. The parade will starts at North Plainfield High School on Wilson Avenue and meander through town to the Borough Parking lot on Craig Place. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM. The town does have fireworks scheduled but not for the July 4th weekend. The town will hold their concert and fireworks display on July the 9th at West End School Field on Greenbrook Road. The concert begins at 7:00 and the fireworks at dusk.
Get more information on the town and the celebrations here.

Union County July 4th Fireworks & More

Summit: 4th of July Celebration, Monday, July 4, 2011
This annual event consists of day and evening events. The day events begin at 9:45 AM with the Flag Raising Ceremony. The Children’s Bicycle Parade begins at 10:00 AM. Local children decorate their bikes in a patriotic fashion and receive trophies and certificates. Last year’s parade had over 500 participants. Immediately following the Children’s Bicycle Parade, Polka Dot will host a kid’s concert with fun sing -a -longs and dancing. The rides and amusements start at 10:00 AM and will continue through 1:00 PM. Kids can ride the train, jump and slide on inflatable rides and play carnival games for prizes. There will be lots of food, drink and snacks available including Towne Deli and Mom’s Catering. Tickets for the rides, games, food and crafts can be purchased on the day of the event. At 12:00 Noon the Summit Stompers Dixieland All-Stars will entertain on the big stage while the Emergency Softball Game starts at the big field.
The evening’s festivities begin at 7:45 PM with the The Cameos, New Jersey’s Favorite Oldies Group. They will perform their unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 1950’s and 60’s with a little 70’s for good measure. The Grand Fireworks Display, featuring Garden State Fireworks will start at 9:15 PM. [Summit-Union County-Central Jersey]
Find out more information about Summit New Jersey here.


[Updated on June 9, 2011] Our guide covers all of South Jersey. That includes Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Ocean County and Salem County. If you notice that we left out a great celebration that your little town puts on every year, let us know! Here’s our 2011 Guide to the Best 4th of July Fireworks Displays in South Jersey:

Atlantic County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Smithville, Atlantic County:
July 4: Everyone enjoys a parade, so come join the fun at Smithville’s 4th of July Parade with marching bands, floats and local dignitaries. Celebrate the holiday in historic Smithville.
Get more information @ SmithvilleNJ.com.
Atlantic City, Atlantic County:
The largest fireworks display in the state and one of the largest on the East Coast will be staged in Atlantic City this year. On July 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm, a spectacular fireworks demonstration produced by Fireworks by Grucci will illuminate the skies above Atlantic City’s Marina District, with another display beginning at 9:45 pm along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The show promises to be an elaborate display that will be a highlight of the holiday weekend. The show is open to the public with viewing areas at both properties.
You can also reserve a seats for a better view with these cruise operators:
Cruisin’ One: Depart Gardners Basin at 8 to veiw the Marina ( Harrahs/Borgata) fireworks. $30.00 per person with a disc jockey, dancing and a cash bar. Limited to the first 75 people. Get more information @ www.atlanticcitycruises.com
Jessie O’ Fishing & Cruises: Fireworks Cruise aboard Jessie O’s Fish N Fun. $30.00 per person. Times: 8:00 to 11:00 PM. The cruise features calm waters with no sea sickness and family fun. The boat will depart from Captain Andy’s Marina at 9317 Amherst Avenue in Margate. Reservations Required Get more information @ www.jessieofishing.com.
Highroller Fishing: Depart Gardners Basin at 8:00 pm to view the Harrahs Casino & Borgata Casino fireworks on the Marina. Cost $30.00 per person. Get more information @ www.highrollerfishing.com
For more information, see the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Bureau site.

Burlington County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Evesham Township, Burlington County:
Monday, July 4th, 2011: Evesham Township is busy planning their 2011 celebration. The community goes all out to make a big event of the 4th. The day starts early with a fun run and 5K race and ends with a fireworks display late that night at the local high school. Other Events include a parade, a bike parade and a community celebration before the fireworks. The 1 Mile Fun Runs and the 5K Marlton Mayor’s Cup take place at 8:30 AM between Main Street and Cooper Avenue in Marlton. The Bike Parade is a great activity for the kids. It features bike riders up to grade 5 and parents pushing babies in strollers and wagons. All participants are encouraged to be creative and decorate their cycles as best as they can. The July 4th parade starts at 11:00 AM along Main Street from Maple Avenue to Bettlewood Road. It features live music, community groups and military grand marshals and refreshments. The community celebration begins at 7:45 and features paratroopers, a military tribute and refreshments. The fireworks cap off the day at 9:45.
Get more information @ the new Evesham Celebrations Website
Florence Township, Burlington County:
I believe that Florence has cancelled their celebrations. I could not find any information online anywhere.
Find more information @ Florence-nj.gov
Medford , Burlington County:
Medford’s fireworks have been canceled for this year also. You can get more details @ their website.
Find more information @ Medfordnj.com.

Camden County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Camden, Camden County:
Saturday, June 25th, 2011: Camden gets a jump on Independence Day this year when Battleship New Jersey holds it’s 9th annual Battleship Blast on Saturday, June 25th, 2011. This is the earliest celebration in the state at this point, coming 9 days before July 4th. The Battleship has quite a celebration planned with a barbeque, live entertainment, music, dance, an overnight encampment and of course, a grand fireworks display.
Find out more @ BestofNJ.com Blast Press Release
Or on the Battleship Site
Cherry Hill, Camden County:
Monday, July 4th, 2011: Cherry Hill sponsors a community festival annually to celebrate our country’s independence with live music, hot dogs, ice cream and fireworks of course. The festivities are held at Jonas Morris Stadium and Michael J Santarpio Field at Cherry Hill High School West. The celebration begins at 7:00 PM. The music starts at 8:00 PM and the Fireworks go off at 9:00 PM. The celebration is hosted by Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt. The rain date is July 5th. For information call 856-488-7868
Find more information @ Cherryhill-nj.com
Collingswood, Camden County:
July 4: Collingswood has a wide array of events scheduled for the 4th including: a bike parade in Knight Park, a patriotic decorating contest that the whole town gets involved in [town blocks, homes and businesses], water games at Roberts Pool, and a fireworks display. Here is an introduction to the festivities from the Collingswood website:

Fireworks, festivities and All About Me
All About Me will take the stage as the Borough celebrates America’s independence. The band is composed of some of the best Musicians and Composers in the Philadelphia region and will entertain the crowd with popular music and play patriotic tunes during the fireworks. Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; Show starts at 8 p.m. One of the best Fireworks displays in the area kicks off at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the high school stadium (424 Collings Ave).

The winners of the decorating contest are announced during the fireworks ceremony and the winners get money to spend in their own hometown!
Find more information @ Collingswood.com

Cape May County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Sea Isle City, Cape May County:
Monday, July 4th, 2011: Sea Isle has very few details posted about their fireworks this year. They are scheduled for 9:00 pm, at JFK Boulevard and the beach. The Rain date is July 5th. [Get more info @ the events page @ http://sea-isle-city.nj.us/]
Find out more @ Sea Isle City Website
Cape May, Cape May County:
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011: Head to the southernmost tip of the state and join the July 4th Weekend Festivities in Cape May. The celebration begins at 7:00 on Saturday morning with the traditional Kiwanis Pancake Day event. It runs until 12:30 and is held on the Boardwalk. At 1:00 that afternoon the town holds an Independence Day Parade at the Convention Hall. [Get more info @ www.capemaycity.org]
Monday, July 4th, 2011: Congress Hall in Cape May throws a big party every year for the 4th of July. I have not heard anything from them this year and some of the details might be slightly different this year, so call ahead to confirm the details before you go. Here is the information that I have:
4th of July Picnic ====== Congress Hall Events: please note*** there is still no information about the events for 2011. This is how they handled things last year. I have simply updated the dates. Please call ahead to confirm the details or see their website.

The picnic starts at 5pm it is $20 for adults; 12 & Under $10 and 3 & under are free. The menu will be traditional picnic food, hamburgers, hot dogs, cold salads, apple pie and a beverage. We can take your order for picnic tickets on the phone or via email, with a credit card. All tickets are Will Call and will be available at the Congress Hall front desk starting Thursday, July 1. You can purchase tickets by calling 609-884-8421.
Lobster Bake
Our lobster bake sells out every year – we have reserved seating on the veranda and you get to keep for the entire evening. Seating begins at 6pm and dinner starts at 6:30pm. The cost is $75 for adults & $31.25 for children 12-3 and free for those under 3, the cost includes tax & gratuity. There is a cash bar and wine service. It is a traditional lobster bake with a whole Maine Lobster, red bliss potatoes, clams, corn on the cob and apple pie for dessert. Please call me directly to make reservations at 609-884-6538.
Activities and Fireworks
We will also have face painting & kids games starting at 4pm. The fireworks will be held at dark off the Congress Hall beach, this usually occurs around 9pm. Live music will be by the Atlantic City Jazz Band and our own Celebration Choir singing patriotic songs.
Congress Hall
251 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204-5381
(609) 884-8422

Get more info @ the Congress Hall Website.
Ocean City, Cape May County:
July 3: On Sunday, you can catch 3 events for the holiday weekend: a concert, a Broadway musical and a soccer match. The Philadelphia Organ Quartet will play at the Ocean City Tabernacle at 7:00 PM. The Ocean City Pops will perform in the Broadway staged musical: The Music Man at the Music Pier at 7:30 PM. Get more info here. The Ocean City Football Club Nor’Easters play the Bermuda Hogges at 6:00 PM. The game will feature a hot dog eating contest, speed shot contest and fireworks. Get more details @ the Ocean City Football Club Website.
July 4: Ocean City has a full day of celebrations planned for Monday, July 4th, 2011. The day begins with two bike parades on the north and south ends of town. Later in the day there’s a kite flying competition at Carey Stadium and live entertainment. The July 4th Fireworks Display will bring the day to a spectacular close at 9:00 PM at 9th Street.
Get more information @ OceanCityChamber.com.
Wildwood, Cape May County:
July 1, 2, 3, 4: Head to the Wildwoods’ for a full weekend of celebrations. The weekend starts early on Friday. The Sports Card, Comic Book and Toy Expo kicks off at 3:00 PM at the Convention Center [Get more info: www.RKSportsPromotions.com] There’s a talent showcase and a radio broadcast later and the day ends with the regular Friday night fireworks in Wildwood at Pine Avenue and the beach. On Saturday there’s a Fourth of July Freedom Festival that features crafts, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. You can also check out the concerts at Centennial Park and in North Wildwood. The Craft show and the Sport Card Show continue on for their second day. On Sunday, there’s the Freedom Festival, the Sport Card Show and the craft show. On Monday, July the 4th, the days starts early with the Independence Day Parade at Atlantic and 15th Avenues. There’s a 5K Run along the boardwalk, a radio broadcast, the Freedom Festival, the Sports Card Show, concerts, talent showcases, the Cape Atlantic Irish Pipe Brigade and a fireworks display at 10:00 PM on the beach.
Get more info @ the Wildwood Website.

Cumberland County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Bridgeton, Cumberland County:
July 4: Bridgeton is still working on getting their fireworks display set up for this year. A local bank has made a generous donation to finance the extravaganza but the community is still raising funds to make it happen. You can check the town website to get the latest details.
Get more information @ CityofBridgeton.com

Gloucester County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Monroe Township, Gloucester County:
July 4: There is no information to be found on the Monroe website anywhere about their fireworks this year. The site is also showing a lot of errors. This Monroe is not to be confused with the other one in Middlesex County.
Get more information @ The Monroe Township of Gloucester County Website

Ocean County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Barnegat Light, Ocean County:
July 3: On Sunday, Barnegat Light will celebrate early with an Independence Day Parade, Awards Ceremony & Concert. The parade begins at 7:00PM with this year’s theme: “Hometown Heroes”. The awards ceremony & concert with the Liberty Band will follow the parade.
Get more information @ Barnlight.com

Salem County New Jersey 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations:

Woodstown and Pilesgrove, Salem County:
July 4: Woodstown and Pilesgrove Township New Jersey celebrate the fourth with a “Firecracker 5K Run” at Marlton Park and a parade down Main Street. This year there will not be a fireworks display.
Get more information @ the beautiful new Woodstown New Jersey Website


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