Across the Garden State (and country), families and friends will be gathering together to barbecue, swim in their pools, and celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Families will enjoy parades, picnics, and spectacular fireworks displays throughout the day. Sit back and relax in your beach chair on the coast in Atlantic City, Asbury Park, and Ocean City; ride the amusements and enjoy State Fair food at the Meadowlands; or take in the firework show with the New York City Skyline as your backdrop along the Hudson River.
Here are 20 Must-Know 4th of July Fireworks & Festivals in NJ:
1. Atlantic City 4th of July Firework Shows
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:20PM & 10:00PM
A city known for its grandeur and over-the-top displays, the Atlantic City Firework Shows are not to miss. These two free firework shows are free to view from countless places along the boardwalk, beach, and businesses throughout the city. Join the Borgata for a fireworks spectacular in celebration of 4th of July and Borgata’s 15th Birthday! Public viewing area opens at 6 PM. In addition to their weekly Saturday night Fireworks displays, Tropicana will offer a fireworks spectacular on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM over the beach and Boardwalk!
1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, NJ
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
2. New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands
Tuesday, July 3 & Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 2:00PM to 11:00PM, Fireworks at Dusk
The Meadowlands has been the host of the New Jersey State Fair during the end of June and beginning of July. This year, there will be a two night Fireworks Spectacular for families to enjoy On July 3rd and July 4th, visitors at the fair will have front row seats to fireworks that promise to ‘wow.’ The fair opens at 2:00 pm and families can enjoy the rides, live animals, music, pig races and many more attractions and activities until midnight.
Stadium Road, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
3. Asbury Park Fireworks on the Beach
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:00PM
Visit the City by the Sea this Independence Day for oceanside fireworks for the whole family. Snag a spot on the boardwalk, or pull up a beach chair in the sand to enjoy the relaxing surf at your side as this annual fireworks celebration kicks off the summer.
Asbury Park Beachfront, 2nd and 4th Ave Beaches, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
4. Avalon 4th of July Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 8:45PM
Drive down to the quaint beach town of Avalon and spend the evening enjoying the Independence Day Family Festivities! Following the fun, there will be a special fireworks show to celebrate the fourth.
30th Street Beach, Avalon, NJ 08202
5. Ocean City Fourth of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Relax on the beach, enjoy the rides at Wonderland Pier or Castaway Cove, have some delicious funnel cake and watch a captivating fireworks display. Arrive early to take part in the annual kite competition at 7:00PM. After a fun day on the beach, families look forward to lining up on the boardwalk for this family-friendly fireworks show.
Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ
6. Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 12:00PM to 10:00PM, Fireworks at 8:30PM
It’s exciting. It’s epic! It’s the 5th ANNUAL JERSEY CITY FREEDOM FIREWORKS FESTIVAL at Exchange Place right on the Hudson River! Come one, come all to the biggest Independence Day celebration in New Jersey. Enjoy a full-day filled with live music, super fun amusement rides, and a mouth-watering myriad of eats and drinks. The festivities will culminate with an amazing fireworks extravaganza by Grucci set against the New York City skyline. This year’s headliner is SNOOP DOGG!
Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ
7. Montclair Celebrates Fourth of July
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 11:00AM to 9:00PM, Fireworks at 9:00PM
Montclair Celebrates Committee and the Township of Montclair celebrate Independence Day each year with a terrific line-up of festivities. This year Montclair will host its 68th annual July 4th parade with exciting performances and live entertainment. The Parade takes place on July 4th, beginning at 11am, rain or shine, at Bloomfield Avenue (at South Fullerton Ave). The parade is followed by a fun Family Picnic in Edgemont Park and a spectacular fireworks display in the evening at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.
Yogi Berra Stadium at Montclair State University, 27 Clove Rd, Little Falls, NJ
8. Collingswood Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:15PM
To the Max will help Collingswood celebrate America’s Independence on Wednesday, July 4, at Collingswood High School. The eight-piece band, one of the liveliest in the Philadelphia region, will entertain the crowd with popular music and play patriotic tunes during the fireworks. Admission is free. The show begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks follow at about 9:15 p.m. at the high school’s stadium. Before the band and fireworks show comes the parade. Collingswood’s Fourth of July Bike Parade is set for Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m. Kids, families and cyclists are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters patriotically.
424 Collings Ave Collingswood, NJ
9. City of Millville July Fourth Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, Fireworks at 9:00PM
Race your way to New Jersey Motorsports Park – NJMP for the City of Millville’s 4th of July Festival on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The festival begins at 5:00 p.m. with live music, food trucks, vendors, a kids zone and more! Fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. The festival is free for all attendees!
8000 Dividing Creek Rd., Millville, NJ
10. Long Branch 27th Annual Oceanfest
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 10:00AM to 10:00PM, Fireworks at 9:00PM
Each year since 1990, crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have descended upon the city’s oceanfront promenade from points all over the Mid-Atlantic region for Oceanfest — an all-day, family friendly festival that brings together the most memorable sights, sounds and sensations of the summer season. Not just a music or food festival; much more than a craft sale or street fair, Oceanfest combines the best parts of everyone’s favorite summertime memory — and caps it all off with the most spectacular fireworks display you’ll see anywhere along the Jersey coast.
1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ
11. July 4th Fireworks at Tuckerton Seaport
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM, Fireworks at 9:00PM
Join the Tuckerton Seaport for a 4th of July fireworks presented by the Pinelands July 4th Fireworks Committee! This free event will also feature a food truck festival.
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum; 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ
12. Freedom Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5:00PM to 11:00PM, Fireworks at 9:30PM
Presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the City of Camden at Wiggins Park, this festival brings thousands of people together to enjoy a series of artists and a spectacular rework show from Serpico Pyrotechnics. This year, Freedom Festival will also have an exclusive beer garden featuring Tonewood Brewing’s nest! Be sure to come to the Camden Waterfront for food, beer music, and reworks in celebration of the annual Freedom Festival! Special concert at 8pm by Eddie Money. 9:30 PM: Fireworks Spectacular over the Delaware River.
Wiggins Waterfront Park & Marina, Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
13. Maplewood 4th of July
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 7:30AM to 10:00PM, Fireworks at 9:25PM
Join for a full day of festivities in Memorial Park, with live music on two concert stages, a carnival midway, boardwalk games, two food courts, a classic car show, the Zerbini Family Circus, and much, much more! 9:25 PM Light Show Spectacular on Both Concert Stages Followed by Fireworks Launch.
Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ
14. Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Fireworks at 9:30PM
A spectacular fireworks display on the oceanfront. Fireworks are viewable from anywhere on The Classic American Boardwalk.
Wildwood Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
15. Summit’s 71st Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 9:30AM to 9:15PM, Fireworks at 9:15PM
Summit’s Fourth of July is a day-long celebration marked by traditions including the Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade and the Grand Fireworks Display. After last year’s success, the Food Truck Festival will welcome a variety of vendors and will be expanded. New evening entertainment will feature The Infernos on the main stage. Carnival rides and children’s entertainment will also continue into the night for the second year, purchase a bounce pass and bounce all night long!
Soldiers Memorial Field; 5 Myrtle Avenue, Summit, NJ
16. Sea Isle City Independence Day Concert
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Fireworks from 7:30PM to 9:00PM
The Independence Day concert will be immediately followed by a fantastic Fireworks display.
Excursion Park; JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ
17. Clifton Picnic & Fireworks Display
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 12:00PM to 10:00PM, Fireworks at 8:45PM
Enjoy the City of Clifton’s fun filled picnic with family and friends at Main Memorial Park on Wednesday, July 4th (tentative raindate: July 7th). Great food, crafts, health screenings, clowns, free activities and rides for the children. Family races and events will take place between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The City of Clifton fireworks display will be held at the Clifton High School Stadium beginning at dusk following the picnic (tentative raindate: July 6th). The Clifton Community Band will perform during the pre-firework concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $3.00 per person and will be available at the City Clerk’s office.
Main Memorial Park, Clifton, NJ
Clifton High School Stadium, Clifton, NJ
18. Cranford 4th of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Fireworks from 9:00AM to 9:15PM
A fun filled day in Cranford! 9:00 am Cane Races (Canoe Club), 9:00 am Firecracker Four Miler (Nomahegan Park), 2:00 pm Rides & Games (Nomahegan Park), 9:15 pm Fireworks (Nomahegan Park)
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave, Cranford, NJ
19. Allendale Community Celebration & Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:30AM to 7:30PM
This fun filled day of events takes place at two locations and begins at Recreation Park at 8:30 am and will feature old fashioned county fair type events including 3 legged races, sack races, waterfall races, potato races, balloon races, softball throws, jumping contests, basketball shoots and football throws. There will be prizes and trophies for the winners in several age categories.There will be a concert and fireworks at Crestwood Lake starting at 7:30 pm. The fireworks display will start at dusk.
Field Events at Recreation Park, Allendale, NJ
Band Concert & Fireworks at Crestwood Lake (West Crescent Avenue), Allendale, NJ
20. Bridgewater Independence Day Family Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 6:00 to 10:00PM (Rain date July 5th)
Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks! North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm. Visitors should plan to arrive early. Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s. Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.
North Branch Park, Bridgewater,NJ