15 Best NJ Events This Weekend: July 1 – 3

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Spend the day enjoying live attractions and food trucks for the Randolph Freedom Festival and Parade, support the township of Leonia during their Leonia Sports Booster Club Carnival featuring a variety of fun, attend the State Meadowlands Fair with over 150 rides and attractions, or grow your collection of cards and memorabilia at the Sports cards, toys, comics, and collectibles show in Wildwood.

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1. Randolph Freedom Festival & Parade
June 30th – July 2nd, 2016 | 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Fourth of July is just around the corner and the County College of Morris is holding its largest event of the season with a live DJ and live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and many more attractions such as rides and games. On the last day of the event, there will be a spectacular firework show to wrap it all up.
County College of Morris
Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

2. Leonia Sports Booster Club Carnival
July 1st – July 4th, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
With over 10+ adult and kiddie rides for people of all ages, the Leonia Sports Booster Club Carnival is sure to be the best family event of the weekend.
40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

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3. State Meadowlands Fair
July 1st – July 10th, 2016 | All Day Event
As New Jersey’s largest family-friendly event, the State Fair at the Meadowlands brings an endless amount of rides and attractions (over 150 of them to be exact), a variety of food vendors, and interactive games and entertainment for the whole family.
Meadowlands Fairgrounds
East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: $5 parking, $10 admission

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4. Sports Cards, Toys, Comics, & Collectibles Show
July 1st – July 3rd, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
If you want to build up your collection of cards, memorabilia, and other collectables than stop by the Sports Card, Toys, Comics, and Collectibles show going down at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Over 100+ tables will be featuring beanie babies, video games, comic books, action figures, non-sport cards and sports cards, and many other collectible items.
The Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

5. Shark Week at Breakwater Beach
July 1st, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join Discovery Channel during their shark week extravaganza at Breakwater Beach. Learn all you can about the complexity of sharks through arts and crafts and exciting games, all hosted by the Breakwater Beach waterpark.
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach
800 Ocean Ter, Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: Free

6. Perth Amboy Fireworks Spectacular
July 1st, 2016 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Celebrate our stars and stripes with the Perth Amboy Firework Spectacular featuring a multiplicity of firework displays in the sky and a free concert performance along with other festivities.
Sadowski Pkwy
Perth Amboy, NJ
Cost: Free

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7. Brookdale Park Summer Music & Firework Show
July 1st, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Start the summer right with the Essex County summer music concert series with a diverse lineup of performers at the park. Bring your family, a blanket, and a snack and enjoy the sounds of summer followed up by a firework celebration later in the night.
Brookdale Park
Bloomfield, NJ
Cost: Free

8. Wildwood Fourth of July Weekend
July 1st – July 4th, 2016 | Times Vary
Wildwood is celebrating the Fourth of July all weekend long with some special events lined up including a boardwalk run, multiple patriotic parades, live concerts and performances on the boardwalk, a craft show, the Patriotic Pooch Parade, fireworks, and even beach yoga. Many of the events are free, but some do have prices that vary.
Wildwood Beach and Boardwalk
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: Free

9. 63rd Army Band Concert
July 1st, 2016 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Army Band Concert is honoring those who have served by hosting its 63rd annual free concert event for the entire family to relax and enjoy.
3575 Valley Rd., Liberty Corner, NJ
Cost: Free

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10. Seining Along Sandy Hook
July 1st, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fresh water fish, crabs, and other sea creatures are making an appearance at the Seining event at Sandy Hook Bay. Don’t miss out on this family-friendly fish-loving event where families will pull a sein net from through the waters and catch some live fish.
Bayshore Waterfront Park
719 Port Monmouth Rd., Port Monmouth, NJ
Cost: Free

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11. Palmer Square Summer Music Series
July 2nd, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The free music concerts never stop as Princeton hosts the Palmer Square Summer Music Series—a free live performance from the Nassau Brass. From Americana to ragtime tunes, the Nassau Brass band will be performing a variety of sounds.
Palmer Square on the Green
Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free

12. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Free Concert with Fireworks
July 2nd, 2016 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is heading to Mercer County Park for their Fourth of July festival of free music followed up by a beautiful firework show. Performing classic tunes from Ghostbusters, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and more, this NJSO performance is fit for all ages and a fun free event for a Saturday night.
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
334 South Post Road, West Windsor Township, NJ
Cost: Free

13. 4th of July Parade with Geoffrey
July 2nd, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
A chance to win free prizes, Ultra Stomp rocket and NERF football activities, ice cream sandwiches while supplies last, a free pinwheel for every child, and many more fun activities will be happening at select Toys R Us stores this Fourth of July weekend.
Any Participating Toys R Us Store
Cost: Free

14. Summer Art Walk
July 2nd, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Check out the local artists during this special Spring Lake outdoor gathering of talented creators. Bring the whole family and witness different art pieces and works of Spring Lake experts.
Spring Lake 3rd Avenue Business District
Spring Lake, NJ
Cost: Free

15. Plainfield 4th of July Parade and Concert
July 2nd, 2016 | All Day Event
Friends and family of Plainfield are invited to Cedar Brook Park for their Fourth of July celebration including a live band, an exciting parade, and a lovely firework show to end off the night.
Cedar Brook Park
Plainfield, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

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Amanda is a student at William Paterson University majoring in English with a concentration in Writing, and a Psychology minor on the side. Her passions are reading young adult literature, writing reviews on her personal blog and short stories for university level competitions, and eating very, very spicy foods. When she’s not reading or playing with her cat, Sly, you can find Amanda working out at the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her guilty pleasure meals consist of chicken tikka masala, vegan black bean burgers, and soup from Panera Bread. When she finishes college, Amanda looks forward to publishing her first book.

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