Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return. Read on to see what’s happening around Journal Square in Jersey City this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
Liberty State Park
A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, you may as well stay on-brand with the theme of the holiday and go to Liberty State Park. The park has tons of BBQ grills, picnic tables, and pavilions, not to mention jaw-dropping views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. You and the whole family could easily stay occupied all day enjoying the playground, visiting the memorials, boating, fishing, or crabbing on the Hudson River, and walking or biking the trails. If the fireworks end up happening this year (see below), the park is the perfect place to see them.
Freedom and Fireworks Festival
Jersey City usually hosts a huge Fourth of July bash ending with a firework show to end all fireworks shows, over the Statue of Liberty. Last year’s festival got postponed ‘til 2021 but there hasn’t yet been an official announcement if the festival is on for this year. So, you’ll want to bookmark this one and check back soon! Previous years have featured live music, fair food, food trucks, a beer garden, a carnival with rides and games in anticipation of the evening’s fireworks.
Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and Journal Square is conveniently located near the Jersey Shore where you can do just that! The adorable beach town of Asbury Park is located around an hour from Jersey City by car (depending on traffic) or a two-hour train ride from Journal Square via PATH and NJ Transit trains. Asbury Park has a huge beach (there is a fee to access it) as well as a fun boardwalk with lots of shops and places to eat. It’s not yet confirmed if the fireworks will be back this year, but the town typically has one of the best displays on the Jersey Shore. Besides, by visiting Asbury Park on the Fourth of July, you’ll be earning major New Jersey points by channeling Bruce Springsteen’s.
East Brunswick Celebrations
Another festive road trip option is the town of East Brunswick, which is just 45 minutes by car and 2 hours by train from Journal Square. While it’s still unconfirmed if they’ll be bringing back their usual Independence Day celebrations this summer, the town typically gets super festive around July 4th! They usually have a festival with live music, food and drinks, fun activities for the kids, and lots of red, white, and blue spirit. And at night they have fireworks for a perfect end to the day.
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