Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Newark this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
Branch Brook Park
A laid-back day picnicking 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 an outdoor gathering, Branch Brook Park is one of the prettiest places near Newark. The park’s lovely landscape, which features lakes, bridges, and winding paths, was designed by the same firm responsible for Central Park in NYC. And in addition to the picturesque beauty of the park, there is plenty for the whole family to do. The park has public art, trails, playgrounds, horseshoes, bocce ball, tennis courts, and more!
Go to a Fair
State Fair Meadowlands, the New Jersey State Fair, is back this year from June 18th through July 11th. Come enjoy over 100 rides, carnival games, and yummy fair foods like fried Oreos and corn dogs. There are also going to be attractions like magicians, pig races, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, animal rides, and more. The schedule varies by day. Over 4th of July Weekend, there will be a fireworks show both Saturday and Sunday after 10 pm. Buy tickets online ahead for $34.99.
Looking to get out of the city for Fourth of July weekend? A perfect weekend getaway spot is Cape May, a cute beach town located a little over two hours from Newark. There’s plenty to do in this historic seaside resort town on any given weekend, like exploring the lovely streets full of pastel-colored, flower-bedecked Victorian houses, shopping and dining in the pedestrian-friendly downtown district, or swimming at the miles of open, sandy beach.
Things get even better around Independence Day. Provided everything can happen due to COVID, there will be a parade along Beach Avenue at 1 pm on Saturday and fireworks Sunday night. Historic Cold Spring Village, a living history museum, will be hosting a celebration all weekend with music, family activities, demonstrations of early American trades, and the chance to explore historic buildings.
Runaway Rapids Waterpark
Cooling off in the pool is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and if you want to make your pool day extra fun for the whole family, head to Runaway Rapids Waterpark. This tropical-themed waterpark is only 45 minutes from Newark. Kids will love the 18 different water slides of varying speeds, little ones can enjoy splash pads and the “Toddler’s Reef”, and adults will appreciate the lazy river and spa pools.
For a truly epic day, pair the water park with a trip to its affiliate, the neighboring Keansburg Amusement Park, which has rides, go-karts, batting cages, arcades, a beach, a fishing pier, and a haunted manor.
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