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Events on July 4th In Jersey City & NYC

Events on July 4th  In Jersey City and New York City

It’s almost time to celebrate July 4th. There’s no shortage of events on July 4th in Jersey City and New York City (NYC) areas. At these July 4th celebrations and activities, you’ll find family-friendly activities, live music, food, discover something new, enjoy an experience together and maybe even the fireworks too. Make this year’s July 4th celebration memorable by celebrating with your family and friends at one of these upcoming events.

Freedom and Fireworks

When: Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 1 PM-10PM

Where: Exchange Place Waterfront
Age: All ages
Price: Free


This annual fireworks event will take place at the Exchange Place – Montgomery at the Hudson River and goes from 1pm-10pm. You’ll find carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food trucks and the headliners are Pitball and Akon. Take in breathtaking views illuminated by an incredible showcase of pyrotechnic artistry at Jersey City’s 50 STAR FIRESHOW this July 4th at Exchange Place.

If you want to eat before you get there, visit one of these stroller friendly restaurants


-You can bring Blankets, Towels, Chairs, and CLEAR BAGS.
-Do NOT bring Backpacks or bags that you can NOT see thru, Coolers, Drones, Alcoholic Beverages, Balloons, Kites, Fireworks or Weapons of any type.

Check out these other top things to do in and around Jersey City and top things to do this summer in westside Jersey City.

Fireworks at New Jersey State Fair

When: July 3th & July 4th 2:00 PM- 1:00 AM

Where: 1 MetLife Stadium Drive
Age: All ages 
Price: Parking is $5. Admission prices range from $12 for adults, children 34″ and shorter are free, and there’s a mega pass available for $36.


The New Jersey State Fair provides two nights of fireworks! Enjoy a family-friendly event filled with carnival rides, live entertainment, delicious fair food and live entertainment along with topping it all off with fireworks. This fourth of July fireworks will begin after 10:00 pm on is visible from anywhere on the State Fair Midway. Check the website regularly for updated information regarding the fair and firework shows.

Ridgewood 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th

Where: Veteran’s Field
131 North Maple Ave. Ridgewood, NJ
Age: All ages
Price: Advanced tickets are $10 each for ages 6 and up. Tickets will be on sale at each gate entrance on July 4 for $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.


The theme for the parade this year is All-American Summer, honoring all things American like barbecues, baseball and outdoor concerts. The day starts with a flag raising at 9am followed by a parade stepping off at 10am. Gates and evening entertainment begins at 6pm with three band performances and ends with a fireworks display. Entrance gates open at 6:00 PM and close at 8:45 PM. While the Parade is free, Fireworks Tickets are required for entrance to Vet’s Field.

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that relies on sponsors, private donations and fireworks ticket sales to fund the day’s festivities, security and all other costs.

For more information, visit their website at:

4th of July Fireworks by Macy’s

When: Thursday, July 4th, 2019 5PM-10PM

Where: Brooklyn Bridge/NYC
All ages

Price: Free

There are several places where you can get great views of this magnificent fireworks show. The fireworks still take place over the East River, but unlike the last five years, when the display was centered on midtown, the fireworks will be launching from barges positioned near the Brooklyn Bridge. You will be able to view these fireworks from JC the more south you go. 

This is the fireworks display to see if you have the opportunity. It’s the most massive Independence Day fireworks presentation in the United States. It is anticipated that more than 3 million spectators will enjoy viewing it from various locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and New York City. For entertainment, Jennifer Hudson will be performing. 

Stay up-to-date with the latest information by visiting: or calling the Macy’s Firework Display Hotline at 212.494.4495. Here you’ll find valuable information about points of entry, viewing places and information to help people with disabilities enjoy the celebration too.

Several family-friendly cruises still have tickets available. They begin at various times and locations for optimal viewing of the Macy’s Fourth Of July Fireworks in NYC.

  • Some recommended viewing locations for 2019 Fireworks Displays:
    Liberty State Park-

    JC fireworks would be visible from the LSP waterfront walkway and the northeast corner of the park by the historic CRRNJ Terminal.

    East River State Park– FDR Drive At Houston Street: 

    This is a little further away from the main action and is designated as an official viewing spot by Macy’s. There should still be a clear vantage from East River State Park.

    – East 16th Street and Avenue

    Previously, this location has served as an official ADA-compliant place. While the show begins a 9 pm, crowds start arriving in the late afternoon.

    FDR Drive at 23rd Street

    This location has the added benefit of having an elevated pedestrian ramp, making for a great vantage point to take in the show. It’s also close to a couple of the barges at the lower end of the chain.

    – FDR Drive at 34th Street

    The FDR Drive at 34th Street offers exceptional views and is a popular location which is sure to have a sizeable crowd. This location is also designated by Macy’s as an official viewing spot.

    – FDR Drive at 42nd Street

    This location is almost parallel to the barges where the fireworks will be set off. It’s sure to have a great view and also a large crowd.

    Domino Park

    The new Domino Park will be open. It has exceptional views and might be a location to get a decent view of the fireworks.

  • Grand Ferry Park

    If you want less of a crowd and aren’t worried about a spectacular view of the fireworks, this location might work. It’s a little bit farther away and should have a decent view and be less crowded than other options.

    WNYC Transmitter Park

    This park is a spot, which is slightly closer to the fireworks than some of the places on the Williamsburg waterfront and should offer a great view of the fireworks.

    – Long Island CityGantry Plaza State ParkHunter’s Point South Park

    If you’re in Queens, you can find unobstructed firework views at Gantry Plaza and Hunter’s Point South Parks. Hunter’s Point South Park is directly beside several of the fireworks barges assuring you a stellar view of the fireworks. Get there early as it’s sure to be crowded.

    No matter where you are viewing this spectacular fireworks show on July 4th, 2019, you are encouraged to listen to the choreographed musical score on the radio at 1010 WINS.

    Wherever you watch, you can participate and have fun by using the various social platforms by using: @macys and #MacysFireworks.

    If you are looking for additional events on July 4th Weekend in Jersey City and New York City, read on for more family fun things to do:

    -Statue of Liberty 5K

    Before the barbeques, parades, fireworks… RUN with Lady Liberty! Join the only official race around the Statue of Liberty. Registration is limited to 500 runners, so reserve your spot today.

    Link for registration:

    Link for more event information:

    – Luna Park at Coney Island

    Nathan’s Famous July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest has been an Independence Day tradition since 1916. Contestants see who can consume the most hot dogs in ten minutes. You can also enjoy the boardwalk and a lot of fun in the sun including the beach, the roller coaster, and carnival games.

  • -Brooklyn Bridge and DumBo Walking Tour

    Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Discover this landmarks history and fascinating story. Be ready for picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline. After you cross the bridge, take plenty of time to enjoy the Brooklyn neighborhood of DumBo. Have some pizza, delicious desserts, more stunning waterfront views and visit some shops and art galleries.

    – Yankee Stadium Tour Or New York Yankees Game

    Celebrate America’s birthday by taking a tour of the Yankee Stadium or watching a game.

    Happy Independence Day! Enjoy celebrating America’s birthday with your family and friends. Enjoy time under the stars watching fireworks light up the sky as you celebrate the 4th of July and make it a memorable event and tradition for your family.

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