Patriotic Sweets For The Fourth of July

By: Andrea Fasciano

Independence Day is just around the corner! As you plan for your Fourth of July celebrations and gatherings don’t forget to include some sweets to top off your meal. Here are some festive treats that will surely be a major winner at all of your parties and barbecues this July 4th!

1. The Pirate Cupcake, Milford

Pull apart cupcake cake flag.. Happy 4th! #piratecupcake

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2. The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe, Chester

#4thofjuly #buttercream #redwhiteandblue #cupcakes

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3. Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, Chester

4. Palermo’s Bakery, Ridgefield Park

5. Café Pierrot, Sparta

6. Mueller’s Bakery, Bay Head

7. Cake That, Manahawkin

8. Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes, Hoboken

9. The Meat House, Summit

Garden State Independence Day Fireworks

By: Andrea Fasciano

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and luckily there are firework displays going on all around #NewJersey. Hip New Jersey has you covered so you won’t miss out on any of these compelling Independence Day firework celebrations!

1. Surf City Beach Bar, Jersey City

2. Allendale, Bergen County

3. Hackensack

4. Lyndhurst

5. Marlton

6. Stone Harbor

7. Tim McGraw At Wildwood’s July 4th Beach Concert

8. Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair

9. Bay Village, Beach Haven

10. Atlantic City

11. Ocean Fest, Long Branch

Brad Wing’s Celebrity Softball Game

Giants punter Brad Wing hosted a celebrity softball game at Dutchess Stadium, and Hip New Jersey was there for it all. The game featured wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as other current and former Giants.

#HipNJ’s own Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Brad Wing about how the event came to be. He was approached a few months ago, decided on softball, the facility became available, and “everything lined up.” He also expressed his excitement for the event, stating, “We have some current players here, some past players, and some good guests. So, I think it’s going to be a good time.”

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants spoke on what the event means to him. “This community gave me so much when I was with the Giants. It’s my pleasure to come here and give back and help as much as I can. It’s giving kids with cancer a chance, and that’s my plan,” he said.

TV personality Tracy Dimarco was also in attendance, stating her enthusiasm for “a fun night out.” The players’ jerseys were donated by her husband’s company.

#HipNJ also spoke with Eli Apple, cornerback for the New York Giants. “We’re trying to give a nice show and not embarrass ourselves too bad,” he said. When asked to rate his softball skills on a scale of one to ten, he laughed and gave himself a zero.

A portion of the proceeds went to benefit The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation, as well as other childhood cancer charities.

The Ryan McElroy Foundation “helps children who have cancer and need help with anything from medical bills to living expenses,” supporter Amanda Pallazzo said. “Anything you need help with, they’re there for you.”

The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by family and friends of Ryan McElroy who lost his life to cancer just shy of his fifth birthday. To learn more, head over to their website.

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