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July 4th 2018 Recap – Hip New Jersey

Another July 4th has come and gone!  Here is a list of some  unique Independence Day events around the state in #HipNJ

50 Star Fire Show Experience, Jersey City

Snoop Dogg was the headline performer for the Fifth Annual Jersey City 4th of July Experience. In addition, the festivity had a carnival, continuous entertainment, beer gardens, and food trucks. The show ended with the world-renowned fireworks company Grucci launching fireworks from multiple barges on the Hudson River.

Pier 13 Freestyle on the Hudson, Hoboken

Pier 13 Hoboken hosted the First Annual Freestyle on the Hudson. This event featured live Performances by TKA and George Lamond along with Musical Guests Anthony D, Anthony Pags and Anthony Dilauri.

Montclair 68th Annual July 4th Parade, Montclair

This year Montclair hosted its 68th annual July 4th parade with exciting performances and live entertainment. There was a parade followed by a Family Picnic in Edgemont Park and a fireworks display in the evening at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.

Oceanfest, Long Branch

It is known as the biggest seasonal event on the Jersey Shore and regarded by some as the biggest in the entire state. Now on its 28th year, Oceanfest celebrated Independence Day with a wide variety of live performances, strolling entertainment and also magic shows. They ended off the night with another fireworks show that they claim is the best in all the Jersey Shore!

Morven Museum & Garden July 4th Jubilee, Princeton

In honor of Independence Day, Morven hosts an event to celebrate our American heritage. This year, the event included a meet and greet with George Washington and Annis Boudinot Stockton as well as demonstrations of early American domestic acts. In addition, people had a chance to create parade flags and pinwheels, listen to live bluegrass music and enjoy a variety of food trucks! 

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular – State Fair Meadowlands, East Rutherford

The State Fair Meadowlands had their Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Met Life Stadium. They had a fireworks show visible from anywhere on the State Fair Midway. Live performances included The Steve Bayner Hypnotist show and the Extreme Illusions & Escapes. They also had pig racing, sea lions, a cycle circus, petting zoo and a variety of magic shows.

Summit’s 71st Annual Fourth of July Celebration, Summit

Summit’s Fourth of July celebrated 70 years with traditions including the Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade and the Grand Fireworks Display. With the coming of another year, the Food Truck Festival was expanded and welcomed a variety of new vendors. Entertainment featured The Infernos on the main stage. Carnival rides and children’s entertainment also occurred into the night along with the opportunity to bounce all night long!

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, Wildwood

Wildwood had their annual Fireworks Spectacular yesterday on the Pine Avenue beach. Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, it was a great time to enjoy the rides, games and stores along the boardwalk in between the special fireworks display!

Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Morristown

Morristown had their annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic Morristown Green. There was also a sing-a-long with Gordon Thomas Ward, a musket salute and guided tours of a Colonial-era graveyard. 

Livingston’s 82nd Annual July 4th Celebration, Livingston

Finally, Livingston’s Celebration took place around Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive in Livingston, NJ. It included an Auto Show, Swim Karnival, Pony Rides and CBS-FM Music & Prizes. In addition, there was Pickleball, Cricket Game & Exhibition and KidZone Rides. They also offered family food and live bands in their Beer & Wine Café. They ended the night with their fireworks display.

new york denim days

The First Annual New York Denim Days

#HipNJ, get ready to cross the Hudson River for the fashionista event of the fall!

An exciting festival called Denim Days will be hitting New York City’s streets from September 30th to October 1st. Founders Eric Goldstein and Andrew Olah introduced the Denim Days festival to Amsterdam in 2014. Since then, it has become a staple event for denim fans and fashion lovers. The first annual New York Denim Days seeks to celebrate New York’s take on the versatile thread we all love to wear.

The city’s denim culture will be displayed on Saturday and Sunday, and everyone from fashion bloggers to families are invited to show off their own unique style.

The festival will not only feature live entertainment, food trucks, art, and kids activities, but also pop up shops, vintage showrooms, workshops, and exhibits—all showcasing the indigo process. Over forty-five established brands will be attending, some offering limited edition collections, including BLKSMTH, Jean Shop, Levi’s Made & Crafted, 3×1, and more. Some highlights include live dyeing of denim by Sayaka Toyama, and on-site jean repairs by denimrepair.com, a site dedicated to fixing your favorite blue jeans in an eco-friendly way.

Denim Days’ expansion from Amsterdam to New York proves how eager consumers are to understand what they are wearing. For those in the denim community, it is a chance to share their craft and educate others about the art. Interactive displays from denim brands as well as lectures from experts allow for this opportunity. New York Denim Days lets consumers connect with the people who make the clothing they love. It is a revolutionary event for fashion.

The first day of the event will be hosted at Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets are available at denim-days.com/ny/tickets for $10 and at the door for $15. Students are $5 with valid identification. Denim Days will conclude at the 18th street festival, in between 6th and 7th avenue, and is free to visit.

Updates on New York Denim Days can be found at @denimdaysfestival on Instagram.

#HipNJ Remembers 9/11

While we will always remember those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, #HipNJ wants to shine light on the unity that came after. Here are some beautiful photos of the Tribute in Light to remind us that together, we can do anything.

Even before being blessed with this view, September 11, 2001 was never too far from my mind. Now, it’s a literal conscious thought every day. I can’t imagine the horror of those who stood here that morning and watched the nightmare across the river unfold. On that actual day, I was in the middle of my first full week of senior year. Anticipation was high for a fun-filled time and the “adult” adventures ahead. Little did I know how much of a crash course I would get in real world cruelty that morning. I remember running to my car so I wouldn't be late for class (natch) but stopping in my tracks to stare at the sky. It was the clearest shade of blue I had ever seen! It was beautiful, haunting even. I have not seen a sky that hue since. I can only think now that it was Heaven opening up for everyone lost that day. In the days and weeks after, I loved how everyone bonded together in the wake of such tragedy. Foes became friends, and friends became family. While the ho-hum of life soon got back to this “new” normal— and old habits took over— there was no denying the fact that we would forever be united by this tragedy. That’s a fact that should never be forgotten, and especially for everyone who lived that day, we never will. 🇺🇸🎗 #911 #September11 #NeverForget

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