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5 Ways to Survive a Rainy Fourth of July

By Katy Kronberg

The hottest, most anticipated day of the summer, the 4th of July, is right around the corner! Planning a fun-filled, patriotic celebration is a must to all New Jersey residents. Many decide to stay home and throw a barbecue with family and friends, while others brave the dreaded holiday weekend traffic and head to the shore.

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Independence Day, it is safe to say that no one wants to factor in the risk of rain spoiling outdoor holiday plans.

But, have no fear. #HipNJ is here with 5 Ways to Survive a Rainy Fourth of July!

  1. Food and Drinks

foood drinkEvery party needs yummy treats and delicious drinks to satisfy the guests. Whether you are hosting or contributing to a potluck, there are many festive recipes to try! From appetizers to desserts, this is your chance to get creative. But, you have to wash down that food with something right?! Try out some Red, White and Blue cocktails (mocktails for children too!) that will definitely show off your American pride.

  1. Games

patrioticJust because the sun is not out does not mean the games have to stop! There are plenty of indoor activities for adults and kids! Design your own Fourth of July themed Bingo boards or set up red, white, and blue pong. A balloon-popping race is fun for all ages, just make sure to keep the color theme going!

  1. Arts and Crafts

shirtmasonIf there are kids at your party, arts and crafts would be a great, fun option to keep them occupied. Grab some patriotic paint, pipe cleaners, and other art supplies and get going! Our favorite idea is to make hand-print flag tee shirts. Just get a white tee shirt, some paint, and a hand of course, and you’re good to go!

  1. Indoor S’mores

smoreAlright, you are probably thinking that s’mores are not the same if not made outside on a fire. But, you can still make those delicious seasonal treats inside! There are s’more makers that you can buy, or try out some different s’mores themed recipes!

  1. Indoor Movie Screen

mmOne thing that most people love to do on the 4th of July is watch a fireworks show. If you’re stuck inside here is an option to keep the celebration going! Set up an indoor movie drive in type of room. Hang up a white sheet on the wall with a projector. Then, grab a video of a fireworks display, turn off the lights, turn up the sound and BOOM, your personal indoor fireworks show!

Here at #HipNJ we don’t let rain ruin our day, so take our advice and check out our Pinterest board filled with 4th of July food, drinks, decorations, crafts and more!


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

Meadowlands State Fair Opens Our Weekend Recap

Another Monday, which means another weekend of #Summer2016 down (but so many more to go)! But not to worry, as the days go by and the heat turns up, #HipNJ won’t leave you out of the loop! Here’s a review of what went on over the past few days for our weekend recap.

Friday, June 24th

It’s that time of year again – the time for the Meadowlands State Fair to take over the parking lot surrounding MetLife Stadium, that is. Celebrating its 30th anniversary and running through July 10, the fair is yet to fall short of entertainment. Carnival rides, games and food is just half of what the fair has to offer. With a hypnosis show, a high dive exhibition, a petting zoo and even more, you’re sure to be entertained any time you go.

Country star Tyler Farr hit up the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on Friday night for his tour in support of his sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, which debuted on the Billboard charts in the top 5. Opening and supporting acts included Jersey-born artists Derek Crider and American Road.

Snapped one picture tonight and it was perfect ? @tylerfarr @starlandballroom #tylerfarr #thunder106

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Saturday, June 25th

Jon Bon Jovi, a prominent Jersey native, followed Taylor Swift’s wedding crash with a surprise appearance of his own. Carol Cesario has been battling lung cancer and had always dreamt of meeting Jon Bon Jovi. It wasn’t until last month when Rosie Skripkunis, Cesario’s daughter, reached out to the singer on social media that the dream was able to become a reality. The family was invited to JBJ Soul Kitchen, Jon Bon Jovi’s restaurant in Toms River, for a free meal followed by his appearance. He gave Cesario an autographed guitar, a book and a kiss on the cheek.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City hosted two top-notch comedians Saturday night in a back-to-back show that called for twice the laughs! At 8:00, CBS’The King of Queens” star Kevin James took the stage. Jane Lynch, the star of “Glee” and NBC’sHollywood Game Night” immediately followed, going on stage at 9:00.

The Summer Olympics are quickly approaching and trial competitions for #Rio2016 are happening everywhere. It was a big weekend for gymnastics, one of the most popular Olympic sports, and #NJ residents were definitely to thank for that. Akashi Modi of Morganville was named an alternate to the men’s Olympic team on Saturday night, which is an accomplishment considering he was one of the youngest competitors throughout this season. The next night, Old Bridge’s Laurie Hernandez placed third in the nation at the senior national championships, earning her a spot at the Olympic trials. She is considered a huge contender for Rio.

Sunday, June 26th

Age is nothing but a number for the 70-year-old Dolly Parton. The country icon is knee-deep into her Pure and Simple Tour, which came to Holmdel and the PNC Bank Arts Center on Sunday night, and performed at the top of her game. With her repertoire of awards and honors, we should expect nothing less.

Honored to be in the presence of this #countrymusic legend tonight. I will always love you #DollyParton! ?? #PureandSimpleTour

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The Copa America Centenario, an international men’s football/soccer tournament with a format similar to the FIFA World Cup, concluded at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Sunday night. In the final, Argentina went up against Chile, which was actually a rematch of the 2015 final. In what was virtually a repeat performance, Chile defeated Argentina based on penalty kicks in the match with a final score of 0-0.