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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.

WEEKEND RECAP: JUNE 29 - JULY 1

WEEKEND RECAP: JUNE 29 – JULY 1

Miss what happened over the weekend? #HipNJ has all the hot events that you missed in our weekend recap!

2018 STATE FAIR MEADOWLANDS

2018 STATE FAIR MEADOWLANDS JUNE 29 – JULY 1

State Fair Meadowlands featured a bonanza of scrumptious food from over 50 vendors across the country. The Fairgrounds also featured heart-pounding rides and the largest Kiddy Land in N.J., as well as the area’s only Sky Ride. Fairgoers were also able to experience a wide variety of attractions from having their face painted, to posing for a cartoon caricature or discovering shopping spots including jewelry, spa relaxation, sunglasses, body art, LED apparel, clothing for all ages and much more!

DAER NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING

DAER NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING JUNE 29 & 30

The new nightclub Dear opened this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City NJ. The entertainment that was featured had the crowd dancing nonstop, while also enjoying delicious drinks.

SUNSET SATURDAY NIGHT

SUNSET SATURDAY NIGHT JUNE 30

A 4th of July Weekend Special EventSunset Saturday hosted ‘Kirill Takes Was Over Here at The Shore” with music by PS1 and Jaetnro. The event had people on their feet all night while enjoying drinks from the bar!

SHARKFEST

SHARKFEST JUNE 30

SharkFest was a shark-themed family fun festival for kids and kids at heart. The event brought dozens of interesting crafts and marine life themed vendors, snacks, & live music to the Waterfront Promenade at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Marina.

JOHN LEGUIZAMO’S LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS

JOHN LEGUIZAMO’S LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS JUNE 30

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presented Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo in a live performance of his Tony-nominated hit, Latin History for Morons. The show had the crowd on their feet by the end with pure entertainment in their eyes.

JP CLASSICS POOL PARTY

JP CLASSICS POOL PARTY JULY 1

Euro Ent Presented Independence Day Weekend JP Classics Pool Party! Guests were able to attend while relaxing in the pool on the hot day or mingling and drinking with people around. Entertainment was also available for people to dance around or enjoy games!

FOREVER IN YOUR MIND – THE EUPHORIC EXPERIENCE TOUR

FOREVER IN YOUR MIND – THE EUPHORIC EXPERIENCE TOUR JULY 1

Emery Kelly, Ricky Garcia and Liam Attridge came back with their new EP, Euphoric. The new EP showcased a more mature sound and experimental beat while still honoring their signature sound.

They’ve spent the last two years selling out concerts across the country and seeing their social media profile soar. The boys continued their musical journey at iPlay America where they got to preform in front of thousands of guests.

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT MARINE PARK IN RED BANK

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT MARINE PARK IN RED BANK JULY 1

Guests were able to go to Marine Park in Red Bank New Jersey to listen to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra! They were also able to lay out underneath the night sky and gaze at the stars. Some people even said they heard sounds from other planets!

create happy moments

Create Happy Moments

Don’t throw out your children’s Halloween costumes just yet!

Mayra Betances, founder of Create Happy Moments, is hoping fellow #Hippers will tap into their giving spirit and help her spread joy to those less fortunate. In our interview with Mayra, she tells us all about her organization and discusses how YOU can help!

What is the charity effort you’re staging?
The charity, Create Happy Moments, is all about collecting used children’s Halloween costumes here in the U.S. and donating them to unfortunate and less resourceful children in the Dominican Republic. On February 27th, DR celebrates their national Independence Day by dressing up in costumes and having a carnival. We want these children to be able to happily participate in the festivities! It’s a cultural exchange, and at the same time, the children will be able to learn about giving back and see how they are making an impact.

How did you become so passionate about this cause?
I am originally from the Dominican Republic, and was one of those less fortunate children. As a child of 6, my family couldn’t afford to buy us costumes. Every February, when it came to Carnival, my siblings and I made our own costumes. It was creative and it was fun but times have changed. Kids see what is on T.V. and they know what they want.

When I was 12, I migrated to the U.S. and now have 3 children of my own. One day, while I was at my middle child’s Halloween parade, I started thinking about all of these costumes and wondered where they all go after the holiday is over. That’s when the idea clicked. If these children are not going to use their costumes again, I can collect them and ship them to DR just in time for Independence Day and Carnival!

How are your kids reacting to this experience?
I collected the costumes for the first time in 2009, which is when I had the “aha” moment. Then, in February 2010, the actual activity took place. I had some family members in the Dominican Republic talk to two small underprivileged schools and they were able to get the whole thing set up. They gave out the costumes, went to the parade, and documented the whole experience. It was really rewarding to see everything fall into place. My children were able to help and I remember them packing the costumes with me. I definitely want them to be involved so they can see the difference we are making. I’m sure this whole experience is leaving an impact on them, though they might not grasp it until later. Mostly, I hope that as they grow this idea of giving is instilled in their personality.

How can other people get involved?
People can get involved in many ways. I’m mainly asking for costume donations, though it’s important to realize that I accept accessories as well. If you don’t have a full costume, I can take a crown, wings, wands, capes and whatever else! All those pieces can be further assembled to create a single costume. In addition, I want to reach out to shipping companies; I can always appreciate service help and donations! Lastly, I’m setting up a GoFundMe account in the event that we do not collect enough costumes or don’t have enough cash to buy shipping supplies. Back in 2010, I ended up with more kids needing costumes than the ones I collected. My husband ended up helping me out with money for both shipping and costumes themselves. I just want to be prepared.

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To learn more about the organization and follow Mayra’s progress, visit and like her Facebook page. There, you can track their contributions and see how they’re making a difference.