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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.

#HipNJ Fourth of July Celebrations

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching! Do you know what you’ll be doing to celebrate? If not, then this is the perfect article for you! Here is a list of the best places to celebrate this weekend up until July 4th in #HipNJ!

Saturday, June 30

The Headliner, Neptune

Randolph Freedom Festival & Parade, Randolph

Mercer County Freedom Festival, West Windsor Twp.

Sunday, July 1

Oasis Pool & Day Club, Neptune

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Red Bank

Monday, July 2

Fireworks in the Park, Highland Park

Tuesday, July 3

The Headliner, Neptune

New Providence Independence Day Celebration, Downtown New Providence

Daer Nightclub AC, Atlantic City

Wednesday, July 4

Pier 13 Hoboken, Hoboken

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival, Jersey City

Montclair Independence Day Parade & Picnic, Montclair

Morven Museum & Garden’s July 4thth Jubilee, Princeton

Oceanfest, Long Branch

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!