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Fourth of July Pre-Weekend Recap

Celebration is underway as #NJ heads into #FourthOfJulyWeekend. Whether it be a barbecue, bonfire, or beach trip, everyone has their own special way of celebrating. But the universal (or nationwide, at least) way of celebrating this historic day in American history is, of course, fireworks! But with the holiday falling on a Monday this year, some celebrations were a bit earlier. Here’s what went down over the past week in our special Fourth of July pre-weekend recap.

Saturday, June 25th

Ocean Township and Manchester were among the first in the state to hold their annual Fourth of July firework celebrations – they just couldn’t wait! Morris Plains also took this day to hold its special event dubbed Morris Plains’ Family Day and Fireworks.

Sunday, June 26th

Sunday was the second day of 94.5 PST’s Annual Freedom Festival. This family-friendly event included carnival rides, live music, a car show and more! And, of course, the day was capped off with a fireworks show.

Tuesday, June 28th

Branch Brook Park, a county park in Northern Newark, hosted a Fourth of July performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra inside Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Terrific concert tonight at the Newark Cathedral! #njso #summer #newark350

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Wednesday, June 29th

Hanover Township and Cedar Grove managed to keep spirits high in the middle of the work week by holding their firework celebrations on Wednesday night.

Thursday, June 30th

Did you heard occasional bursting coming from the sky on Thursday night? Well, there’s a lot of different places that could have been coming from. Towns that held fireworks on this night as a prelude to the holiday weekend included Fair Lawn, Fairfield Township, Verona and Montgomery Township. Minor league baseball team Trenton Thunder also held its first of four post-game fireworks exhibit at Arm & Hammer Park on this night.

Post game fireworks. ? #fireworks #baseball #trentonthunder #boomerangapp #trenton #nj

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In a recent article, TIME magazine listed Seaside Heights’ Casino Pier as one of 240 reasons to celebrate America. Just four years ago, Superstorm Sandy completely destroyed the entire boardwalk. Not too long after, mass fires devastated some of the area. In 2016, the repaired boardwalk serves as a reminder that the Garden State really is #StrongerThanTheStorm and is open for the public to enjoy.

National Selfie Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

Say Cheese! Today is National Selfie Day! In honor of #SelfieDay, take a look at some of these famous #NJ celebrities and their selfies!

1. Tara Reid, Wyckoff

Bye bye Coachella! I will miss you! See you next year!?????❤️????

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2. Bruce Springsteen, Long Branch

#Repost from @officialrumbledoll ・・・ #SNL #rehersals. @nbcsnl

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3. Shaquille O’Neal, Newark

What up boy boy

A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

4. Queen Latifah, Newark

Thank you for all of the birthday well wishes you really know how to make gal feel good! ❤️❤️

A photo posted by Queen Latifah (@queenlatifah) on

5. Vera Farmiga, Clifton


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6. Laura Prepon, Watchung

Current obsession @erinfetherston clutch. ????????

A photo posted by Laura Prepon (@lauraprepon) on

7. Meryl Streep, Summit

With Margo Martindale

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8. Christina Milian, Jersey City

Side Pony & Glow ✨✨✨ #FoxUpfronts

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9. Kelly Ripa, Stratford

In a galaxy NOT so far away…………. #afteroscars

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10. Kevin Jonas, Teaneck

Thank you @anthonymichaelfitfood and. @anthonymichaelfit for feeding me ????

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mother's day

Spend Mother’s Day in #HipNJ!

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of the perfect way to show your Mom just how treasured she is. Busy schedules and missed phone calls get the best of all of us, but it’s not too late! Instead of buying another cliché gift, (what is this, the third year in a row?) #HipNJ has come to the rescue and put together the ultimate Mother’s Day activity list:

Dig for Diamonds!
Meadowlands Racetrack has a slew of M-Day activities planned for the weekend (including Derby Day), but nothing tops their annual Diamond Dig! Ten lucky moms have the chance to dig for some gorgeous diamond jewelry in the Winner’s Circle. Click here for more information!

Visit One of New Jersey’s Wineries!
This Sunday, Alba’s Vineyard is hosting their annual Mother’s Day Festival. Spoil Mom with an afternoon at New Jersey’s largest estate vineyard overlooking the scenic Musconetcong Valley.  Enjoy the day with family and friends treating mom to a special event filled with a wine tasting, cellar tour, food for purchase, and live music. Learn more at: AlbaVineyard.com

Take a Boat Ride on the Hudson!
Celebrate Mom and treat her to a special day on the water aboard Spirit Cruises. With a delicious buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and incredible views of the NYC skyline, this will be a Mother’s Day she’ll always remember.  For more information: SpiritCruises.com

Paint and Sip!
This new craze is spreading fast, and #HipNJ understands why. Visit your local Pinot’s Palette to discover a new way to unwind and experience the perfect pairing. Enjoy your favorite beverage (or not) and leave with a hand painted masterpiece that’s definitely fridge worthy!  Sign up here: PinotsPalette.com

Treat Her to a Day of Pampering!
While this is an age-old mother-daughter activity, it still resonates. Help mom relax and spend the day with her at José Eber Salon in Millburn, where numerous Mother’s Day specials will be running this weekend.  Book an appointment: JoseEberNJ.com

Take in a Show!
Let Mama get her groove on at Prudential Center in Newark! They are hosting the first ever “WBLS’ A Mother’s Day Celebration” featuring Maze, Kenny Lattimore, the legendary Toni Braxton and more! Click here to purchase tickets.