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Pokemon Go and a Jeter Wedding: Weekend Recap

Just because the holiday weekend has passed doesn’t mean that #NJ isn’t, well, hip anymore! The #GardenState had nothing short of awesome things happening throughout. See what went down and who stirred things up this weekend in our weekly weekend recap.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Earlier in the week, Pokemon Go was released on the app store. In the game, virtual Pokemon appear through the player’s smartphone camera and are to be captured and trained by the player. The fever over this new twist in the international franchise made its way to New Jersey this weekend as people of all ages indulged in this new virtual reality.

In probably the most adorable of news, the state revealed to the public that the senate recently passed a bill that requires all pet stores in New Jersey to sell only dogs that originate from animal shelters or rescues. The bill seeks to battle the issue of the abundance of puppy mills throughout the nation. Next, the bill will go to the assembly, where a debate will ensue.

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Canadian superstar Justin Bieber made his stratospheric comeback with Purpose, his latest album, after a few unfortunate clashes with the media and he’s celebrating it with the Purpose World Tour. The show hit the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday night. With singles like “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” it’s hard not to learn to be a #Belieber again. The media loves a bad boy, right?

Saturday marked day two of the The Vampire Diaries Official Convention at the Hilton Parsippany. Fans in attendance had the opportunity to actively engage in the fictitious world of the popular show all weekend. Perhaps the most exciting and highly anticipated part of the convention was a celebrity appearance by Ian Somerhalder, one of the show’s main stars.

Ian Somerhalder!!!!!!!!! #TVDNJ ❤️❤️❤️

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While it may have been a sad day for the ladies, it was certainly a happy day for Derek Jeter as he tied the knot with girlfriend and model Hannah Davis on Saturday. Jeter, the Pequannock Township-born professional baseball shortstop, and Davis chose the small ceremony route and wed in Napa, California.

Sunday, June 10th, 2016

Old Bridge native and elite gymnast Laurie Hernandez didn’t hesitate to wow the audience and the rest of the young gymnasts watching nationwide at the gymnastics Olympic Trials in San Jose, California. In her first year as a senior gymnast, she was named to the team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday night at 16 years old. She finished well ahead of many of her elders, earning herself gymnastics superstardom.

Young Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer proved that they can keep up with the other biggest boy bands in the world on Sunday. Currently in its North American leg and in support of Sounds Good Feels Good, the band’s latest album, the Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour arrived in Holmdel at none other than the PNC Bank Arts Center.

I love playing to you. Thank you for this evening Holmdel, New Jersey, we had 12,000 strong tonight xx

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Recap: A Successful NJ Fourth of July Weekend

Perhaps the most anticipated holiday of the summer, the Fourth of July carried along with it an entire weekend and #NJ certainly did not fall short of celebration this year. What’s a better way to start off a new month than with an entire weekend of festivities? Here’s just some of what went down in the #GardenState in honor of the nation’s birthday.

Friday, July 1st

Despite some inclement weather around the state and the main holiday falling on a Monday, some neighborhoods still managed to kick off the weekend with a traditional firework show rather than finish it off with one. Booms could be heard in towns such as Lambertville and Carteret. Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial in Camden also put on a show that attendees could view straight from the USS New Jersey itself.

It’s that #time of #year again. #fireworks #holidays #photooftheday #igers #igers_philly #newhopepa #lambertvillenj

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Saturday, July 2nd

The Randolph Township Freedom Festival returned to the County College of Morris for a day filled with food trucks, live bands, attractions and more. Saturday was the final day of the three day event. The day closed with what is described as the best fireworks show in Morris County.

The PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel Township was certainly the place to be on Saturday night if you were looking to spend the holiday jamming to some live music. Rock bands Panic! at the Disco and Weezer lit up the amphitheatre as part of their summer tour. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness also made an appearance as a supporting act.

Holmdel NJ. ?- @jakechams

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Sunday, July 3rd

The Heroes & Villains Fan Fest hit Secaucus at the Meadowlands Expo Center on Sunday for the second day of the two day event. The superhero convention included appearances from cast members of several popular television shows including “Arrow” and “Gotham.”

Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor celebrated big with its July 4th Fest. Park goers enjoyed nights full of entertainment and fireworks after a day of thrill rides and water park fun. Presented by Coca-Cola, people also had the opportunity to earn an exclusive early ride time an hour before the parks opening between 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. if they brought with them a Coke can along with their ticket.

Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to Six Flags Great Adventure!

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Monday, July 4th

The annual Ridgewood Fourth of July parade returned for the 106th year. With a theme that celebrated the nation’s national parks, marching bands, flag bearers, floats, and more made their way through the village’s main roads. The parade is perhaps most characterized by the amount of chairs that many residents put out along the streets in advance. Some put chairs out up to two weeks in advance and make it a personal goal to have the same spot each year. Some even claim to have been watching the parade from the same spot for up to 31 years.

Long Branch Beach’s 26th annual Oceanfest took place Monday and attracted thousands of tourists, as is the case every year. This is what makes it both the largest July 4th celebration along the Jersey Shore and in the state. For 12 hours, non-stop entertainment was available for people of all ages and the day was capped with nothing other than a fireworks spectacular.

In the midst of all the traditional celebration along the shore, Wildwood went out on a limb and hosted a Tim McGraw concert on the town’s local beaches. Despite some questionable weather that delayed his appearance, beach goers stopped at nothing as they waited for the outdoor concert to begin on the beach for up to six hours.

Tim McGraw in #wildwoodnj

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