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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.

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#HipNJ’s Weekend Report: July 14th-16th

This weekend was a busy one for #NJ! If you were too busy having fun, #HipNJ has got you covered with the hottest happenings in the Garden State over the past three days!  

 

A little late, but last night was lit💥

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White Meadow Lake Festival Days: Rockaway, NJ

Last Friday, White Meadow Lake Country Club hosted White Meadow Lake Festival Days! Participants were able to participate in a volleyball tournament, go on a scavenger hunt and try their hand in sand castle building! This exciting day filled with good food and family fun ended with a fireworks show.

Boogie Board Races: Wildwood, NJ

This Saturday marked Wildwood’s annual Boogie Boarding Contest! Boys and girls ages 5-17 were given the opportunity to showcase their boogie boarding skills at 15th Avenue Beach in North Wildwood. Prizes were awarded for Most Creative and Longest and Best Overall Ride in each age category.

Summer in the Street: Toms River, NJ

This Saturday was an exciting day for downtown Toms River, as the town hosted Summer in the Street! This event included everything from live entertainment to crafts and food to loads of family fun!

Foodie Nightlife Experience: Jersey City, NJ 

This Saturday and Sunday, Jersey City hosted over 20 yummy food vendors from NYC and NJ at the Harborside Financial Center Platform! Not only were attendees given a wide selection of bites and brews, all produce was priced at five dollars or less!

 

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Freedom Fest State Fair: Allentown, NJ

This weekend also was home to the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown, NJ! This fair is the largest in Central Jersey and gives visitors to enjoy New Jersey heritage while providing endless entertainment. From tasty food to fun rides and games, the whole family was sure to be entertained!

 

#Hypothermia, nailing it for 30 years… #nottoocoldtorockandroll #BlackPotatoeMusicFest21 – photos: John Bohnel

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Black Potato Music Festival

On the music front, this weekend also marked the 21st annual Black Potato Music Festival. The festival gave visitors a unique musical experience by mixing rock and jazz classics with new emerging artists and sounds!

Belmar Movies on the Beach: Belmar, NJ

This weekend marked another movie night on the beach for 8th Ave in Belmar, NJ! This weekend, the featured movie was Rogue One. If you missed out this weekend, you can watch a movie with your toes on the sand every Saturday until September 9th!

Hip NJ’s Weekend Recap: July 7-9

If you were too busy having fun in the sun, #HipNJ has got you covered on what you missed in New Jersey this weekend! 

Comic fest (July 8 & 9), Morristown, NJ

Comic Fest hit Morristown this weekend! People had the chance to meet the actors who played iconic superheros such as Superman and The Flash. Vendors provided comics, art, vintage toys, and pop culture items.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival, Wildwood, NJ

On Saturday, world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long hosted the 5th Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival! Participants competed for a variety of prizes and awards while spectators enjoyed live music, a magic show, beach games, and more!

Blueberry Bash, Princeton, NJ

Terhune Orchards in Princeton NJ gave a sweet twist to the weekend by hosting a Blueberry Bash! This event not only let participants taste some of New Jersey’s best blueberries, it also provided live music, wagon rides, wine tastings and more!

NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival, North Wildwood, NJ 

The NJ State Barbecue Championship & Blues Festival kicked off this weekend! The 3-day festival included live cooking demonstrations, top regional & national blues acts, and delicious food!

Promenade Art Show, Cape May, NJ

Cape May acted as a curator of New Jersey’s finest crafters this weekend! Participants enjoyed the opportunity to purchase everything from jewelry to leather goods to watercolor paintings at the Promenade Art Show!

 

Full moon beach camping is now in full effect

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Full Moon Beach Camping, Seaside Heights, NJ

On July 9th, North Beach in Seaside Heights invited families to bring their own tent and camp out for the night in the sand! Participants enjoyed an all night beach party that ended with an unbeatable view of the sunrise.

 

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By the Light of the Moon, Atlantic City, NJ

On July 9th, Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City gave participants the opportunity to experience a lighthouse tour like never before! The event allowed night time climbs of the lighthouse that included snacks and beverages!

Restaurant Week, New Brunswick, NJ  

This weekend also kicked off New Brunswick’s Restaurant Week! Starting July 8th and ending July 22nd, this event is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Stop by the New Brunswick Restaurant Week website to view the list of participating restaurants and their respective special offers in honor of this event!

4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk, Roselle, NJ 

Warinanco Park in Roselle NJ combined fun and a good cause by hosting the 4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk! The Worthy Women’s Entrepreneurial Sisterhood is an organization that encourages feminine entrepreneurship! Participants were able to get in a good workout while supporting their own and others businesses!

Jeepers for Troopers, Hamilton, NJ 

July 9th also saw a day of fun for a good cause! The New Jersey Jeep Association organized a charity ride for the Alpha Corps Foundation.  The Alpha Corps Foundation strives to provide economic relief for the families of fallen New Jersey State Troopers.