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Celebrate July 4th in JC

Jun 29, 2021

Independence Day is just around the corner and 4th of July celebrations are returning this year in a big way! All the barbecuing and fireworks we missed last year are back, and the holiday is shaping up to be the fun summer event we know and love. For more info on what Jersey City has in store this July 4th weekend, and how to enjoy the festivities, read ahead! 

Attend JC’s 50 Star Fireworks Celebration

For an epic 4th of July celebration, head to Jersey City’s own 50 Star Fireworks show. Touted as JC’s Freedom & Fireworks Festival, the evening will feature a dazzling pyrotechnic display by sixth-generation, family-owned experts Fireworks by Grucci. Taking place in Liberty State Park with patriotic Lady Liberty herself as backdrop, be sure to stop by the featured Jersey City Night Market too for delicious food, drink, handcrafted goods, and live music! Find more information on all the evening’s events here.


Stream “A Capitol Fourth”   

This year, PBS will stream America’s Independence Day celebration, entitled A Capitol Fourth, to millions of viewers across the country and to troops watching across the globe. The annual evening of entertainment features performances by a slew of notable talent-- including Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Buffett, and the National Symphony Orchestra--and culminates in a fireworks display of epic proportions. Check local listings for show times.

Visit Ellis Island

A trip to nearby Ellis Island is the perfect way to celebrate the nation’s independence over the July 4th holiday weekend. Home to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island offers visitors an opportunity to connect with two of the country’s largest symbols of freedom and hope. Both Ellis Island and Lady Liberty are accessible by ferry, easily boarded at nearby Liberty State Park. Find more information about planning your visit here.


Host a Holiday Barbecue

Whether staking out a spot on one of our fantastic rooftops here at Newport or hosting elsewhere, nothing says Happy 4th like a classic holiday barbecue shared with friends and family. In addition to the traditional menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob, try throwing in a new dish like this Grilled Baby Potato Salad--the yummy twist on potato salad replaces the recipe’s call for mayo with a lighter vinegar and olive oil option. Find more dish ideas for the quintessential July 4th cookout here.


Hop Aboard a July 4th Cruise

Hoping to leave the party planning to someone else? Hop aboard an Independence Day Celebration Boat Party for a night of dancing under the fireworks along the East River. As New York City’s #1 July 4th cruise, attendees will enjoy a festive atmosphere aboard the Mega Yacht Infinity, with live music, an open bar, and delicious food all leading up to a front row seat at Macy’s epic annual fireworks show. Find more ticketing information here.


Be sure to show us how you’re celebrating July 4th weekend this year by tagging us at #YourNewport. From all of us at Newport, we wish you a very happy Independence Day!