Where to Watch 4th of July {2018} Fireworks in Hoboken + Jersey City

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Hudson County residents are lucky enough to be in prime spots to celebrate America’s birthday. With a number of different BBQs, parties, and of course, firework celebrations on the gorgeous NYC skyline, there are enough Fourth of July 2018 events in Hoboken and Jersey City to go around for all to celebrate. With so many events, however, you may be wondering where you can watch fireworks in Hoboken or Jersey City for the 2018 July 4th, as well as  what’s best for you and your friends or family — so we’ve done the work for you. Rounding up the best spots to watch fireworks in Hoboken, Jersey City, and a bit of New York City, here’s where to watch fireworks and celebrate Independence Day in Hudson County this Fourth of July {2018}:

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Where to Watch Fireworks on the 4th:

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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

At approximately 9:25PM, the largest 4th of July fireworks show in the nation will begin on the East River with over 75,000 shells and effects that will be launched from seven barges. During the show, live music from the West Point Band and Glee Club + Kelly Clarkson will be playing. You can most likely get a view from South Hoboken + Jersey City, but it’s probably best to view from the city side.

To watch: 

If you go atop Stevens campus in Hoboken, there’s a chance for a view of this spectacle, as well as downtown. Waterfront in Jersey City {especially Southern JC} will have your best bets.

Freedom + Fireworks Festival {Exchange Place, Jersey City}

The 5th Annual Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival is back at Exchange Place this year and Lutze is throwing the party. With insane views of the city, this is the spot to be if you really want to experience 4th of July fireworks. The full day of live music {headlined by Snoop Dogg — more info on that here}, amusement rides, and good eats starts at 12:00PM and ends at 10:00PM. HG Insider Tip: Get there EARLY if you want a comfortable spot and to beat the train crowds if taking the PATH. 

To watch:

Stevens campus *may* allot for some ability to see the fireworks, but we make no promises. Pier A also may allow for viewing, but your best bet is to go to Jersey City for this show and see it up close and personal.To make things even more clear, here is a map put together by the Jersey City Community Emergency Response Team {CERT}. This will help direct your way through Jersey City for the 2018 4th of July Festival and Fireworks show this holiday!


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The Meadowlands Fair {East Rutherford}

The Meadowlands Fair will host a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and will be open until 1:00AM. Purchase tickets to the fair and get more info here.

Fourth of July Parties + Events:

July 4th at Rooftop at Exchange Place {1 Exchange Place, Jersey City}

Enjoy an unbeatable view {and completely unobstructed} view of the Jersey City fireworks at the Rooftop at Exchange Place where there will be an open bar, live DJ, and more. Purchase tickets here.

NY Waterway 4th of July Cruise {Departs from Port Imperial, Weehawken}

Experience the Macy’s fireworks like you never have before — from the Hudson River on an NY Waterway ferry. Get a perfect view of the fireworks and enjoy a live DJ with synchronized music presentations. A cash bar will also be available for soft drinks, snacks, and cocktails. The ferry departs from Port Imperial in Weehawken and your ticket is roundtrip {you will return to Weehawken after}. Reservations are strongly recommended and you can purchase your tickets here.

The Crown Rooftop 4th of July Fireworks Party {50 Bowery Street, NYC}

If you’re heading into NYC for the holiday, The Crown Rooftop at Hotel 50 Bowery is hosting a fireworks party on their rooftop. The party begins at 4:00PM and ends at 12:00AM and once the Macy’s fireworks begin, you will have a great view. Your ticket scores you 1-hour vodka open bar + 1 complimentary cocktail. Purchase tickets here.

July 4th Party at the Pier {1130 Maxwell Place, Hoboken}

At this event, everyone in Hoboken has the freedom to join in on the party at the Maxwell Place Pier. Family, friends, {+ even pets} are all welcome to celebrate. The drinks and games will be provided and in exchange bring your own snacks to share.

CUPCG Fourth of July BBQ {612 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City}

Community Uplifting Project – Community Garden is hosting their first {free} community BBQ and is inviting all to attend. It will be a great gathering place for families with free food, games, + plenty of fun. The party begins at 12:00PM and will end at 5:00PM.

July 4th BBQ Beach Party At La Marina {348 Dyckman Street, NYC}

A beach party on Independence Day — sign us up. The premier waterfront destination in NYC, La Marina, is going to be transformed for your holiday needs and open from 3:00PM-11:00PM. Showcasing a variety of music and the bar serving some exotic cocktails, it’s a party you don’t want to miss. Purchase tickets here.

4th of July 10th + Willow and Turtle Club Party {10th Street between Park Avenue + Willow Avenue, Hoboken}

Aloha! A 4th of July luau block party will be going on from 10:00AM-10:00PM. Don’t miss out on the outdoor beer garden accompanied by music and food – oh and a pig roast.

Team HG wishes all of our readers a happy + safe 4th of July — enjoy!

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Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.