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HobokenGirl Weekend Events Guide: July 4th Edition

by Jennifer Tripucka
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On this special early edition of the weekend events guide, we bring you a list of 4th of July festivities in the area so you can go ahead and plan ahead for your celebrations! Unfortunately the Macy’s NYC fireworks are on the East River this year, so we’re unable to see the fireworks from the pier like years past. However, there’s still lots to do for the fourth (and the rest of the weekend)! Happy planning and staycationing!

Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival at Liberty State Park — Friday, July 4th at 12pm to 10pm

Just a few lightrail stops away!

Just a few lightrail stops away!

Come watch fireworks while enjoying games, rides, food trucks, and more! All proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen soldiers.

Front Row View of Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Port Imperial, Weehawken — Friday, July 4 at 6:30PM

World’s best!!

Fireworks Cruise offers a front row view of the world-famous Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the East River! They offer:

  • Disc jockey and a fully stocked cash bar offering beverages and snacks at $135
    for adults, $125 for seniors 62 and older, $99 for children 4 to 12 years
    old and free for toddlers/infants three and under.
  • All seating on top deck and guarantee a great view for the 40,000 firework
    display as it lights up the sky.
  • $6 parking after 4 p.m.

Fireworks start at 9PM and the cruise is expected to return to Port Imperial at 10:30PM. For reservations call 1-800-53-FERRY

Frozen 4th of July Mexican-American Margaritas at Orale Mexican Kitchen — Friday, July 4

marg and mani

Need we say more?

341 Grove Street, Jersey City

Fourth of July at Surf City — Friday, July 4

With a gorgeous view!

Doors to Surf City in Jersey City open at noon on Friday, July 4 with no cover charge and a $20 special for all-day parking. The restaurant’s megabar offers both indoor and outdoor seating, frozen drinks, seafood specialties, and American-style food. Very chill and relaxing event on the water {and even a little sand to boot}!

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Statue Cruises — Friday, July 4

Great view from the observation deck!

Celebrate the 4th of July with Statue Cruises! As the sun sets behind Lady Liberty, enjoy a casual buffet (includes soft drinks) followed by dessert and New York’s legendary fireworks display accompanied by a live DJ.

A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Departing from Battery Park, Gangway 3, guests will sail past landmarks of the New York City downtown skyline on perhaps one of the most historic days of the United States. Check-in time is 4:45PM. Book tickets here.

New Jersey State Fair — Friday, July 4-Sunday, July 6

Rides, music, and entertainment all weekend long!

State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York metro area, with over 150 rides and attractions on over 35 acres of fairgrounds. The fair will feature more than 50 food vendors, including favorite “fair fare” such as delicious Jersey pizza, Greek gyros, burritos, corn dogs, curly fries, corn on the cob, turkey legs, funnel cakes, candied apples, deep-fried Oreos, ice cream and more. Fairgoers seeking something really special can try chilled lobster rolls, tender flavorful filet mignon and mouth-watering pasta dishes.
This year’s fair will feature 72 thrilling rides, 16 of which are new this year. Fairgoers also won’t want to miss taking a ride in the Batcopter, the original helicopter from the 1960s TV series, as well as the Skyride, an all-time family favorite.

The open air circus will include high-wire acts, a swaypole, a trapeze artist and the famous Brian Miser, who shoots himself across the sky from a crossbow. On July 4th, Brian will treat audiences to his special “human fuse” show, where he lights himself on fire prior to sailing across the sky to a soft landing (and a fire hose).

Hours: July 4 — 2PM-1AM, July 5 — 2PM-1AM, July 6–2PM-12AM

Red, White, and Brew Hoboken Pub Crawl — Friday, July 4-Saturday, July 5

Want to stay in town for the holiday? This is the event for you!

Hoboken may not have fireworks this year, but the bar scene can fortunately still provide Independence Day festivities! Prepare to walk through Hoboken during July 4th weekend with a party pass that will gain you free entrance into all of the participating bars along with drink specials to help with celebrating! Buy tickets here.


Big Jeff & Hanna DeSmedt at D’s Soul Full Cafe — Sunday, July 6 at 12PM-3PM

Hanna DeSmedt

As D’s Soul Full Cafe’s July music residency, Big Jeff and Hanna DeSmedt will hit the stage every Sunday in July. A father/daughter musical duo, Big Jeff” DeSmedt is well-known around Hoboken as a children’s singer. He’s also played the local bar scene both solo and with The Wailing Denims and Nipsey. Now Jeff is backing an exciting new talent: his 16-year-old daughter Hanna. She grew up singing with her dad and has now developed her own style.


— Plus, there’s always Pier 13 AND this awesome groupon deal.

Well, between a ton of events going on around the area + tropical storm Arthur coming, who needs the shore anyway?


Upcoming Week Events:

Monday, July 7 at 7PM – Fitness in the Park at Pier A Park (bring a mat and comfortable shoes!)

Tuesday, July 8 at 7PM – Yoga in the Park at Pier A Park (bring a yoga mat and water!)

Tuesday, July 8 at 8PM – Trivia Night at Four L’s

Tuesday, July 8 at 8PM – Trivia Night at Mills Tavern

Wednesday, July 9 – Trivia Night at Wicked Wolf

Wednesday, July 9 – “Wednesdays Afterwork into the Night!” at Teak on the Hudson

Wednesday, July 9 from 7-8PM – Wednesdays Bright Lights N’ Bling Zumba Party every week at the Jubilee Center, details here.

Wednesday, July 9 at at 9 PM – Movies Under the Stars at Pier A Park

Thursday, July 10 – Treehouse–Work it Out’s 1st Yoga Pop-Up Grand Opening. More info here.

Thursday, July 10 at 7PM – Yoga in the Park at Pier A Park

Thursday, July 10 at 8PM – “Core Values” playing at The Edge Lofts (14th and Clinton) every Thursday-Sunday until July 27th

Thursday, July 10 at 10PM – College Night at Wicked Wolf ($3 cans, $8 pitchers, $4 fireball shots)

Happy birthday America!

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