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Wyclef Jean to Headline Jersey City 4th of July Celebration 2024

by Danielle Farina
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The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks have been hogging much of the Hudson County headlines lately, but Jersey City’s celebration is not to be slept on. An all-day affair at the Exchange Place Path Plaza, Jersey City’s 4th of July Festival + Fireworks includes food vendors, shopping, and a free concert headlined by NJ Hall of Famer (and early ’00s chart topper) Wyclef Jean. Wyclef will take the stage at 8PM, preceded by an opening performance from rapper Fat Joe at 7PM. Keep reading to learn more about Jersey City’s 4th of July celebration, headlined by Wyclef Jean. 

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The Details 

Jersey City’s 4th of July Festival + Fireworks is a day-long celebration. Jersey City Night Market is kicking things off at 12PM, with food vendors, some shopping, and family-friendly activities at the Exchange Place Path Plaza along the Hudson River waterfront. 

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Throughout the day, local Jersey City talent will take the stage with live music performances until 6PM, when DJ Funk Flex opens the headlining act. Fat Joe — rapper behind popular songs “What’s Luv?”, “Get it Poppin'”, etc. — will follow at 7PM. Wyclef Jean, Grammy award-winning rapper and NJ Hall of Fame inductee, is headlining the show at 8PM. Millennials, this is your moment — manifesting that “Sweetest Girl,” “Gone Till November,” and “Perfect Gentleman” will earn spots on the setlist. 

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PS: yes, you read that right. Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti but spent much of his childhood in Newark and East Orange. 

The concert is free to attend and in recent years, has drawn in crowds of up to 100,000 people, residents and visitors alike. Lawn chairs and coolers are prohibited, and all bags and backpacks are subject to search. 

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Following Wyclef Jean’s headlining performance, Jersey City’s fireworks — conducted by Guinness World Record holder Fireworks by Grucci  — will launch from two barges located in the middle of the Hudson River with a large viewing area along the waterfront. Spectators can watch the fireworks show along the Hudson River Walkway, from Grundy Pier to the Colgate Clock.

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You can find more details surrounding Jersey City’s 4th of July celebration here. As always, be sure to follow @thehobokengirl on Instagram + TikTok for the latest Hoboken + Jersey City news, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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