Cover photo courtesy of Robert Gallucci

Do you like to go all out on the 4th of July, enjoying every barbecue, festival, parade, and firework display you can find? Or do you like to keep things low-key and just find somewhere quiet to enjoy a nearby firework show from? Either way, we’ve got you covered! 

Whether you want to check out Summit’s 4th of July celebration and food truck festival or just get tips from locals on where to watch fireworks from (we hear the Wegman’s parking lot is a top choice!), our list of 4th of July Celebrations in Central New Jersey for 2016 is at the ready!


BRIDGEWATER, NJ 

Independence Day Family Festival

  • Date: July 4
  • Location: North Branch Park

This dynamic festival is packed with events and things to do! A Revolutionary War encampment shows what life was like during the 1770s, you can purchase food, and the firework display starts at 9:30pm. 


FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ

Franklin Township's Independence Day Celebration

  • Date: July 4
  • Location: Municipal Building (475 DeMott Lane Somerset, New Jersey 08873)

This free event is great for the whole family! Live 80s music, a kid zone, food vendors, and a firework show at 9:15pm will all be offered. 


LIVINGSTON, NJ

Livingston 4th of July Celebration 80th Anniversary

  • Date: July 4
  • Location: Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive in Livingston, NJ

The Livingston 4th of July Celebration’s website says “Come early & stay late…” and with a long list of amazing events and activities, we can certainly see why! There’s an auto show, music, kids rides, a baseball game, free pony rides, ice cream-eating contests, and MUCH more. Plus, the Livingston’s Famous Fireworks Spectacular starts at 9:15pm! See the complete schedule HERE


MAPLEWOOD, NJ

Maplewood 4th of July

  • Date: July 4
  • Location: Memorial Park

This Independence Day spectacle is a must-see for those in the area! The Zerbini Family circus, live music, face painting, boardwalk games, a classic car show, karaoke, eating contests, and more more will all be in the mix. And of course, fireworks start at 9:15. Buy tickets here


SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ 

Scotch Plains' Independence Day Celebration

  • Date: July 2
  • Location: Scotch Hills Golf Course on Jerusalem Road

Get ready for some amazing fireworks! The fireworks display will begin at dusk (and in case of rain, will be rescheduled to July 3). 


SUMMIT, NJ 

Summit's 69th Annual Fourth of July Celebration / Summit 4th of July Food Truck Festival 

  • Date: July 4
  • Location: Soldiers Memorial Field (5 Myrtle Avenue Summit, NJ 07901)

Packed with events and action all day long, Summit’s 4th of July celebration includes a Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade, an amazing Food Truck Festival, entertainment, carnival rides, and of course, the Grand Fireworks Display which starts at 9:15pm. You can see a schedule of events HERE


We also received some excellent recommendations from locals themselves about where to watch fireworks from in New Jersey: 


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