Jersey City will celebrate July 4th with NJ’s largest fireworks display and a concert headlined by Pitbull
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Jersey City is getting ready to celebrate its sixth annual Fourth of July Festival, an epic full day celebration from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Exchange Place Plaza. The free event, called 50STAR FIRESHOW, will feature a carnival, beer festival, and a concert headlined by Jersey City’s own Akon and rapper Pitbull, before culminating with the largest fireworks display in the state.
Jersey City brought back its own fireworks event in 2014 after NYC moved its display to the East River, and each year the party keeps getting better with over 150,000 people in attendance last year. “We set the bar high last year bringing in Snoop Dogg as our headline performance, and we expect to impress, yet again, with this year’s entertainment lineup,” said Mayor Fulop. As we show off all that Jersey City has to offer this Independence Day, I am confident this will continue to be one of the best celebrations in the nation.”
In addition to the concert, there will be designated zones for activities, including a carnival along Hudson Street with family-friendly rides like a super slide, merry-go-round, and spinning teacups, and the “Love Beer Festival” on Columbus. You definitely won’t go hungry with nearly 40 food trucks to choose from, offering everything from barbeque, to pizza, lobsters, and ice cream.
Like last year, the celebration will close with a grand finale fireworks display on the Hudson River by Grucci, a sixth-generation, family-owned fireworks company who has performed at eight U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, Olympic Games, World’s Fairs and earned the Guinness World Record for “largest fireworks display” ever recorded.
If you’re planning to attend, we recommend taking public transportation to Exchange Place as parking will be extremely limited and largely reserved for area residents.