Jersey City takes back the Hudson with massive July 4th fireworks display and a Snoop Dogg concert

Posted On Tue, July 3, 2018 By

Posted On Tue, July 3, 2018 By In Events, holidays, New Jersey

Photo by Jennifer Brown for Jersey City

A bigger, louder and longer Fourth of July celebration is coming to Jersey City this year. Beginning at noon on Wednesday, a 10-hour free festival will hit the Hudson River waterfront, featuring several beer gardens, food trucks, a concert headlined by Snoop Dogg and the state’s largest fireworks display. The all-day event, called 50STAR FIRESHOW, is estimated to welcome more than 200,000 people to Exchange Place.

Jersey City brought back its own fireworks event in 2014 after NYC moved its display to the East River, and the size of celebration has grown each year. “I think the Jersey City side of Hudson River is going to be the place that people want to be for the 4th of July this year. Period. Between Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Grucci, and Snoop, we are raising the bar,” Mayor Steven Fulop said.

A dazzling show will be put on by Fireworks by Grucci, a sixth-generation, family-owned company who holds the Guinness World Record for “Largest Fireworks Display.” CEO Phil Grucci said: “We’re honored and delighted to once again work with the City of Jersey City to provide a fireworks extravaganza that will be a shared experience for a very wide audience.”

In addition to Snoop, and a performance of the National Anthem, the 50STAR lineup includes Bubble Queen Music, Radio Daze, The One & Nines, The Bomb Digz, Paris-New York Band, Michael Brun, and Bayli. For the best view of the stage, head anywhere between Washington and Hudson Street.

There will also be a carnival on the north side of the festival grounds, with family-friendly games and rides. Some rides include a super slide, merry-go-round, train ride and spinning teacups.

And you definitely won’t go hungry at the event. The festival will have a “food truck alley” on Hudson Street that will offer up 36 different vendors, from Coney Island Wood Fired Pizza and Nuchas empanadas to Kona Ice and Ben & Jerry’s. Plus, there’s a food tent village on Greene Street and Hudson Street that will have lots of foodie-favorites as well as a beer garden.

Find more information about the festival here.

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