4th of July 2013 Fireworks in New Jersey: Where to see the Macy's Fireworks and Other Great Fireworks Displays in NJ
Once again the Macy's fireworks are on the Hudson River, which means that New Jersey has a prime view of the festivities! But Northern NJ is not the only place where you can catch some great fireworks; there are other happy, sparkly spots littered throughout our fair state. Due to budget cuts causing some towns to have to wait until the last minute for scheduling, fallout from Sandy and other concerns, this article will be updated frequently leading up to the Fourth, so check back for possible changes. And if you're looking to float on the Hudson underneath the glory, check out our Mommy Poppins NYC article about Fireworks Cruises!
Macy's annual spectacular is upgraded this year by the addition of Grammy Award-winning Usher, who promises to make it "a party in the sky". As always, the fireworks look much better from the Jersey side with Manhattan in the background, so get ye to (or stay ye in) NJ! Just remember that streets will be closed off early so make sure to get there well before 6pm for a good spot even though the fireworks don't start until 9:20pm. Taking public transportation is highly recommended. Hoboken and Weehawken are strictly enforcing rules, so expect to pass through security checkpoints. The best places to see the fireworks include Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City Heights and Englewood. Here are our favorite family-friendly picks:
The best views should come from JFK Boulevard East on top of the cliffs. Kennedy Boulevard East is closed for traffic beginning early afternoon, and open to pedestrians from then on. Lincoln Harbor Park will be open only for residents with proof of residency required.
Maxwell Park, located on the waterfront at 11th Street to 14th street, is one of the points furthest north in Hoboken and one of the better spots to catch the fireworks. Maxwell Park has a small sandy beach on the waterfront, playground and swings, and picnic tables with an awesome view of midtown Manhattan. There are checkpoints to get through the waterfront so be prepared.
Sinatra Drive from 1st Street to 15th Street is a waterfront road with public walkways. Please be advised that this stretch will be closed to vehicular traffic, but open to pedestrian traffic. North Hoboken, especially around 10th and 15th Street has unobstructed views of the fireworks on the Hudson. River Street from Hudson to 1st Street is recommended as a viewpoint. Pier C Park is recently partially re-opened, so we're waiting to hear if it will be a viable spot for viewing.
Jersey City Heights
One of the most spectacular birds-eye views last year of the fireworks was from Jersey City Heights. Take the elevator off the 9th Street Light Rail Station in Hoboken (the light rail leaves from the PATH Station). Riverview Park on Ogden Avenue just 3 blocks south of the elevator has a great playground for hanging out until the fireworks begin. You will probably get a decent, though partially obstructed, view of the fireworks from Exchange Place, which has a fantastic pier and walkway, and amazing views of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
One of our favorite spots to watch the fireworks, just north of the George Washington Bridge, is still under construction from the Sandy aftermath. The park on the waterfront has grills, picnic tables, a playground and spectacular view of Manhattan. You need a car to get there, and there is a nominal fee per car to enter the park. Arrive early because if it is too full they will turn people away!
Where NOT to go: Liberty State Park. There are no fireworks at Liberty State Park again this year due to financial woes and the Macy's fireworks are not likely to be visible from that far south.
Other Jersey 4th of July Fireworks…….
The Atlantic City Fireworks at The Borgata Hotel is a big highlight of the holiday. The show begins at approximately 9 pm on the 4th and is visible for a one mile stretch of the Boardwalk and beach from the new Revel Resort on Metropolitan Avenue to The Atlantic Club on Boston Avenue. The show is being created by one of the top names in fireworks entertainment, “Fireworks by Grucci”. It will be choreographed to music broadcast concurrently by 95.1 WAYV FM radio. So bring your radio, a beach chair or blanket, and arrive early for the best viewing spots!
Catch one of the biggest Fourth of July festivals on the Jersey shore at Long Branch's 23rd Annual Oceanfest. The festival runs from 10 in the morning to 10 at night, rain or shine, along the half mile stretch of oceanfront Promenade between Seven Presidents Park and the Ocean Place Resort Spa. Enjoy cultural activities, live music, clowns and jugglers, and variety shows in addition to great picnic food. The Oceanfest finale is a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean at 9:00 pm, simulcast on 95.9 WRAT.