4th of July in New Jersey: Small Town Celebrations
Sure, you can go big'n'splashy for the 4th, but why not try a celebration in a small NJ town? They may not have Macy's fireworks, but the charm, the history, the food and the Americana feel may more than make up for the loss of crowds, noise and, well, crowds. Check out some of these local celebrations in Southern NJ that come complete with parades, fun runs, antique car shows…. so much more than just fireworks! And come back tomorrow for our list of small town festivities in Northern NJ.
Lebanon 4th of July Parade, Lebanon NJ
July 4, 2012. The 65th Annual Lebanon Borough 4th of July Parade is one of the oldest 4th of July parades in New Jersey. The celebration also features a baby and bike parade, a patriotic house decorating contest, antique car show with cars from the 1920′s to the 1970′s, boy/girl scout troops, floats, live music, fire trucks and rescue vehicles. The competition in Lebanon has to be quite fierce for the honor of holding one of the town trophies. The theme for the parade in 2012 is Homegrown Heroes.
Mercer County Freedom Festival, West Windsor NJ
June 30, 2012. Freedom Festival is one of the earliest Independence Day celebrations in the state every year. This large festival is held in Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township. It is an all-day event featuring a wide range of activities for the entire family--- water rides and inflatables for the kids, tethered hot air balloon rides, local food vendors, live entertainment, local crafts, a beer and wine garden, a mechanical bull and of course fireworks at 9:30.
Wall Fair & Fireworks, Wall Township NJ
June 28th through July 1st, 2012. Wall Township celebrates the 4th of July with a community celebration that features a parade, carnival rides, live bands, crafts, a whiffle ball tournament, a skydiving show, “touch a truck”, a state softball tournament, a BBQ competition, a beer and wine garden, and plenty of food. All this fun culminates in a fireworks show at dusk on Sunday, July 1st.
Evesham Township Fireworks, Fun Run & Parade, Evesham Township NJ
July 4th, 2012. Evesham Township starts its 4th of July celebration early with a fun run and 5K race. Events during the day include a parade, a bike parade and a community celebration. The 1 Mile Fun Run and the 5K Marlton Mayor’s Cup takes place at 8:30 AM between Main Street and Cooper Avenue in Marlton. The Bike Parade is a great activity for the kids. It features bike riders up to grade 5 and parents pushing babies in strollers and wagons. All participants are encouraged to be creative and decorate their cycles as best as they can. The July 4th parade starts at 11:00 AM along Main Street from Maple Avenue to Bettlewood Road. It features live music, community groups and military grand marshals and refreshments. The community celebration begins at 7:45 and features paratroopers, a military tribute and refreshments. The fireworks cap off the day at 9:45.
Fireworks Festival @ Valenzano Winery, Shamong NJ
July 3, 2012. Valenzano Winery will host their first Fireworks Festival at their festival grounds on Old Indian Mills Road in Shamong. The event will feature live music with two bands, entertainment for the kids, low altitude fireworks, a craft show and Valenzano wines. Gates open at 5:00 pm. Admission is $5. The fireworks will be staged at sunset. Tickets can be purchased at the winery before the 3rd or at the gate the day of the festival. Special party tent rentals are available.
Ocean City Fireworks & July 4th Events, Ocean City NJ
July 4, 2012. Ocean City has a full day of celebrations including two bike parades on the north and south ends of town. Later in the day there’s a kite flying competition at Carey Stadium and live entertainment. Fireworks will bring the day to a spectacular close at 9:00 pm.
The Wildwoods Fireworks & 4th of July Events, Wildwood NJ
June 29 through July 4, 2012. The Wildwoods have a full schedule of events planned to celebrate the 4th of July. During the weekend there’s a beach field hockey tournament, craft show and concerts at Centennial Park and in North Wildwood. The Irish Pipe Brigade Parade and the talent showcase perform on Monday. On Tuesday, there’s a boardwalk parade, the Doo-Wop Tours and a talent show. On the 4th, there will be a Curly Fry festival, several concerts, the Independence Day Parade with patriotic pooches and decorated bikes, a beach and boardwalk run and a fireworks display at 10:00 PM on the beach near the amusement park at Pine Avenue.
Plumsted Township NJ Fireworks & Concert, Plumsted Twp., NJ
June 30, 2012. Plumstead Township and the New Egypt Elks Lodge will present their 12th annual Rockin’ Fireworks Concert at the New Egypt Athletic Fields beginning at 2:00.The fireworks show begins at dusk. This day will feature professional entertainment, as well as food, beverages, games and other attractions in an open country setting. There will be multiple bands playing all day, carnival rides, crafts and food vendors.
Tuckerton Seaport Blues Festival and Borough Fireworks & 4th of July Parade, Tuckerton NJ
June 30 and July 4, 2012. Tuckerton Seaport will host the 10th annual Red, Wine and Blues Festival on Saturday, June 30th from 3 to 8 pm. It’s billed as the perfect afternoon of wine tasting from New Jersey’s finest wineries plus live blues music. The festival also features crafters, vendors, food, boat rides, a traditional pie bake-off contest and much more. With your ticket purchase you get a complimentary souvenir Seaport wine glass. For the 4th of July, the Borough of Tuckerton will present their annual 4th of July Parade at 10:00 am starting at the Village Shops. There will be activities all day long at the Seaport and fireworks at Tip Seaman Park at dusk.