2012 North Jersey Fireworks . Parades Archive
2012 North Jersey Fireworks . Parades Archive

2012 North Jersey Fireworks . Parades Archive

Today we’re updating our North Jersey Fireworks Guide for 2012. We’ll be adding more to the listings constantly from now until the 4th of July. This is one of our most popular features and we work all year getting ready for this big day.
We travel to fireworks displays all over the state and we’ve included some of our favorite photographs from our travels. We hope you enjoy them. If you have any that you’d like to share, let us know and we’ll post yours too. If you want to help us, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear your tips about fireworks and celebrations in your neck of the woods. If you have a question about a July 4th event, just ask it below. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll try and find out for you. Thanks for dropping by and have a Happy Fourth.

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Bergen County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Hasbrouck Heights NJ Fireworks & Parade::
Fireworks: Monday, July 2, & Children’s Parade, Wednesday, July 4:The Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club present the 28th annual fireworks display at Depken Field on Monday, July 2 at sundown. Depken Field is located @ Route 17 & Franklin Avenue. The Children’s Parade is scheduled for 9:30 on Wednesday morning, July 4 at Woodland Park. There will be prizes for the most patriotic and the most creative entries.
See more info on the Gazette newspaper site for this month.
Also see some photos and movies from previous years here.

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Ridgewood NJ Fireworks & Fourth of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2012: This is one of our favorite fireworks displays in the entire state. It is a great little show put on by a warm and open community! The Fire Department is one of the main reasons that this celebration is so successful here. They show up with a giant rig and display one of the largest American Flags that I’ve ever seen. It must measure at least 50 feet tall. Ridgewood New Jersey is celebrating the 102nd anniversary of their July 4th festival and the theme this year is Born in New Jersey. The day begins at 9:00 AM with a flag raising, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. At 10:00 there will be an Independence Day Parade featuring local rescue and emergency squads, antique cars, bands, The Orpheus Men’s Chorus of Ridgewood, the New York Scottish Pipes, the New Jersey Tea Party Coalition, Ridgewood Choral and the Heard’s Brigade of the New Jersey Militia. Later that day, at 6:30 the gates open at Veteran’s Field for performances by the Illumination Twirlers, The Manhattan Dolls and the Fallin’ Angels Skydivers. The festivities are introduced by mayor Killion. The grand finale is the fireworks show put on by Fireworks Extravaganza. The fireworks go off after the gates are closed at 9:00 PM. [Ridgewood-Bergen County-North Jersey]
Go to the Ridgewood July 4th Website for more information.

Essex County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Branch Brook Park Concert with the NJ Symphony Orchestra & Fireworks
Friday, June 29, 2012: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at Branch Book Park in Newark at 7:30 on Friday, June 28th, 2012. The concert and fireworks are sponsored by the Essex County Parks Department. The fireworks will go off at sundown.
The New Jersey Symphony will present a program of music featuring music from E.T., The Carousel Waltz, H. M. Sk. Pinafore and patriotic standards. There will also be a salute to the Armed Forces. A trio of vocalists from Opera New Jersey will join the symphony. The festivities will begin at 6:00 with a program for kids that will allow them to play child sized instruments and performances by students from the Newark area.
Find out more on BestofNJ.com
Brookdale Park Concert & Fireworks
Monday, July 2, 2012: Part of the Essex County Free Summer Concert Series, this free concert with fireworks will take place on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair. The concert featuring the Duprees and the Glen Miller Orchestra starts at 7:30 and the fireworks will be staged at sundown.
Find out more on BestofNJ.com

Hudson County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Macy’s Fourth of July NY & NJ Fireworks
July 4, 2012: The biggest fireworks show in America is back on the Jersey side again for 2012. That makes the New Jersey communities of Weehawken and Hoboken very happy indeed. They will both be great spots to view Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular. The staging area for the fireworks is directly across from Weehawken and in front of the Intrepid. The entire show is staged on barges that will be anchored from 24th Street to 50th Street in Manhattan.
To get more information, see our Fireworks Press Release from Macy’s Here.

Morris County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Dover NJ Fireworks & Concert:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012: Dover celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks display and a concert sponsored the town of Dover. The festivities will take place on Tuesday at Hamilton Field on Highway 46 East at the Dover Elementary School campus. The concert will begin at 6:00 PM. Refreshments will be supplied by local non-profit and sports groups. Tickets are $3.00 each [$1.00 each for senior citizens] at the gate. All proceeds will go towards paying for the fireworks next year. The display is staged by D&M Fireworks. The rain date for the fireworks is Friday, July 6, 2012.
For more information on Dover’s Fireworks see the Town of Dover Website
Florham Park NJ Fireworks & 4th of July Celebrations
Wednesday, July 4, 2012: Florham Park has been throwing a party for the 4th of July for over 50 years and it seems that everything is lined up for a repeat celebration this year. Here’s their extensive schedule of events for the day as it was listed last year:
9:00 AM Flag Raising Ceremony at Firehouse #1 on Brooklake Road
9:30 AM Parade begins (Rain or Shine) at Ridgedale Ave. and Brooklake Road Road
10:30–3:00 PM Family Picnic at the Borough Hall Lawn—Featuring Rides and Games Like:

  • 5-in-1 Patriotic Combo
  • Patriotic Thunder Obstacle Course
  • Velcro Wall
  • Rolling Thunder Water Slide
  • Medieval Joust
  • Tidal Dual Lane Water Slide
  • Giant Dual Lane Slide

11:45 AM Presentation of Parade Trophies by Mayor Eveland
12 PM–3:00 PM Social Garden (must be over 21 to enter, mug purchase (required to enter).

  • $6.00 mug purchase required to enter.
  • Music provided by a Mexican Mariachi Band and DJ Scott

9:00 PM Fireworks begin. Refreshments Available.

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Soda/ Water
  • Beer (certain restrictions apply)

Pizza, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream & Italian Ice are available as cash sales.
For more information on Florham Park’s Fourth see their website. It is one of the best 4th of July websites in the whole state. It is full of information and it includes a great collection of photos. Florham Park is east of Morristown near exit 37 on I 287.
See this great NJ community event website here.
Mountain Lakes NJ Fireworks:
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 The fireworks in Mountain Lake New Jersey are staged over Mountain Lake. This year they will be shot from a barge in the middle of the lake so that there will be more room for people to watch the fireworks. The fireworks are free but the town is asking for donations to help pay for them.
Get more information on Mountain Lakes New Jersey here.
Parsippany NJ Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Parsippany Mayor James R. Barberio invites you to attend the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills 4th of July Fireworks on Wednesday, July the 4th, 2012. The music for the festivities starts at 7:00. The fireworks go off at dark. The rain date is Thursday, July 5th, 2012. [Parsippany-Morris County-North Jersey]
Get more information on Parsippany New Jersey and the Independence Day Celebration here.
Randolph New Jersey Freedom Festival:
2012 Freedom Festival: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 28 – 30, 2012 Randolph holds one of New Jersey’s biggest celebrations of the 4th. The festivities go on for three whole days. This year they begin on Thursday and continues through Saturday with the grand finale being the fireworks on Saturday night. [Randolph-Morris County-North Jersey]

  • Day 1: Freedom Fair is a carnival that features rides, games, crafts and food. Visitors can ride all the rides as many times as they want for $20.00. The fair is open from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.
  • Day 2: Freedom Fair is a carnival that features rides, games, crafts and food. The carnival and fair is open from 2:00 to 11:00 PM.
  • Day 3: Parade Day: The parade kicks off at noon at Dover Chester Avenue in front of Mt. Fern Church. It features bands, pipe and drum corps, bands, antique cars, horses and floats.

Freedom Fair is a carnival that features rides, games, crafts and food. The carnival and fair is open from 2:00 to 11:00 PM. This is the last day of the fair.
The Freedom Festival Fireworks Display begins at 9:45 and the promoters call it the best show in Morris County [and it does have quite a few competitors for that title] The event features paid parking which helps defer the cost of the fireworks. Parking is plentiful and inexpensive. There will be a DJ from 6:00 to 11:00. The rain date for the Randolph fireworks display is Sunday, July 1, 2012. [Randolph-Morris County-North Jersey]
Find out more about the celebration in Randolph and about the community.
Washington Township, NJ Fireworks Festival —- (not a July 4th event):
Saturday, August 25, 2012: Washington Township does not stage their fireworks on the 4th. In years past the extravaganza was scheduled just before the holiday. Recently the township moved the event to late August. The Washington Township Community Events Organization or the WTCEO will present the Kevin M. Walsh Fireworks Festival and Long Valley Parade on Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at the Long Valley Middle School. The parade starts at 4:00PM and the fireworks festival goes from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The festival features live music, clowns, food and beer.
Music will be provided by the School of Rock performing at 5:00 and Scott Monetti and the Waffle Band at 7:30. Children can enjoy bounce houses, Fantastic Faces, Sprinkles the Clown and Gonzo. Food will be provided by local restaurants like Valley Restaurant and Long Valley Pizza Deli and Bagels. The Washington Township Fire Department will also be on hand to serve food and beer in the beer garden. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. This is one of the Don’t Miss Events of the year in Long Valley. [Washington Township-Morris County-North Jersey]
WTCEO Fireworks Festival
Time: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Long Valley Middle School
Get more information on the event here.

Passaic County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Paterson NJ Fireworks Display:
Saturday, June 30, 2012 (Info Updated on June 29, 2012) Paterson will be hosting a viewing party with bands and entertainment on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 from 3:00 to 10:00 pm. A poster from Center City Mall notes that the celebration will feature cartoon characters for the kids, balloon artists, cotton candy, face painting, stilt walkers and more. The address is noted as 301 Main Street. [Paterson-Passaic County-North Jersey]
Get more info from the Downtown Paterson website here.

Sussex County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Vernon NJ Fireworks:
Saturday, July 7, 2012 The Vernon Township Fire Department & the Highland Lakes Fire Department are sponsoring their annual fundraising fireworks display on July 7, 2012. The gates open at 5:30 PM. The fireworks will be staged on the fields between Lounsberry Hollow Middle School and Rolling Hills Primary School. This is a great event for the whole family that supports the local fire departments. The cost of admission if $15.00 per immediate family or a carload of 4 people. There is free parking available for the show. The rain date is yet to be determined.
Get more information on the Vernon Fireworks here.
Crystal Springs Resort 4th of July Celebrations:
Saturday, June 30, 2012 Concert, Picnic and Fireworks Crystal Springs has a full weekend of festivities planned for their resort guests and homeowners. It all starts with a New Orleans inspired 4th of July Festival that features live music by Ted Hefko’s New Orleans Jazz Band, a picnic menu with pulled pork, fried chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, sangria and lemonade, horse and carriage rides, pie and hot dog eating contests, and a fireworks display at 8:30. Admission is $55.00.
Sunday, July 1, 2012: BBQ the resort will have a Chef’s Garden Barbeque with barbeque, brick oven pizza, micro brewed beers and sangria. There will be 2 seatings and live entertainment by the John Moultrie Duo. Admission is $45.00.
Find out more at Crystal Springs Resort

Warren County NJ Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations:

Blairstown Fourth of July Celebration: Monday:
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Blairstown celebrates the 4th of July with an old fashioned Spirit of Americana Celebration at Footbridge Park. The festival will feature a craft and vendor show with exhibits by local craftsmen and craftswomen, vendors, local businesses, and non-profit organizations. There will be lots of activities for the whole family including: sack races, a watermelon seed spitting contest, brass band performances, a frog jumping contest, and old fashioned pie eating contests. Highlights for the day include the Warren County Bake Off, the Patriotic Dog Competition and the Miss Liberty Belle Pageant for girls between the ages of 14 to 18.
Get more information at the Blairstown 4th Website.