Celebrate America and the summer season with a big bang this year. That’s right, fireworks celebrations are back for July 4th, and that alone is cause for a booming celebration. Bring a blanket, some snacks and pack up the family to check out the colorful fireworks displays at towns around Bergen County – they’re guaranteed to light up your night.
What: Spend the night along the scenic Hudson for an awesome fireworks display.
Where: Veterans Field, 1167 River Road, Edgewater
When: Thursday July 1, 9:20 pm (rain date Friday July 2)
Chow at: You can’t go wrong enjoying a meal with a view at Haven in Edgewater, where you can toast to America (and maybe freedom from virtual learning) with one of their seasonal cocktails.
What: Come early to enjoy pre-fireworks, summertime carnival fun, plus live shows for the kids like Jurassic and High Wire Pirates.
Where: State Fair Meadowlands, 1 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
When: Saturday July 3-Sunday July 4, fireworks start after 10 pm
Chow at: Choose from over 50 food vendors on site to satisfy all of your sweet and savory cravings.
What: Round up your friends and family for the fireworks show, and don’t miss live music by “The Shots.”
Where: Memorial Park, Berdan Avenue and 1st Street
When: Thursday July 1, concert at 7 pm, fireworks at 9 pm
Chow at: Food and drinks will be on sale, or dip into Fair Lawn's new gastro pub The Craftsman for burgers and Irish-inspired eats, plus craft cocktails.
What: It’s a party in Lyndhurst, NJ with their Gala Fireworks Display and more festive fun.
Where: Behind the Little League fields on Riverside Ave., Lyndhurst
When: Friday July 2, 6 pm start, fireworks at dusk (after 8:30 pm)
Chow at: Take a bite out of delish Mexican food offerings at the popular Mariachi Grill in Lyndhurst.
What: Tons of festivit-eats, plus hatchet throwing, music, bouncing, face painting and of course, the end of the night fireworks.
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus. Fireworks at Cliff Gennarelli-Paramus Sports-Plex
When: Sunday July 4, 2-8:30 pm
Chow at: Bring an empty stomach for over 20 trucks to chow from, including Rolling Pita, Hold My Knots and Doughnut Evolution.
What: BYO blanket for a night of fireworks under the stars.
Where: Washington Township High School
When: Sunday July 4, 6:30 pm
Chow at: The Dog House Saloon & Grill in the Township of Washington serves up casual food and booze in a friendly environment to help get the celebrations started.
What: Start the night out with live music, and stay for the fireworks to round out the evening.
Where: Finch Park, 315 Island Rd., Ramsey
When: Friday July 2, 6:30-10 pm
Chow at: Food is available on site, or head to uber-popular spot Kinchley's Tavern in Ramsey for their infamous thin crust pies.
What: Celebrate at one of America’s longest-running parades, and end the day with a concert and fireworks.
Where: Parade at Euclid Ave. and Mt. Vernon Street, Fireworks at Veterans Park, Overlook Ave. & Morningside Ln., Ridgefield Park
When: Parades starting at 7:30 am, Concert at 7:30 pm, Fireworks at 9:30 pm
Chow at: MK Valencia Restaurant & Lounge in Ridgefield Park has a beautiful outdoor patio area to fancify your festivities.
What: The fun starts with food trucks, kids activities (think: magic shows and inflatables), live music and so much more. Plus bring a swimsuit for the fire department wet down before the fireworks get started.
Where: Century Field, 75 Elizabeth St., Garfield
When: Activities begin at 6 pm, fireworks after dusk
Chow at: With food trucks such as Magic Mike’s Smoked Meats and Sip N’ Swirl Ice Cream, you can eat and enjoy, or head to Pizza Mania in Garfield for gourmet slices and homemade Gelato.
What: While there aren’t any fireworks this year, this one is worth a mention for the family fun. Check out the parade followed by magic shows, jugglers, balloonists and plenty more for the kids.
Where: Colonial Court lot & south end of Votee Park, Teaneck
When: Sunday July 4, parade at 9:30, activities from 10 am-2 pm
Chow at: Grab some post-celebratory grub at Vitales restaurant in Teaneck, which has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
What: Enjoy train rides, a petting zoo and live music follow the parade.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Continental Ave., River Edge
When: Sunday July 4, 12-5 pm
Chow at: Popular Italian eatery Sanducci’s is sure to satisfy everyone’s palate, plus their outdoor patio area is spacious with a touch of elegance.
What: One of the best fireworks in Rockland, check ‘em out from the park, Marina municipal lot or shared use path on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Where: Nyack Memorial Park, 4 Depew Ave., Nyack
When: Sunday July 4, 9:30 pm
Chow at: The options are endless at this mecca for foodies, but for a cozy meal and fun vibe, try Middle Eastern restaurant Art Cafe, with plenty of tasty options for kids and adults.
What: This all-in-one celebration brings food, shopping, music and fireworks. Spend an hour or the afternoon celebrating, and stop by the beer garden to kick back and relax.
Where: Exchange Place PATH Station, 68 Christopher Columbus Dr., Jersey City
When: Sunday July 4, 12-10 pm
Chow at: One of the many food vendor on site, such as Miss Holly’s BBQ, Empanada Papa and Mezcal Kitchen.