We rounded up the best things to do in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
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Events Not To Miss:
What: Leonia Sports Boosters Carnival
Why: Rides, games, food, 4th of July fireworks, and more!
When: Now thru Sunday, July 5, 6-10pm
Where: 199 Challenger Rd., Ridgefield Park
What: State Fair Meadowlands
Why: 17 days of family fun at the largest fair in the New York area.
When: Now thru Sunday, July 5, check schedule for ticket prices and fair times.
Where: 1 Metlife Stadium Dr., East Rutherford
What: Ramsey Independence Day Celebration at Finch Park
Why: An outdoor concert by U2 Nation and fireworks to get your weekend going…
When: Friday, July 3, 6:30pm, FREE
Where: Finch Park, Ramsey
What: Jr Chef: Berry Pies and Crisps
Why: Because who doesn’t love a little pastry chef in the making?
When: Saturday, July 4, 10am, Ages 5-13, FREE
Where: William Sonoma locations
What: Ridgewood July 4th Parade and Fireworks
Why: One of the most popular fireworks shows around. Get there early to snag a spot!
When: Saturday, July 4, Parade at 10am, Gates open at 6pm for Fireworks. Tickets/$10 (select stores), $11 (online), $15 (gate), $10 (child at gate), 5 and under are free.
Where: Parade is at North Monroe & Godwin Ave. Fireworks are at Veterans Field.
What: Hackensack July 4th Celebration
Why: Games, rides, flea market, food vendors, fireworks, and more!
When: Saturday, July 4, All day, FREE
Where: Foschini Park, Hackensack
What: Guided Nature Walk at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Take a satisfying hike in the forest…
When: Sunday, July 5, 3-4pm, $5
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
What: Paramus Fireworks Show
Why: We hear this free fireworks show, with added entertainment, is one of the best around.
When: Sunday, July 5, Gates open at 6:30pm, FREE
Where: Garden State Plaza West Lot, Paramus
What: Bow Tie Cinemas Summer Kids Series
Why: Watch “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” for FREE with the kiddos! Get there early to snag a spot.
When: Tuesday, July 7 & Wednesday, July 8, 10am, FREE
Where: Bow Tie theaters (Closter, Washington Twp. & Hoboken)
What: Ariel the Little Mermaid, Bubble Guppies & Paw Patrol at The Big Playhouse
Why: Meet & greets with your kiddos favorite characters.
When: Tuesday, July 7, Wednesday July 8, & Thursday, July 9 at 9:30am, $35
Where: 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
What: Church of the Assumption Carnival
Why: Fresh popped popcorn, funnel cakes, rides, and more.
When: Wednesday, July 8 thru Sunday, July 12 (Wed- Thurs 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 6-11pm & Sun 4-9pm)
Where: 32 Locust Ave., Emerson
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: Palisades Fair at Palisades Center Mall
Why: Games, rides, petting zoo, and more!
When: Friday, July 3 thru Sunday, July 5, Friday(5-10pm), Saturday & Sunday (1-10pm), Ages 3+/$6, Online discount tickets available
Where: West Nyack, NY
What: Nutley Fireworks
Why: A carnival and fireworks? Perfect.
When: Saturday, July 4, 5-10pm, FREE
Where: Franklin Ave., Nutley
What: Oceanfest at Long Branch
Why: The best parts of everyone’s fav summer memories- and spectacular fireworks.
When: Saturday, July 4, 11am, Fireworks at dusk
Where: 1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch
What: Munchkin Monday Summer Concert Series: Polka Dot
Why: A FREE concert for your little munchkins!
When: Monday, July 6, 11am, FREE
Where: Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY
What: $1 Summer Movie Express at Regal Nanuet Stadium
Why: Check out either “Earth to Echo” or “Boxtrolls” for $1 with your little movie-goer.
When: Tuesday, July 7 & Wednesday, July 8, 10am, $1
Where: 6201 Fashion Dr., Nanuet, NY
What: Amphibians & Reptiles at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Learn all about our scaly friends in the Education Center Theater.
When: Thursday, July 9, 6pm, FREE
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Taylor Swift: 1989 World Tour
Why: Because we like her as much as our daughters do.
When: Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11, 7pm
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
What: Delaware River Railroad Excursions Day Out with Thomas
Why: Meet Thomas and other fun activities on this Celebration Tour!
When: Friday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 12 & Friday, July 17 thru July Sunday, July 19, $17-$36
Where: 100 Elizabeth St., Philipsburg
What: Jets Movie Night On The Field
Why: Enjoy the movie “Home” on the massive video boards, locker room tours, face painting, rides, popcorn and more!
When: Monday, July 13, Doors open at 6pm, Movie starts at 7:30pm, FREE but tickets required, Rain Date: Tuesday, July 14
Where: MetLife Stadium