Independence Day is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start planning your celebrations!

If you're looking for ways to celebrate Independence Day in and around Newark, NJ, here are a few ideas:

There are often concerts taking place in the area on July 4th. The 2023 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series will feature three “concert and firework spectaculars” this year, including a show on June 30 at Branch Brook Park. Read More: Free Summer Concerts In Essex County

Here’s when and where this year’s fireworks will take place:

• Wednesday, June 28 – The Chiclettes at Essex County Weequahic Park (show starts at 7:30 p.m.)

• Friday, June 30 – The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark/Belleville (show starts at 7:30 p.m.)

• Monday, July 3 – The Infernos at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair (show starts at 7:30 p.m.)


Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of our many parks, such as Lincoln Park, Branch Brook Park, Mulberry Commons, or Harriet Tubman Square.


Newark is home to several museums, such as the Newark Museum of Art, GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, and the Jersey Explorer Children's Museum.


There's also a variety of shopping options, from big-box stores to small boutiques.


There are several festivals taking place around this time on July 7th + July 8th, including Newark First Fridays and Yogi Fest by Ty Daye & Lincoln Park Music Festival.

No matter what you choose to do, you're sure to have a great time celebrating Independence Day in Newark!

Here are some additional tips for planning your Independence Day celebration:
  • Book your accommodations early. Newark is a popular destination for Independence Day celebrations, so it's important to book your accommodations early.
  • Arrive early to events. Popular events, such as parades and fireworks displays, can get crowded, so it's important to arrive early to get a good spot.
  • Bring sunscreen and water. It can be hot and humid on Independence Day, so it's important to bring sunscreen and water to stay hydrated.
  • Be prepared for crowds. Popular events can get crowded, so be prepared for traffic and long lines.
  • Have fun! Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country's freedom, so make sure to have fun and enjoy the festivities!

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