Festivities and Fireworks for July 4th

fireworks2010.jpgThere are several Independence Day festivities planned in and around town, including Montclair’s own July 4th parade, which will take place on July 5th. Here’s what’s in store in terms of entertainment and fireworks:
Essex County: Two Fireworks Dispays and Concerts
County Exec Joe DiVincenzo invites you to pack a blanket and dance the night away at Essex’s free concert series. The NJ Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks Display is the first event, as follows:

When: Thursday, July 1, 7:30pm
Where: Branch Brook Park, The Great Lawn in Newark, NJ
The second event features The Infernos and a Fireworks spectacular, as follows:
When: Friday, July 2, 7:30pm
Where: Brookdale Park
NJ State Fair
Performers, rides and games, exhibits, shopping, the annual Tomato Fight, Bubble Wrap Popping, circus and magic shows and lots more.
Where: Meadowlands, 50 Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ.
When: Sunday, July 4, 2:00pm to 2:00am and Monday, July 5, 2:00pm to 12:00 am
Cost: Tickets cost between $5 to $9 per child above 12. Parking is $3.
For details: Ring 973-450-1073
Montclair’s Spectacular Fireworks Display
Games and activities will take place before the fireworks. Lawn chairs and outside food and beverage are not permitted into the stadium. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Parking will be available, free of charge, at the Carparc Diem deck adjacent to Floyd Hall Arena. Overflow parking will be directed to Lot 28 on campus
Where: Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair University Campus, 1 Normal Ave, Little Falls
When: Sunday, July 4. Gates open at 7:30pm
Cost: Free.
Bloomfield’s 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Memorial Park (JFK Drive), Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Sunday, July 4 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: Free
West Orange Downtown Blues Festival
There will be live blues bands and food at reasonable prices prepared by downtown restaurants. The Skinner-Dunn Horseshoe tournament, a tradition at Colgate Park, will begin at 6:45pm. At 10:00pm, the featured musical acts from the festival will retire to select downtown pubs where the party will continue into the night.
When: July 3rd, 6:30pm
Where: Colgate Park, West Orange
West Orange July 4th Festivities
The West Orange High School Varsity Baseball Team will jump start the July 4th schedule with a game versus a local rival at 1:30pm. Other activities will include moon walks, sack races, balloon toss, eating contests, pony rides, golf contests and Kidz Zone. The 9th Annual Classic DeSoto Car Display will be held concurrently, and some remarkable vintage cars will be on display on the grounds of West Orange High School adjacent to Lincoln Field.
The scene shifts to the nearby baseball field for the evening schedule, with music from 7:30pm, along with face painters, balloon clowns and jugglers. There will also be a moonwalk and a giant slide. At dusk the crowd will be treated to one of the area’s finest firework displays. In case of inclement weather, updated information will be available on the weather hotline at 973-243-1115.
When: Sunday, July 4, from 1:30pm
Where: West Orange HIgh School
Go over to Barista Kids for their full list of family-friendly events for July 4th.
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  1. Fireworks in a STADIUM? And no lawn chairs? No thanks. What a shame–we’ve loved the fireworks on the lawn across from the iris gardens for many years.

  2. Fireworks in a STADIUM? And no lawn chairs? No thanks. We’ve loved the ‘works from the lawn across from the iris gardens and the big community party for many years, but if you can’t lie on your back and watch, why bother?

  3. Very disappointed with the fireworks in Little Falls.
    Our Town Council dropped the ball on this one.
    Very poor decision making on this issue.

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