If you’re leaving Baristaville to join tens of thousands of revelers along the New Jersey Waterfront, you really don’t want to drive, do you? The big draw, of course, is a spectacular view of the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display over the Hudson River.
NJ TRANSIT is offering travel tips to customers planning to attend the big show.
Tip #1: Plan ahead, arrive early and purchase round-trip tickets in advance.
New Jersey’s Hudson River Waterfront is accessible by NJ TRANSIT rail, bus and light rail service to Hoboken Terminal. NJ TRANSIT operates six rail lines and four bus routes with direct service to Hoboken, as well as Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. The four bus routes and other routes that serve the Hudson River Waterfront may experience delays and detours on July 4 as a result of traffic congestion.
Rail Service: On July 4, the following rail lines will provide direct service to Hoboken:
Morris & Essex Lines
¬∑ Montclair Line (from Bay Street Station and points east only)
¬∑ Main Line
¬∑ Bergen County Line
¬∑ Pascack Valley Line
¬∑ Port Jervis Line
On the Morris & Essex Lines, NJ TRANSIT will supplement existing weekend service with eight additional trains to and from Hoboken Terminal, including four trips between Dover and Hoboken, three trips between Summit and Hoboken, and an additional trip from Newark Broad Street to Hoboken. Additional trains to Hoboken before the event will operate between approximately 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. After the show, extra Morris & Essex trains will depart Hoboken at 10:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 12:25 a.m. Visit njtransit.com/fireworks for details.
Here’s info on Summer Savings, kids ride free and NJT’s weekend beach deals:
strong>Beach Packages: Save up to $6.50 on admission to one of five beaches– Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach and Belmar–by purchasing round-trip train fare and a beach pass for one price at NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Special Promotions” and select “Beach Package”) or at ticket windows. Customers can purchase the package for $31.50 from New York Penn Station or any station on the Main, Bergen County or Pascack Valley lines, and for $23.50 from Hoboken Terminal or Newark Penn Station.
Six Flags Great Adventure or Hurricane Harbor: Save up to $47.48 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together. NJ TRANSIT provides express bus service to Six Flags from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, Newark Penn Station, Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal and the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden.
Monmouth Park: Board a train anywhere on NJ TRANSIT’s rail system and save $5.00 when you travel to Monmouth Park Racetrack. Simply purchase a round-trip package to Monmouth Park from NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Special Promotions” and select “Monmouth Park”) or at ticket windows, and receive Grandstand Admission and an official track program for $1 plus round-trip train fare.
Every weekend, families riding NJ TRANSIT can save with the Family Super Saver Fare, which allows two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult. For the Independence Day holiday weekend, the program will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday, July 2 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 6.