|Upcoming Fourth Of July Celebrations - Parades, Fireworks, and Other Festivities|
|By Firefighter Mark Robertson Sr.|
|June 30, 2018|
Here is a list of Fourth of July celebrations and events that are being held in Burlington County and other areas of South Jersey. They were provided by the Burlington County Times and the Courier Post
Medford: Fireworks will go off at 6 p.m. at Freedom Park on 86 Union St. The rain date is July 5. For information, visit medfordcelebrates.org.
Mount Holly: The day’s celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Iron Works Park at 157 Wollners Drive. Residents will enjoy live music, free rides, glow-in-the-dark hula hoop presentation, more than 35 food vendors and a beer tent for adults ages 21 and over. Radio station 101.1 More FM also will be onsite. Fireworks will go off at 8:30 p.m. For a full schedule on the day’s events, visit mounthollycelebrations.com.
Westampton: A children’s parade kicks off promptly at 10:30 a.m. in the storytelling room of Burlington County Library at 5 Pioneer Blvd. Following the parade, there will be balloons, streamers, music and crafts. Registration is not required, but parents and children are strongly encouraged to arrive early to secure a place in line. For information, call 609-267-9660.
Burlington City: A colonial Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 4 to 5 p.m. at the Library Company of Burlington at 23 W. Union St. Children will get fife music lessons, listen to historical stories and make take-home tricorn hats. Registration is required. All children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 609-386-1273.
Bordentown Township: The annual Fourth of July Fish Derby will be held at Northern Community Park on 48 Groveville Road from 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. Participants must bring their own supplies. Children ages 3-12 are eligible to participate. For information, call 609-298-2800 ext. 2109.
Evesham: The day’s celebration will begin at 8 a.m. with the Mayor’s Cup 5K and 1-mile walk/run, both starting on Main Street. The children’s bike parade, also on Main Street, starts at 10:30 a.m. The Fourth of July Parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. The Marlton Recreation Council will provide refreshments in several locations along the route, which runs from Maple Avenue to Bettlewood Road.
Starting at 7 p.m., patrons also can enjoy food and drinks from local vendors at Cherokee High School, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For information, visit eveshamcelebrations.org.
Moorestown: A parade will begin at noon along Chester Avenue at the Central Avenue intersection. The parade will go up Chester Avenue, turn right onto Main Street and continue along to Church Street. Residents are advised to keep their vehicles off of Main Street after 11:30 a.m. For information, visit moorestown4thjuly.org.
Riverton: More than 400 runners will participate in a 5K run that starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Family Center on Fourth Street and Linden Avenue. The race will conclude at Riverton Memorial Park at Cedar Street between Broad and Eighth Streets. The one-mile Run for Fun starts at the same location at 9:30 a.m. and will go along the Main Street parade route.
Mummers, marching bands and floats will roll down Main Street during the children’s parade. Historical vehicles will also be on display during the one-mile route which begins at the Delaware River.
A national anthem award and recognition ceremony will be held following the parade at 11:30 a.m. near the greased pole in Riverton Memorial Park. The park also will host a variety of games and festivities from 11:45 a.m., including live music, face painting, moon bounce, petting zoo and carriage rides. Residents also can enroll their furry critters in a pet pageant at 3:30 p.m.
The Joe Zaneski Downhill Race will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Elm Terrace and Park Avenue. Ages 5 to 18 and up. Prizes will be awarded in two categories. Cash prizes will be available for children.
The Great Annual Riverton Raft Race will be held at 5 p.m. at Bank Avenue, north of Riverton Yacht Club. The event will feature a canoe race, kayak race and paddleboard race. The raft race will begin immediately after the first three races. Awards are presented for creativity, biggest spectacle, best-dressed and other honors.
Limited parking is available on the streets of Riverton. Event-goers should be prepared to walk several blocks from off-street parking to the event site. For information on parade participation or for further information about the day’s events, visit riverton4thofjuly.com.
Bordentown Township: A Fourth of July celebration will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. at Joseph Lawrence Park at 317 Ward Ave. A cornhole tournament will take place at 4:30 p.m. and fireworks will go off at dusk. The event also will include food, a children’s area, 50/50 raffle and free giveaways. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florence: A patriotic celebration will kick off with a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. at Oak Street Circle at Oak and Fifth streets. Members and veterans of the armed forces are invited.
The ceremony will be followed by a parade at noon beginning at Oak Street Circle. The route will travel along East Fifth Street, turn left onto Olive Street and left again onto Delaware Avenue. The parade will finish at the municipal complex just beyond Sixth and Broad streets. Hot dogs and sodas will be available to all parade participants at the Francis Robbins American Legion Post 194 at 601 Broad St. post parade.
From 6 to 9 p.m., patrons can enjoy a concert and food court at the Water Works Field next to the municipal complex, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. at Veterans Park. Rain date is July 8. For information, call 609-499-2525 ext. 112.
Southampton: Fireworks will go off at 8:30 p.m. at 458 Red Lion Road. The fireworks display can be seen from multiple locations.
Parade, concert and fireworks July 4. Parade steps off at 8:30 a.m. Athletic events at the Audubon High School football stadium at 10:45 a.m. The Audubon Fire Department has an open house from noon to 2 p.m. with free hot dogs, water ice and soda. Live music by Roadhouse at 7:30 p.m. at the football field. In the evening, streets around the high school will be closed to all traffic. www.CelebrateAudubon.com
Independence Day events July 3. Parade at 6:30 p.m. near railroad tracks on Clements Bridge Road and fireworks at dark behind Woodland School. Prior to the fireworks, The Barrington Band will provide patriotic music from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain date for the parade and fireworks is July 6.
Berlin Borough and Berlin Township
Parade July 4. Parade starts at 9 a.m. in Berlin Township along Haddon Avenue and continues into Berlin Borough.
Concert, fish derby and fireworks, July 3, 4 and 7. The NJ Army National Guard 63rd Army Band Concert is on July 3 at 7 p.m. at Bordentowntown Regional High School. Free. On July 4, enjoy the fish derby at Northern Community Park, Groveville Road. Registration, 9 a.m.; Derby 10 a.m. to noon. Fireworks will light up the sky on July 7 at Joseph Lawrence Park preceded by a cornhole tournament at 4:30 p.m.
Parade starts at 2 p.m. July 7 in Collings Lakes and ends in Michael Debbi Park. Fire Truck & EMS Truck Show from 3 to 5 p.m. July 7 at Michael Debbi Park. Fireworks at dusk.
Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival and Fourth of July fireworks display from 5 to 9:30 p.m. July 4. Wiggins Waterfront Park, Riverside Drive and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Salute to America celebrates our country’s veterans at 5 p.m.; The Spinners perform at 6:30 p.m.; Eddie Money concert at 8 p.m; followed by fireworks show over the Delaware River at 9:30 p.m. The Freedom Festival also will feature food vendors and a beer garden. camdencounty.com
Live music, kids activities, food and drink, and fireworks viewing area aboard the Battleship New Jersey June 30, 7 to 10 p.m. Watch the Independence Day fireworks show on the deck of the Battleship NJ! There will be live music, face painting for the kids, food concessions, and a cash bar for adults. Tickets: $10 per person.
Fireworks light up the Camden Waterfront during the 2014 Freedom Fest Fourth of July celebration.
Independence Day fireworks, bike parade and concert July 4. Bike parade at 10 a.m. starting at Haddon and Zane avenues and ending at Knight Park. Kids, families and cyclists are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters patriotically. Tatem Shields American Legion Post 17 will distribute free ice cream, ice treats and flags. Collingswood's Roberts Pool welcomes those with a membership or day pass for kids' events starting at 2 p.m.: water games, raft races, coin toss, watermelon games and more. TO THE MAX band will play patriotic tunes before and during the fireworks. Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Fireworks kick off around 9:15 p.m. at the high school stadium (424 Collings Ave.). Stadium seating will not be available so bring a blanket. Fireworks rain date is July 5. Check website for changes to parking restrictions and road closures. collingswood.com
Parade and fireworks July 4. Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Festivities at Cherokee High School at 7 p.m. and concluding with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Patriotic Celebration Day July 7. The flag-raising ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Oak Street Circle, Oak and 5th streets. The parade will step off at noon at Oak Street Circle/Veterans Monument and travel along East Fifth Street, turn left onto Olive Street, turn left onto Delaware, then turn onto Broad Street and finish at the municipal complex just beyond 6th and Broad streets. Concert and a food court 6 to 9 p.m., Water Works Field, next to municipal complex. Fireworks at 9 p.m., Veterans Park behind municipal complex. Rain date is July 8 for concert and fireworks only. More information, (609) 499-2525, ext. 112.
Parade July 7. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. at the Gibbstown Little League field on School Street, head to Memorial Avenue and end at Memorial Park.
Independence Day fireworks and parade "Yankee Doodle Do!" family-friendly events and fireworks on July 3. Inflatables and food trucks on Kings Highway from 6 to 9 p.m.; live music at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:20 p.m. The display will launch at Central School and be viewable on Kings Highway, which will be closed to traffic from Haddon Avenue to the PATCO station. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Chestnut Street and Kings Highway. downtownhaddonfield.com
Parade and Baby Parade July 4. Parade steps off 9 a.m. at Station and 2nd avenues to 10th Avenue to High Street to Hoff’s Park. Baby parade starts at Sycamore and 10th. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., judging ends at 9:15 a.m. and then joins into the main parade. Categories are Best Dressed Individual or Couple, Best Decorated Bike without training wheels, Best Decorated Bike with training wheels, Best Decorated Wagon and Best Decorated Baby Stroller. Festivities including face painting, inflatable games and bounces following parade, plus treats for sale until noon at the park. Rain date July 7.
Fireworks July 3. Fireworks at Haddon Township High School football stadium. Gates will open at 7 p.m. with live music, bounces and refreshments for sale. Fireworks go off at dusk. No admission fee. Rain date is July 5.
Seaside Heights fireworks
Parade July 4. Parade steps off at 9:15 a.m. down Stone Road from Walnut Avenue to Craig Leib Field, where there will be field events following the parade.
Parade and fireworks June 30. Parade will be held on Main Street starting at 11 a.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Fireworks and festivities July 3. Festivities including pop & rock band No Commitment and kids' activity zone begin at 6 p.m. at Freedom Park, 86 Union St. Food is available for purchase. Fireworks at dusk. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested. Rain date July 5.
Festival and fireworks July 4.Live music, entertainment, food trucks and craft vendors will kick off the fun at 5 p.m. at New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road. Fireworks to follow at 9 p.m. Free.
Fireworks July 4. Grab a blanket and chairs and head to Williamstown High School for fireworks at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Parade July 4. Parade participants (military, cars and bike riders welcome) line up at 11:30 a.m. at Chester and Central avenues. Noon step-off on Chester Avenue to Main Street.
Parade July 4. Parade steps off at noon on Kings Highway.
Independence Day celebration and fireworks July 3. Celebration from 5 to 11 p.m. at Ironworks Park, 157 Wollner Drive. Admission, rides and shows are free. Children and adults are invited to enjoy rides, bounce houses, a trackless train, slides and a glow-in-the-dark hula hoop presentation. Live music and demonstrations from The Counterfeiters, Who Knows and the Lumberton School of Music. Food and drink are available for purchase. Fireworks at sundown. www.mounthollycelebrations.com
Parade July 4. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. at East Beechwood and Johnson avenues to East Holly Avenue, West Holly Avenue, Newton Avenue, West Clinton Avenue to Oaklyn Public School on Kendall Boulevard. Parade theme is "Oaklyn Public School — 90 years of Marvelous Memories." Mayor Robert Forbes will lead the ceremony at the conclusion of the parade.
Parade July 4. Parade begins at Paulsboro Plaza parking lot on Broad Street and marches to Paulsboro High School on Delaware Street. The theme is “Our Lighthouse – Shining a Beacon on a Bright Future.”
Water Carnival July 14. The township's water carnival and build-a-float is celebrating 50 years. Participant check-in at 6 p.m. at Mirror Lake "H" Dock. Parade of floats begins at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Rain date: July 15. Registration deadline: July 11 at www.pemberton-twp.com/recreation.html
The following events are part of the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Festival, which runs from June 28 to July 4.
Free Museum Days Penn Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 29; Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, 5 to 7 p.m., June 29; INHP First Bank of the U.S., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 30; Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 30; The Rosenbach, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., pay what you wish, June 30; Philadelphia History Museum, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., pay what you wish, June 30; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 30; One Liberty Observation Deck, 8 a.m. to noon, July 1; African American Museum, noon to 5 p.m., pay what you wish, July 1; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., pay what you wish, July 1 and July 2; The Barnes Foundation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 1; Fort Mifflin, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 1; The Mutter Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., pay what you wish, July 2; Rodin Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., pay what you wish, July 3; National Liberty Museum, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 3; National Museum of American Jewish History, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 4.
Movie screenings under the stars. The Piazza at Schmidt’s, E.T., June 29; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Sing, 5:30 p.m., June 30; The steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rocky, July 1; XFINITY Live, Pitch Perfect, 5 p.m., July 2. All free.
Wawa Welcome America Fireworks 9:30 p.m. June 30 over the Delaware River Waterfront.
Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party, noon to 7 p.m. July 3, Independence Mall. POPs on Independence at 7 p.m. July 3.
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, 10 a.m. July 4 at Independence Hall; The United States of America’s Independence Day Parade, 11 a.m. on July 4, Independence National Historic Park Liberty Bell Tapping Ceremony; 1 p.m. on July 4.
Party on the Parkway, noon to 7 p.m. on July 4. Celebrate with live entertainment, food trucks, zip-lines, games and more, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Wawa Welcome America Concert & Fireworks, 7 to 10 p.m. July 4 on the parkway. Performances by the Philly POPS Big Band, Heather Hidley and headliner Pitbull followed by a fireworks spectacular over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
For a full list of events go toWelcomeAmerica.com.
Parade July 4. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. and take place along Columbia Avenue and Highland Terrace.
Concert July 1. Pre-show 23 KINGS (from hard rock to hip-hop), concert Urban Guerilla Orchestra (1970s party classics to current hits, as well as jazz standards, big band/swing and Frank Sinatra. Food for purchase at 5 p.m.
5K and 1-Mile Run for Fun 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. July 4; Runners take off from Sacred Heart Family Center (Fourth Street and Linden Avenue) for a 5K run around town that concludes at Riverton Park. The one-mile Run for Fun starts at the same location at 9:30 a.m. and heads up Main Street. 5K fee is $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Run for Fun fee is $5.
Riverton’s 121st Children’s Parade, Riverbank line-up starts at 9 a.m. July 4 with the main event on Main Street kicking off at 10 a.m. The parade rolls from the riverbank down Main Street with Mummers, marching bands and floats representing local organizations. Hometown touches include kids riding their decorated bikes, and locals who own fanciful or historical vehicles. The parade starts at the Delaware River. Free.A national anthem and award and recognition ceremony will be held immediately following parade near the greased pole in Riverton Park.
Old-Fashioned Games at Riverton Park following the parade, July 4. Games and activities include attempts to climb a greased pole, horse-drawn carriage rides, pony rides and face-painting.
Joe Zaneski Downhill Race 2:30 p.m. July 4. Gravity is the only power permitted for these homemade vehicles. Ages 5 through 18-plus will take to the street in four heats. The fun starts where steep Elm Terrace meets Park Avenue. Cash prizes for kids; bragging rights for adults.
Pageant in the Park for pets 3:30 p.m. July 4 at Riverton Memorial Park.
Fourth of July Raft Race 5 p.m. July 4; Riverton Yacht Club, Bank Avenue And Main, Riverton. Awards are presented for creativity, biggest spectacle, best-dressed and other honors. www.riverton4thofjuly.comRunnemede
4th of July Parade: All events on July 4. At Harry Williams Community Center, rain or shine: 9 a.m. bicycle parade; 9:15 a.m. baby parade registration for Runnemede residents 5 and younger; 9:30 a.m. baby parade; 10 a.m. free water ice for all children from Anthony's Water Ice. Main parade starts at 1 p.m. at Black Horse Pike and Clements Bridge Road, and ends at Black Horse Pike and 8th Avenue. Rain date for main parade is July 7 at 1 p.m.
Fireworks on July 4 at dusk at the Vineland High School campus, Chestnut Avenue and Brewster Road. The rain date is July 5.
Parade and fireworks July 4. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school parking lot (519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road) onto Greentree Road and travel to Egg Harbor Road, Ganttown Road and Hurffville-Cross Keys Road. Join the bicycle contest and ride your bike in the parade. Judging at 5:45 p.m. in the high school parking lot. Food vendors and novelty items available. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at the high school complex. Rain date for fireworks only is July 5. www.townshipnj.com
Independence Day parade, hike, fun run and concert July 4. Parade steps off at 8:30 a.m. on Mantua Avenue. Patriotic ceremony in Wenonah Park at 10 a.m. Independence Day Hike at 4 p.m. starting at 104 S. Jackson Ave. and heading south on the Mantua Creek Trail observing wildlife and habitat. Fun Run at 5 p.m. starting and finishing at Wenonah Park. Prize ceremony at 6 p.m. at the park followed by a free concert by Swing That Cat.
Fireworks and festivities. June 30, beginning at 4 p.m. at Woodbury High School stadium. Food trucks will serve water ice, hot dogs and more. 88 MPH band and a DJ will provide music. There will be T-shirt sales, therapy chickens and a bike parade at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks will take place at dusk.
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Parade and fireworks July 4, Historic Smithville & Village Greene Parade kicks off at 9 a..m. at the Smithville Town Center featuring more than 170 units. The parade will travel east on Smithville Boulevard to Moss Mill Road to Historic Smithville. Borgata's fireworks display lights up the sky at 9:20 p.m. at the North Entrance lot and Tropicana's display starts at 10 p.m. over the beach and boardwalk.
Concerts, boat parade, festivities, fireworks July 4. Beach concert by Andrew Jude, 1 to 3 p.m., 30th Street and the beach; boat parade at 1:30 p.m. in back bay; celebration 6 to 8 p.m., 30th Street parking lot; Bay Atlantic Symphony Concert, 7 p.m., Avalon Community Hall; fireworks 8:45 p.m. at 30th Street beach.
Independence Day Parade and concert July 6 and July 7. 63rd Army Band Concert on July 6 at 7 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall. Free. Parade on July 7, 1 p.m. on Beach Avenue.
Bike parade, Wacky Wednesday, concert, kite flying competition and fireworks July 4. Bike parade registration at 9 a.m. at 40th and Asbury avenues. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Wacky Wednesday - Pie Eating Contest at 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the boardwalk. No hands allowed. Free and open to all ages. Limited to 150 participants. Ocean City Theatre Company’s Spotlight Performers Show Choir will present "A Start Spangled Salute at 6 p.m. at the Music Pier. Kite flying competition at 7 p.m. followed by entertainment. Boardwalk fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Sea Isle City
Concert and fireworks July 4. Patriot Brass Ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m., Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue. www.visitsicnj.com
Jazz and blues concert and fireworks July 2. Eddie Morgan & Rebirth will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the 95th Street Beach Pavilion. View fireworks at 9:30 p.m. from any beach end. Rain date is July 3.
Field Day July 4. 9 a.m. races and derby registration, 10 a.m. start. at recreation fields, 8100 Second Ave.
Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show June 29-July 1. Wildwoods Convention Center, 3 to 9 p.m on June 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 30, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 1. Free. www.rksportspromotions.com
Farmer's Market June 30. The Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market will be open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Byrne Plaza, Oak and Pacific avenues in Wildwood. Live music, family entertainment and a live broadcast from 98.7 The Coast.
Concert June 30. Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series Concert featuring Soul’d Again, 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Park Amphitheater, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Bring a blanket or beach chair. Free. www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com
Independence Day Parade and Patriotic Pooch Parade July 4. Parade begins at 9 a.m. at 9th and Atlantic avenues in North Wildwood and proceeds north to 1st and Surf avenues and features bicycles decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue theme. The Patriotic Pooch Parade will join the march through the Wildwoods at 8th and Atlantic avenues. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will parade along the streets dressed in patriotic garb. To register, call 609-522-2955. .
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular July 4 at 10 p.m. Originating from the beach at Pine Avenue in Wildwood. www.wildwoodsnj.com
Anglesea Night Market July 5, 4 to 10 p.m. featuring food trucks, gourmet food vendors, high-end crafters, live music, art and yoga. www.angleseanightmarket.com