Happy 4th of July weekend! Are you looking for something to do over the long holiday weekend? Big Joe's got you covered. Check out our complete list of great events and fun things do right here in the great Garden State!

Of course you could always catch one of the many great fireworks shows going on throughout the state. Click here to see our complete list of fireworks shows and Independence Day celebrations.


ATLANTIC COUNTY


Come out and celebrate our nations birth! Parade and festivities galore! Historic Smithville has over 60 shoppes, 7 eateries, carousel, train, paddle boats, antique arcade, lodging and over 26 free weekend events!

Date: July 4th, 2016
Location: Historic Smithville & Village Greene
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ 08205


BERGEN COUNTY


Enjoy FREE FIREWORKS after the Races & Catch Money Machine Fever at the Meadowlands. Enter prior to Race 5. Event takes place after Race 6: 6 lucky contestants will be selected to participate. Each contestant will have 30 seconds to "catch" as much cash as they can and place it into the designated bag. Each contestant walks away with the all cash they have "caught" Cash denominations include: $1, $2, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $500. Fireworks show will start 15 minutes after the last race. Management reserves the right to cancel/modify at anytime. participants must be 18 years or older and have valid ID.

Date: July 2nd, 2016
Location: Meadowlands Racetrack
1 Racetrack Dr., East Rutherford, NJ 07073


BURLINGTON COUNTY


Take a special guided trip along the Batsto River as it weaves through the Pine Barrens ending at Batsto Lake. This trip is good for families and individuals who have some kayaking or canoeing experience. Trip lasts approximately 4 hours and includes boat rental and transportation.

Date: July 4th, 2016
Location: Pinelands Adventures
1005 Atsion Rd., Shamong, NJ 08088


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Celebrate Independence Day the traditional way with patriotic programs, celebrations, lectures and music.

Date: July 2nd, 2016 - July 3rd, 2016
Location: Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9, Cape May, NJ 08204

The Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, rain or shine. All handmade products. Sat: 9 am - 5 pm, Sun: 9 am - 4 pm. Free.

Date: July 1st, 2016 - July 3rd, 2016
Location: Rio Grande Ave. & Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260


ESSEX


Montclair's 66th annual July 4th parade features marching bands, floats, music, multi-cultural performances, civic groups and plenty more.

Date: July 4th, 2016
Location: Bloomfield & S. Fullterton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042


GLOUCESTER COUNTY


What better day to visit Red Bank Battlefield than July 4th! Bring your favorite blanket and join us for an old fashioned picnic and ice cream social-we'll provide the ice cream! Watch the boats glide by on the river, enjoy a tour of the Whitall House, and visit the battlefield area where brave Americans fought for freedom in 1777! Starts at 11 am.

Date: July 4th, 2016
Location: Red Bank Battlefield and Whitall House
100 Hessian Ave., National Park, NJ 08063


HUNTERDON COUNTY


Join the Union Forge Heritage Association for the annual Independence Day picnic, entertainment, lectures, tours and great food.

Date: July 4th, 2016 - July 5th, 2016
Location: Union Forge Heritage Association
117 Van Syckles Rd., Hampton, NJ 08827


MERCER COUNTY


Dinosaurs return to the State Museum! The exhibition presents 10 unique fossil stories that offer intriguing clues about our ever-changing planet, how life on Earth has evolved and adapted… or gone extinct. Step back 3.5 billion years to explore the geology of New Jersey, the oldest fossils from the state and the progression of life here. Learn about the evolution of turtles, fish, mammals and birds. Meet New Jersey's own Dryptosaurus, the world's first known carnivorous dinosaur, reconstructed and displayed for the first time ever! Discover Ice Age animals and their modern day relatives. Interactive timeline demonstrates the enormity of geologic time. On long term view in the Natural History Hall.

Date: July 2nd, 2016 - July 7th, 2018
Location: New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625


MONMOUTH COUNTY


It's the biggest seasonal event on the Jersey Shore - in fact, it is the biggest Independence Day celebration anywhere in New Jersey and it happens right here in Long Branch. Join us for a family friendly festival with all the sights and sounds of the summer season!

Date: July 4th, 2016
Location: Long Branch Promenade
1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, NJ 07740


MORRIS COUNTY


Happy 4th of July!! Enjoy the fireworks & make a picture as spectacular as the day! At Imagine That!!!, children are encouraged to touch, discover, learn and explore in our 16,000 square foot space, featuring over 50 unique exhibits. Embracing a learning-through-play model, Imagine That!!! is a safe environment where young children can stretch their legs and their imagination. Children will discover interesting exhibits while absorbing and cementing important concepts as they go. Our exhibits are specifically designed to stimulate the child's imagination and intellect while providing them with a fun and exciting day!

Date: July 2nd, 2016 - July 3rd, 2016
Location: Imagine That!!! Children's Museum
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, NJ 07932

Join costumed interpreters in the annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence at the historic Morristown Green. Other events will take place in Morris County along the theme of the Revolution. Partners include the Morris County Tourism Bureau, Morristown National Historical Park, the Trustees of the Green, and the Washington Association of New Jersey.

Date: July 4th, 2016
Location: Morristown Green
57 E. Park Pl., Morristown, NJ 07960


OCEAN COUNTY


Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it's the ultimate American tradition. July 2 thru July 4 Six Flags is the premiere destination to celebrate our country, enjoy the summer, and share great times with friends. You can enjoy exclusive ride time on some of Six Flags' most popular coasters up to a whole hour before the park opens from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. when you present your admission ticket or Season Pass along with a can of Coca-Cola® during all three days of July 4th Fest! It wouldn't be the 4th of July without dazzling fireworks! Each night at 10 pm join us for eye-popping fireworks to end your day at Six Flags!

Date: July 2nd, 2016 - July 4th, 2016
Location: Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527

Harvey Cedars Craft Day by the Bay presents vendors from all over the Eastern Seaboard as well as local crafters and artists at beautiful Sunset Park. Enjoy a stroll along the bayfront as you shop among the large selection of handmade wares. The longest continuing craft show on all of Long Beach Island. Something for everyone, young and old alike.

Date: July 2nd, 2016
Location: Sunset Park
3 W. Salem Ave., Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008


SOMERSET COUNTY


Returning for a second year by popular demand, the Senior Performing Arts Festival will have you rocking in your seat. Our amazing group of talented Senior Citizens aged 55+ give unforgettable performances ranging from singing and dancing to monologues, comedy, and instrumentals. Saturday 3 pm & 7 pm; Sunday 3 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students.

Date: July 2nd, 2016 - July 3rd, 2016
Location: Villagers Theatre
475 Demott Ln., Somerset, NJ 08873