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Jersey City July 4th Fireworks Move Due to Liberty State Park Closure

Freedom and Fireworks Festival Moved To Exchange Place

Due to the NJ state government shutdown, the Jersey City July 4th fireworks have been moved from Liberty State Park to Exchange Place. Commenting on the Jersey City July 4th fireworks move, Mayor Steve Fulop said, “I just made the decision in conjunction with our Police, Fire, OEM + Cultural Affairs that we will move our celebration to Exchange Place. I’m not willing to risk waiting around for the state government to act.”

Editor’s Note (7/3/17 – 11:20pm): Jersey City’s Freedom and Fireworks Festival will remain at Exchange Place despite the fact that the NJ state government shutdown has ended and all New Jersey state parks will reopen tomorrow.



The Freedom and Fireworks Festival is the largest Fourth of July celebration in the state of New Jersey, attracting more than 125,000 visitors to the festival each year. The NJ state government shutdown has also closed all other state parks, forests and recreational areas.

The festival features carnival rides, games, a beer garden, musical performances by headliner act Kool and the Gang as well as performances by local New Jersey artists such as the Annie Minogue Band, the B-Street Band, and more. There will be dozens of food trucks and vendors offering a wide variety of food, recreational activities, and much more. The event will conclude with a 20-minute fireworks display over the Hudson River.


Anyone attending Jersey City’s Freedom and Fireworks Festival is strongly encouraged to arrive to Exchange Place by foot, bike, or public transportation, as parking will be extremely limited.

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