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Where to see Fireworks Locally this 4th of July Weekend!

Staying local for the weekend? Check out these great firework shows to celebrate the 4th of July weekend.

July 3rd:

Morristown, NJ

The firework show will begin at 9:15 at the Central Park of Morris County, townofmorristown.org.

July 4th:

Bridgewater, NJ

The Bridgewater North Branch Park will begin its celebrations at 6pm with an Independence Day Family Festival. The firework show begins at 9:30pm, somersetcountyparks.com.

Tip: If you are only interested in seeing the fireworks, consider viewing the show from the Wegmans / Home Depot parking lot on 202 in Bridgewater. Face your car towards the Home Depot building as the firework show will display above the building and bring some chairs to sit on. You will be accompanied by many others who want to avoid the crowds of the actual North Branch Park.

Florham Park, NJ

There will be day long festivities including a flag-raising ceremony, parade and picnic. The day will be concluded with a firework show beginning at 8:15pm; fpjuly4th.com.

 

For a full list of where to see Independence Day fireworks throughout the state, click here

 

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Home for the Holidays

To Make Your Holiday Season More Festive, Consider Partaking in One of the Awesome Local Events Listed Below

Did you know Forbes ranked Bernardsville as one of their twelve “out-of-the-ordinary Christmas getaways?” Click here to see the article.

Activities:

Holiday Shopping and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Bernardsville

Sunday, December 20th 1pm-4pm. Downtown Bernardsville. Click here here to see a news article featuring the event.

38th Annual Festival of the Trees, Basking Ridge

December 4th-27th, 9am-4pm. The Environmental Education Center. Click here to see a news article featuring the event.

A Christmas Story, Millburn

November 25th- January 3rd. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

Ice Carving on Division Street, Carriage Rides on Main Street and Holiday Entertainment, Somerville

Saturday, December 19th, 10am-3pm. Click here for ice carving, click here for carriage rides, and here for holiday entertainment.

First Night Morris: A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration, Morristown

New Years Eve. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

Dining:

Sunday Brunch with Christmas Carolers, Basking Ridge

Sunday, December 20th, 10am-2pm. The Grain House Restaurant. Click here for details.

Special Holiday Menus, Bernardsville

Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Bernards Inn. Click here for details.

Featured Destination:

Princeton, New Jersey: a more relaxing alternative to the bustling streets of NYC
Take the highly-rated one hour Holiday Trolley Tour through the holiday-decorated streets of Princeton and if you have young children consider the Santa’s Helpers Strolling Tour. Enjoy some holiday shopping at the specialty shoppes at Palmer Square, where you can also view a 65-foot Norwegian Spruce tree lit up with over 32,000 lights for the holiday season (and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons meet Santa and enjoy holiday music). Buy tickets for a performance of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre. For a special dining experience, try The Peacock Inn Restaurant or enjoy a fresh seafood meal at Blue Point Grill.

Three Day Trippin’ Ideas

With summer slowly starting to wind down, there is no better time to make some great summer memories. Below I have shared a few of my favorite day trip destinations- Enjoy!

Spring Lake, New Jersey- 

Exit 98 on Garden State Parkway

This pristine beach community is one of my favorite Jersey Shore spots and the best part is its close proximity to Somerset county. Be sure to hit the road early, so that you do not hit traffic and are able to find a parking spot close to the beach. When you arrive at the beach, anyone over the age of twelve will need to purchase a beach badge. As for lunch, enjoy a meal packed from home, eat sandwiches that you picked up from Jersey Mikes along the way or visit one of the concession stands along the boardwalk to purchase food. All food must be eaten on the boardwalk or elsewhere as Spring Lake has a no eating on the beach rule. Finish off your sunny, relaxing day by taking a ticket to wait in line at Hoffmans Homemade Ice Cream located in Spring Lake where you may choose one of their many flavors of delicious, homemade ice cream.

Griggstown Canoe & Kayak Rental-

Griggstown, NJ

My family and I kayaked in the D&R canal two summers ago, and surprisingly the whole family said they had fun. While paddling through the calm canal, you will be sure to spot many turtles: either popping their heads to the surface of the water or sun basking on a nearby rock. Rate and other details can be found on their website (canoenj.com), note credit cards are not accepted.

Camelbeach-

Tannersville, PA

I brought my two daughters and their friends here during the end of August last summer and they had a blast. The best thing to do is pick a time to go when there will be shorter lines such as a cloudy day or week day. My advice is to pack a lunch as the food in the park is quite pricey. Employees stamp your hand when exiting the park, so you can go to the car to eat lunch and then come back in. The park offers lockers to rent to place your belongings, bring quarters. There are a variety of slides offered as well as a regular pool and wave pool. General admission cost $35.99 and for those aged under 3 or over 65 the cost is $25.99. Visit their website for more details: camelbeach.com

Please leave comments to let me know if you have ever been to one of the above places or what day trips you would recommend.

Stay tuned for fun things to fill your days locally!