Massive July 4 celebration
Jersey City hosts free event with fireworks, Snoop Dogg concert
by Al Sullivan
Reporter staff writer
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A REAL CELEBRATION – Jersey City is going all out to celebrate Independence Day this year, including a performance by legendary rapper Snoop Dogg
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In an event that could bring as many as 200,000 people to the Exchange Place area of Jersey City’s waterfront, Snoop Dogg will headline Jersey City Fourth of July celebration this year.

“I am confident that the Jersey City side of the Hudson River is going to be the place that people want to be for the 4th of July this year,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “Between Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Grucci Fireworks, and Snoop, this event will serve as proof of our ability to come together and show off our city.”

The events run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., including beer gardens, food trucks, kids’ entertainment, carnival rides, and the headlining stage at Exchange Place Plaza.

Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, television personality, and actor, who has sold more 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide.

The area is easily accessible, with both a PATH and light rail stop there, and ferry service nearby. Events will be held in the adjoining waterfront neighborhoods of Exchange Place and Harborside.

Fireworks on this side of the river

The city first moved the fireworks from Liberty State Park to Exchange Place last year after then-Gov. Christopher Christie famously closed state parks in a budget dispute with the state legislature. The change proved so successful, the city made it permanent.

Last year, the event drew over 100,000 spectators from throughout the city and region. Grucci, who will operate the fireworks display, is a sixth-generation, family-owned fireworks company and has performed at U.S. presidential inaugurations, Olympic Games, and World’s Fairs.


“This event will serve as proof of our ability to come together and show off our city.” – Mayor Steven Fulop


Transportation options and changes

On July 4, NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) will be running north only from the Harborside stop on Hudson Street, and south only from the Essex Street stop on Hudson and Essex in Paulus Hook. Customers are encouraged to buy round trip tickets to speed their departure.

Bags or backpacks brought into the designated area are subject to search, and attendees are encouraged to pack belongings in clear bags that show contents. Coolers will not be allowed.

This year, BikeJC is will provide free bike valet service from noon to 10 p.m. for all attendees who arrive on two wheels. Residents without bikes may also rent one through Citi Bike, which has several stations location in the festival area, including at Harborside, at the end of Sussex Street, and on Washington and Grand.

The CitiBike station location at Exchange Place will not be operating on July 4.

NY Waterway ferries will be in operation from New York City to the terminals at both Paulus Hook and Harborside until 4 p.m.

NJ Transit buses stop at locations throughout Jersey City and the surrounding region, including Newark Penn Station, Hoboken, Secaucus, and New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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