JERSEY CITY (PIX11) – The Macy’s fireworks display has finally returned to the East River, but those living near the Hudson River and in New Jersey will have a stunning display of their own at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
The “Freedom & Fireworks Festival” will kick off at noon and go until 10:30 p.m., featuring performances by Craig Morgan, Kristen Redmond and others.
“We are excited to bring fireworks back to Jersey City and to have the premier Fourth of July event in New Jersey,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “Thanks to the help of our great sponsors, this will truly be a national event and will be a great day of entertainment for the entire family.”
The location of the park will offer a photogenic backdrop including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Freedom Tower and the Jersey City and New York City skylines.
The display itself will last a full 20 minutes, and is put on by Fireworks by Grucci, who have created the pyrotechnics for seven consecutive U.S. Presidential Inaugurations and multiple Olympic Games.
According to the mayor’s office, 150,000 people are expected to attend the free event.
Sponsored by Budweiser, the festival will feature a Clydesdale show, stable viewing and beer gardens.
The schedule for the events is as follows:
9:00 a.m. Clydesdale stables open for stable viewing
12:00 p.m. Beer Garden Experiences open
1:00 p.m. Budweiser Brewmaster Experience open
4:00 p.m. Clydesdales begin hooking up to wagon
5:00 p.m. Budweiser Clydesdale Show, until 7pm
5:30 p.m. Opening Act, Kristen Redmond, 90-min performance
7:00-7:30 p.m. Suntex / Jersey City presentation
7:00 p.m. Craig Morgan, 2-hour performance
Scholarship presentation during performance*
8:00 p.m. BGEs & Brewmaster Experience close
Fireworks by Grucci to follow
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is advising visitors that they should expect crowded conditions and delays along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail because of the expected turnout.