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4th of July festivities near Newark

Macy's Fireworks
Macy's Fireworks
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Let the festivities begin! Looking for somewhere to go after your family cookout? Need something that is family friendly? Well, New Jersey has tons of activities to celebrate Independence Day. Newark residents can seek out fun times in towns nearby. The website Best of NJ has a great list of places to check out Fourth of July celebrations. From Maplewood's day-long 112 year-old tradition to the ever popular State Fair at Meadowlands. There is so much to do and see this coming Friday.

Now if your usual routine was to watch the Macy's Fireworks display from Hoboken, Weehawken, or Liberty State Park (Jersey City) unfortunately it has been moved to the East River. However, don't fret, the following towns are hosting their own fireworks (among other things): Belleville, Bloomfield, West Orange, Livingston, Nutley, and Verona. All are a short distance from Newark and quite accessible via public transportation (NJTransit Bus and Rail lines).

Do you plan on being down the shore? Well, lots happening down there as well. Check out the list of events in the different counties on bestofnj.com. Most importantly, remember that having a good time means having a safe time. Here are a couple of tips for having a good time with the little ones.

1. Be prepared. Have everything you need for every age group in your family. Snacks, drinks, etc. If you will be out and about for the entire day, remember to have sunscreen and water to keep hydrated. While sitting waiting for the fireworks to start, you may want to bring along that ever so handy electronic device (including the car charger). For older kids, a good book (with a reading light of course) should do. A blanket, pillow, or just a folded up sweater can help the little one rest easy when they are exhausted.

2. Talk to your child about being safe in large crowds. Come up with three main "field trip" rules for family outings. Review them constantly with your children whenever you are in a public setting. That way they are familiar with them and easy for them to follow.

Have a happy and safe July 4th everyone!

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