JERSEY CITY – With the state budget still unresolved as of July 2, city officials were planning to relocate the annual city Fourth of July festivities to Exchange Place in Jersey City, if necessary.
Liberty State Park, which was the original location, remained closed as a Sunday morning, due to a state budget standoff between Gov. Christopher Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.
The standoff has resulted in the closing of most state facilities, including state parks and beaches.
As an alternative, the city has plans to relocate its celebration to Exchange Place, which will start at noon and conclude at 10 p.m.
Here is our news we ran earlier on the event schedule:
The Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival at Liberty State Park takes place on Tuesday July 4 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the center of the park in the Green Ring, to better accommodate the more than 150,000 expected attendees.
Among the multiple acts of the day, viral sensation Tim Kubart will perform some of his Grammy award-winning children’s music. Jersey City’s own Kool & the Gang will headline the day of fun, taking the stage at dusk and performing classic fan favorites just before Grucci, America’s First Family of Fireworks puts on their nationally-recognized fireworks display.
The event will include entertainment for adults and kids, a smorgasbord of food, carnival rides, an expanded beer garden, live performances from two stages, and a grand finale of breathtaking fireworks visible from both sides of the Hudson River. This event is free to the public.
Bags, backpacks, coolers will be subject to search. For a full list of what can be carried into the festival and what is banned, please visit http://freedomandfireworks.com/what-to-bring/.
Anyone attending the event is strongly encouraged to arrive by foot, bike, or public transportation to Liberty State Park. Parking will be extremely limited in the park and surrounding areas.
For more information on the event, transportation, what to bring, and more visit www.FreedomAndFireworks.com or the city’s social media pages and website: jerseycitynj.gov.