After calling off last year’s municipal Independence Day celebration due to the pandemic, Mayor Steven Fulop announced New Jersey’s largest fireworks display will return to the Jersey City waterfront this Fourth of July.
During normal years, Jersey City’s July 4th festivities typically include a daylong celebration with musical performances featuring A-list headliners like Snoop Dogg and Pitbull gracing the Exchange Place stage and culminating in a grand fireworks display over the Hudson River.
July Fourth festivals in recent years have attracted crowds of nearly 150,000 to Jersey City’s waterfront, but this year the city will forgo the acts and go straight to the main event lighting up the night sky, with social distancing guidelines encouraged.
“Since we revived Jersey City’s Fourth of July event in 2013, we’ve become a destination for the annual celebration, and I think it’s important to restore those traditions for residents and visitors to have something to look forward to,” Fulop said. “It was a the right decision to cancel last year’s event as safety obviously takes precedence, but we are excited to start again this year.”
While this year’s Freedom and Fireworks event will not include the yearly festival and superstar concerts, the city’s decision to bring back the fireworks display over the Hudson River was made with the community’s needs and safety top of mind.
Grucci, not Gucci
This year, just after sunset on Sunday, July 4, Grucci’s fireworks will launch from two barges in the Hudson River, painting the sky, with an unparalleled backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
Fireworks by Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated company headquartered in Bellport, New York, that has developed a prominent reputation.
They have performed at eight U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, Olympic Games, World’s Fairs, and earned the Guinness World Record for “largest fireworks display” ever recorded.
The city moved the fireworks from Liberty State Park to Exchange Place in 2017 after then-Governor Chris Christie famously closed state parks in a budget dispute with the state legislature. Following that year’s success, the city made the move permanent.
While there are no longer limits for outdoor gatherings, residents and visitors are invited to watch the fireworks along the waterfront while maintaining all necessary safety protocols.
“We’ve come a long way since this time last year, and bringing back the fireworks next month will not only commemorate our nation’s independence, but, for many, it also serves as a big step toward normalcy following a year of lockdowns worldwide,” Fulop said. “Grucci is the best in the business, and we look forward to putting on one of the best Fourth of July fireworks celebrations yet again this year.”