Independence Day celebration scheduled for July 7

Fireworks, music and entertainment will abound at 16th Street Park

Catch the fireworks show at 16th Street Park.
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Catch the fireworks show at 16th Street Park.

Bayonne’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on July 7, Mayor James Davis announced. Last year, festivities were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Festivities will take place on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park, beginning at 6:30 pm, weather permitting. There will be a rain date of July 14; the same times and procedures apply.

Free children’s inflatable rides will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the old amphitheater at the southeastern corner of the park’s lower level.

Bobby Harden and the Soul Purpose Band will perform at 7 p.m., playing pop and soul music at the municipal amphitheater, at the southwestern corner of the lower level of the park, near Newark Bay. This will be the first concert of the 2021 Summer Sounds by the Bay concert series.

Fireworks

Fireworks are scheduled for approximately 9:15 p.m. and will run for about 30 minutes.

Chairs will not be provided for the fireworks and concert, due to the expected size of the crowd. Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs, but they will be provided at future concerts.

Food vendors will be in the parking lot.

A buffer zone will be created for residents’ safety. Only authorized people will be allowed inside the buffer zone.

No pleasure craft in Newark Bay will be permitted within a perimeter of at least 500 feet from the launch site, per the U.S. Coast Guard. The Fire Department will have a boat in the bay during the show.

Free transportation

The Bayonne Recreation Division will provide free shuttle bus service, picking up passengers at East 24th St. and Church Lane. This
location is near Parking Lot 6 behind Archie’s Cab, and Parking Lot 7 behind Valley Bank.

Shuttle bus service will begin at 6 p.m., dropping off passengers at the lower level parking lot alongside the tennis courts until 8:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, at approximately 10 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers at the same area for the return trip to East 24th St. and Church Lane.

Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned, by approximately 11 p.m. To provide space for the shuttle, parking will not be allowed in a designated bus area between 6 and 11 p.m. Signs will be posted in the no parking area.

Parking changes

The boat ramp on the lower level will be closed for the entire day. The boat ramp parking lot will be available for public parking. The main parking area on the lower level will be closed to the general public after 7 a.m. No parking will be allowed by the firing range on the upper level.

On West 16th St., between Avenue A and the park, no parking will be allowed on either side of the street after 6 p.m. Signs will be posted. The signs will be removed around 10 p.m.

Police will create a single lane for traffic on that portion of West 16th St.

Amenities open

The DiDomenico Municipal Pool on the upper level will follow regular operating hours on July 7, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The basketball courts on the lower level will close at 2 p.m.

The park’s regular bathrooms will be closed, but portable toilets will be available. Both regular and handicap facilities will be provided.

In the event of inclement weather, call 201-471-7590 after 4 p.m., visit www.bayonnerec.com, or view the city’s Facebook page.

For further information, call Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@aol.com.

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