Verona is always one of the first towns in our area to set off fireworks for Independence Day, and this year is no different.
Verona will hold its fireworks on Wednesday, June 30, by the Verona Community Center. The town says that DJ entertainment, dancing and food begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will start at dusk. The Community Center is located on the far west side of Verona at 880 Bloomfield Avenue, but parking will be tight there. The rain date in Thursday, July 1.
Essex County will have its own fireworks displays on June 30 and July 1. On Wednesday, the fireworks will follow a concert by the Smooth Band Orchestra that starts at 7:30 p.m. at Weequahic Park in Newark. On Thursday, the music will be provided by the Infernos and the fireworks will happen at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. The County says a third fireworks spectacular and concert by the NJ Symphony Orchestra will be held on Thursday, August 26 in Newark’s Brook Park.
Cedar Grove’s fireworks will be held on July 1 (rain date July 2) at Panther Field by Cedar Grove High School from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Donation suggested. There will be a DJ, crafts, food and more. No camping-style chairs or food permitted on the turf field. No parking in the lot by the concession stand prior to 7 p.m.
Montclair will once again not hold its Independence Day parade and picnic. But West Orange will have a food truck festival on July 4 at West Orange High School from 1 to 9 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. Caldwell and West Caldwell will also hold their joint fireworks at James Caldwell High School on July 4. The gates open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $3. If you can’t get to the high school, there’s usually good fireworks viewing from the parking lot by the Chipotle in West Caldwell.
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