4th of July Fireworks & Festivities in & near Summit, New Jersey 2024

Independence Day in Summit, SOMa / MapSO, Chatham, Florham Park, Livingston, Millburn, W. Orange, NJ

By Glenda Robson, Macaroni KID Summit Short Hills SOMA Publisher June 26, 2024

We’ve rounded up all the best events, fireworks displays, parades, and family-friendly activities happening on or around July 4, 2024. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch fireworks, enjoy live music, or participate in patriotic festivities, we’ve got you covered.

๐Ÿ’ฅSummit Short Hills SOMA 2024 Independence Day Fireworks & Family Fun๐Ÿ’ฅ

June 29th, Saturday

South Orange

Star Spangled South Orange

Come celebrate independence before the 4th of July!

  • Starting at 5pm - Events include food trucks, kid’s games, arts & crafts, dance performances, a Sloppy Joe Eating Contest, South Orange Symphony playing Americana
  • At sundown - “A League of Their Own” movie on the big screen

July 4th, Thursday, Independence Day!


  • Starting at 9:15am - Events include Fire Department Inspection, Parade (rain or shine), musical entertainment
  • At dark - Fireworks

Florham Park

  • Starting at 9am - Events include a Flag Raising, Parade, Family Picnic, Adult Social Garden, rides for the kids
  • 9pm - Fireworks


  • Starting at 12pm - Events include Bungee Jump, Hatchet Throwing, Inflatables, Rock Wall, Zip Line, Connect 4, Pony Rides, Mini Golf, Hocus Pocus: Magic Show, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Race Car Simulator, Rolling Video Games Truck, "We May Be Right" (a Billy Joel Cover Band)
  • 9pm - Fireworks


  • Starting at 10am - Events include Bike Parade, Fun Relays, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Pet Parade, DJ & ice cream vendors
  • 9pm - Fireworks

Millburn-Short Hills

  • Starting at 9am - Events include Flag Raising, Annual Patriot Award Ceremony, Magician, Kids' DJ Dance Party, face painting, Stilt Walker, ride a train around the park, DJ, food & ice cream trucks
  • 9:30pm - Fireworks


  • Starting at 12pm - Events include Amusement Rides, food trucks, Flag Raising Ceremony, Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade, bands in concert, Magic Show, lowering of the colors 
  • 9:15 PM - Fireworks

West Orange

  • Starting at 11:30am - Events include food trucks, Carnaby Street Band, DJ, Kidz Zone, Soul Cruisers Band, Jakes Rockin’ Country Band

Tips for Enjoying Independence Day in NJ

  • Arrive Early: Popular events can get crowded, so plan to arrive early to secure a good spot.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack sunscreen, water, and snacks to stay comfortable throughout the day.
  • Follow Local Guidelines: Be sure to follow any local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe celebration for everyone.
  • Consider Ear Protection for Your Child: Fireworks can be loud and overwhelming for young children. Bring ear protection like noise-canceling headphones to ensure they enjoy the festivities without discomfort.

Celebrate Independence Day in Union, Essex, and Morris, NJ counties with family, friends, and community! We hope you have a fantastic time enjoying all the festivities and making wonderful memories. Happy Fourth of July!

Know of a local celebration missing from this list? Contact us to let us know.

Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please confirm events prior to attending.

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