Local Fireworks Displays and Celebrations for Fourth of July Weekend

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend, and reminds residents that most county offices will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. All county parks and golf courses will remain open.

“As our celebration of American independence and freedom takes place with friends and family at picnics, barbecues and fireworks displays, we should remember the brave acts and sacrifices that made this all possible,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said. “Let us keep in our hearts and minds American patriots and our veterans and members of our Armed Forces soldiers who have fought for us and continue to protect us today.”

Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

Officials remind residents that fireworks are illegal and dangerous. Monmouth County residents and visitors are reminded that consumer possession of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey and that fires started by fireworks put further strain on emergency services throughout Monmouth County.

“With the Independence Day holiday upon us, it is important to understand the risks of illegal fireworks,” Freeholder John P. Curley said. “Our professional and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders already have enough on their plates. Let’s help them remain focused by avoiding creating fires through the use of fireworks.”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a fireworks report which explores fire and injury dangers related to consumer fireworks. The report shows that in 2011, 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

“Residents should be staying clear of fireworks,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “Law enforcement will not tolerate the use of fireworks by consumers. Be safe and be smart: leave the fireworks displays to the trained professionals.”

Between June 25, 2013 and July 15, 2013 the Monmouth County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a total of 144 fireworks related complaints. The NFPA report shows that an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks in 2011. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

“Be safe and be smart: leave the fireworks displays to the trained professionals,” Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III said. “Let’s have a great July 4th holiday and enjoy the community fireworks celebrations that will be held in many Monmouth County towns.”

Below is a partial list of local professional fireworks displays and celebrations for everyone to enjoy this Fourth of July weekend:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Keansburg Fireworks Display (also on 7/4)
Fireworks begin at dusk, presented by Keansburg Amusements at the fishing pier in Keansburg
Call 732-495-1400 or visit www.keansburgamusementpark.com

Ocean Township Independence Day Fireworks (rain date: 7/5)
Gates open at 6 p.m. for Fourth of July celebration and fireworks (begins at dusk) at Joe Palaia Park, 240 Whalepond Road in Oakhurst
Call 732-531-5000 or visit www.oceantwp.org

Manasquan Fireworks (rain date: 7/5)
Fireworks begin after 7:30 p.m. concert on Main Street and First Avenue in Manasquan
Call 732-223-0544 or visit www.manasquan-nj.com

Union Beach Fireworks Display
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. on the beachfront in Union Beach
Call 732-264-2277 or visit www.unionbeach.net

Friday, July 4, 2014

Asbury Park Fireworks
Fireworks begin at dusk on the boardwalk in Asbury Park
Call 732-502-5749 or visit http://www.cityofasburypark.com/

Atlantic Highlands Fireworks Display
Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive in Atlantic Highlands
Call 732-291-2002 or visit www.ahnj.com

Keansburg Fireworks display (also on 7/3)
Fireworks begin at dusk, presented by Keansburg Amusements at the fishing pier in Keansburg
Call 732495-1400 or visit www.keansburgamusementpark.com

Freehold Concert and Fireworks (rain date: 7/6)
Fireworks begin at dusk, sponsored by Downtown Freehold at Freehold Raceway in Freehold
Call 732-333-0094 or visit www.downtownfreehold.com

Long Branch Oceanfest and Fireworks
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.
Vendors, bands, exhibits, food, and fireworks are all part of this annual celebration, held on the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch
Call 732-923-2044 or visit www.visitlongbranch.com

West Long Branch Fireworks Display
Fireworks begin at dusk at Franklin Lake in West Long Branch
Call 732-229-1756 or visit www.westlongbranch.org

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bradley Beach Fireworks on the Beach (rain date: 7/12)
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. on the boardwalk in Bradley Beach
Call 732-776-2999 or visit www.bradleybeachonline.com

Hazlet Fireworks Display (rain date: 7/6)
Fireworks begin at dusk at Veterans Memorial Park on Union Avenue in Hazlet
Call 732-739-0653 or visit www.hazlettwp.org

Matawan Borough’s Fireworks Spectacular (rain date: 7/6)
Fireworks begin at dusk. Music, food, ice cream, and a magnificent fireworks show will take place at the Lake Lefferts lakefront on Ravine Drive in Matawan
Call 732-566-3898 or visit www.matawanborough.com