Bayonne Announces Independence Celebration For Wednesday, July 5th

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has announced that the Peninsula City’s Independence Day celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 5th with fireworks, children’s entertainment and a concert.

The festivities will take place at the lower level of DiDomenico – 16th Street Park, beginning at 6:30 pm, weather permitting.  In the event of rain, the celebration will be held on Sunday, July 9.

Among the children’s attractions will be free inflatable rides between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The rides will be located in the old amphitheater, which is at the southeastern corner of the park’s lower level.

There will be a concert by New Jersey-based, Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band Parkway Soul at 7:00 p.m.  They will play at the municipal amphitheater, which is located at the southwestern corner of the lower level of the park, near Newark Bay. 

A spectacular, 30-minute fireworks show is scheduled for approximately 9:15 p.m.

Residents are advised that chairs will not be provided for the fireworks and the concert on July 5, due to the expected size of the crowd.  Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs on July 5 and on future concert dates.  A limited number of chairs will be provided at later concerts this summer.

Mayor Davis says that food vendors will be located in the parking lot.

According to a statement from the city, during the fireworks “a buffer zone will be created in the park and the bay 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, as per the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Fire Department will have a boat in the bay during the show.”

Bayonne will be providing transportation to the park for the celebration.  According to the Mayor, the Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service for the event and will pick up passengers at East 24th Street and Church Lane. This location is near two parking lots: Parking Lot 6 (behind Archie’s Cab) and Parking Lot 7 (behind Valley Bank).

“Shuttle bus service will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will drop off passengers at the lower level parking lot alongside the tennis courts until 8:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers at the same area for the return trip to East 24th Street and Church Lane,” according to a city press release.

Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned to East 24th Street and Church Lane, by approximately 11:00 p.m.

To provide space for the shuttle, parking will not be allowed in a designated bus area between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Signs will be posted in the designated no parking area.

Additionally, the boat ramp on the lower level of the park will be closed to boats for the entire day and the boat ramp parking lot will be available for public parking.

The main parking area on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public after 7:00 a.m. No parking will be allowed by the firing range on the upper level of the park.

On West 16th Street, between Avenue A and the park, no parking will be allowed on either side of the street after 6:00 p.m. Signs will be posted. The signs will be removed around 10:00 p.m. as the event ends. Police will create a single lane for traffic on that portion of West 16th Street for crowd control purposes.

The DiDomenico Municipal Pool on the upper level of the park will follow regular operating hours on July 5, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The basketball courts on the lower level of the park will close at 2:00 p.m.

The park’s regular bathrooms will be closed for the event. Portable toilets will be available. Both regular and handicap facilities will be provided.

If it rains on July 5, and if conditions allow it, the fireworks, concert, and entertainment would be rescheduled for Sunday, July 9. The same times and procedures announced for July 5 would apply to July 9, if the rain date is needed.  If the rain date were to be utilized, the City of Bayonne would issue the appropriate announcements.  

In the event of inclement weather, please call 201-471-7590 after 4:00 p.m., or visit www.bayonnerec.com, or view the city’s Facebook page to check on the status of the fireworks and concert.