Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne has finalized plans to celebrate American Independence on Wednesday, July 6, on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m., weather permitting. The park is located between Avenue A and Newark Bay. 

            The Marty Hoff Big Band will begin the festivities with a concert at 7:00 p.m. The band will play at the municipal amphitheater, which is located at the southwestern corner of the lower level of the park, near Newark Bay. 

            The City will offer free children’s inflatable rides from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  They will be stationed in the old amphitheater, which is located at the southeastern corner of the park’s lower level. 

            Garden State Fireworks will present a show beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.  The fireworks will run for about thirty minutes.  The Garden State technicians will launch the pyrotechnics on land around field number three near Newark Bay.  For safety reasons, there will be a buffer zone in both the park and the bay.  No unauthorized people will be allowed inside the buffer zone.  No pleasure craft in Newark Bay will be permitted within a perimeter of at least 500 ft. from the launch site, as per the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Fire Department will have a boat in the bay during the show.

            The Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service on Wednesday, July 6, picking 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 National Bank). Please note that this is a new location for the shuttle bus to the fireworks and concert.  Last year’s location could not be used, due to ongoing construction. 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.  Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned to East 24th Street and Church Lane, by approximately 11:00 p.m. In order to provide space for the shuttle, there will be no parking permitted in a designated bus area from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Signs will be posted in the designated no parking area.

            The Boat Ramp on the lower level of the park will be closed to boats for the entire day.  The Boat Ramp parking lot will be available for public parking until it reaches capacity.  After that lot is full, parking on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public.  The main parking area on the lower level of the park will be closed to the general public after 7:00 a.m. on the morning of July 6. 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.  No parking 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 6, 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, the fireworks, concert, and entertainment would be rescheduled for Thursday, July 7. The same times and procedures announced for July 6 would apply to July 7, if the rain date needed to be used. In the event of inclement weather, please call 201-471-7590 after 4:00 p.m., or visit, or view the City of Bayonne’s Facebook page to check on the status of the fireworks and concert.