Go Forth With These Plans For The Fourth

Staying close to home over the holiday weekend? These Bergen-based to-dos are way more fun than sitting in Jersey Shore holiday traffic.
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It feels like it was just Memorial Day, but somehow, the calendar says it’s July 4th weekend. It’s not a bad idea to plan to stay local to avoid the crowded Shore beaches and the traffic, because there are plenty of things going on in our area that will entertain the whole family during the three-day (and possibly four-day, if you’re lucky) weekend.

Of course, there are many towns hosting July 4th fireworks in Bergen County. But here are a few other nearby activities to consider over the next few days, depending on what type of Independence Day experience you’re looking for:

If you want to keep it low-key…
Book a fun family-friendly one-off activity like the Parent & Child Workshop at Board & Brush in Ramsey, this dance class at JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly or the Valley Forge performance at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, to name a few.

If you want to take a day trip…
If you don’t mind spending money on gas or tolls (it’s expensive these days!), pack up your crew for a few hours outside the county. Head over the bridge to enjoy the Coney Island fireworks display at Luna Park, check out the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut or venture up north to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow to enjoy a delicious meal and some old-world charm.

If you want to go for a swim…
In addition to the handful of Bergen County town pools that provide access to non-residents, you can take a dip at the lakes at Darlington County Park in Mahwah, which offer tons of swimming activities including the Wibit Splash Zone water obstacle course. Kids will also enjoy the Dreamworks Water Park at American Dream in East Rutherford, a themed indoor water park with water slides, a wave pool and more.

If you want to be outdoorsy…
…it’s not too late to book a camping trip! Check out these New Jersey camp sites that have availability on July 4th. If you want to stay closer to home, book a reservation at Beaver Pond Campground at Harriman State Park about a half-hour north in the Palisades. Bonus: You can prep for your adventure with one-stop-shopping for necessities at REI in Paramus, Campmor in Paramus or Ramsey Outdoor in Ramsey.

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