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  • 10 Ways (i.e. Parks and Bars) to Watch the Fireworks from Hoboken + Other Important July 4th {2012} Info

    So…you’re staying in town (or coming to town) for the 4th of July, and you’re probably wondering what to do.

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    Well, obviously, you can watch the fireworks on the Hudson River.  So here are some fantastic viewing options:

    10 Places (i.e. Parks and Bars) to Watch the Fireworks from Hoboken:

    1. Shipyard Pier Beautiful views of the city, especially the Empire State Building. You can walk out along the pier and watch the yachts, too! Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of Tim Tebow. Rumor is that the rumor was true…he actually does live in Hoboken.

    2. Maxwell Place Park Close to the Maxwell Place building, and amazing views. I’d say prime location, so you should definitely get there early. Here’s a pic I snapped from my friend’s apartment (see below) in 2010… it gets super crowded as you can see.

    3. Pier A: This is a packed area (probably the most well-known), and it’s near the PATH and very popular. Lots of bars around there too, including Wicked Wolf, Trinity Bar, 3Forty Grill, etc – see #6.

    4. Elysian Park: This spot is above the usual areas to watch the fireworks…but a bit off the beaten path. It’s up higher, (and also part of the best parks of Hoboken according to HobokenGirl) so there are better views and less people most likely.

    5. The W Hotel: Get a hotel room – the views are amazing! …or just hang out in the hotel lobby. They have yummy drinks. And a nice window-walled front bar.

    6. 3 Forty Grill: Located at 340 Sinatra Drive, 3 Forty Grill is a great restaurant with some fantastic views of the fireworks (right on the water)!

    7. The Shannon: Now the Shannon doesn’t actually have a VIEW of the fireworks, however, if it is thunderstorming and way too hot – this is the perfect place to be. It’s always a fun place to hang. They’re putting the fireworks on the big screen TV and turning up the volume to make you feel like you’re right in the thick of it… with air condition

    8. Liberty Bar & Grille: This is another great restaurant/bar to hang out at and watch the fireworks. You can see them right from the bar (usually they have open doors/windows)

    9. City BistroRooftop bar…wassup! They have $3 Corona Lights and Coronas all night on the 4th. Plus, you can see the fireworks from the top on the roof. Love it.

    10. Pier 13 Beer GardenAs seen on, the Pier 13  Beer Garden will be opening on July 4th! Wooohoo!! It’s a $10 cover from 12pm-3pm and from 3-9 it’s $20. This new venue will be open regularly after the 4th of July.


    Another option: You may have some fancy schmancy friends who live in some of the high rises along the water, like the Hudson T, Maxwell Place, or 333 River Street. That’s probably your best bet. If you do go, make sure to show your gratitude and make these delicious champagne jello shots to toast to America’s Birthday.

    See my example, watching from a friend’s apartment, here:

    My friend’s Fancy Schmancy Maxwell Place Apt View

    Now here’s your Weather Forecast for Wednesday:

    Logistics Information from’s Website:

    The City of Hoboken is expecting to host tens of thousands of guests to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks which will take place over the Hudson River this year.

    Based on prior years, residents and visitors who drive are advised to expect four hours or more of traffic and delays exiting Hoboken after the fireworks and at least two hour delays to exit municipal parking garages. In addition to delays, the gridlock can create a situation where public safety vehicles cannot effectively respond to emergencies, so the City strongly urges visitors to take mass transit. Options include the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, or NJ Transit commuter rail or bus.

    For additional information, visit: Visitors looking for parking will be directed to municipal garages B (28 2nd St) and D (215 Hudson St).

    Visitors are advised that no alcohol, open cooking or barbeques are permitted. Pier C Park will be open only for disabled guests. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:20 pm and last approximately a half hour.

    Due to the closure of Hudson Place, the west side of Hudson Street from Hudson Place to Observer Highway will be the designated taxi area.

    The following streets will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between 8 am and midnight on July 4th:

    Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St.
    • River St. from Hudson Place (PATH) to 4th St., however between 1st St. and 3rd St, River St will be open for limited access to residents and parking patrons only.

    Additionally, no parking will be permitted on the following streets between 8am and midnight on July 4th:

    Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St (no parking as of July 3rd at 8 am)
    • 4th St. from River to Clinton (on the south side of the street)
    • Willow Ave. from 11th St. to 4th St. (on the west side of the street)
    • Hudson Place (by the PATH)
    • Newark Street from Hudson St. to Sinatra Dr.
    • Clinton St. from 7th St. to 8th St.
    • Hudson St. from 14th St. to 2nd St (on the west side of the street)
    • Hudson St from 2nd St. to Observer (both sides)

    At 9:00pm, only westbound traffic will be permitted on the 14th Street Viaduct.

    The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps will have first aid stations at Pier A Park, Sinatra Park, 8th St. and Sinatra Dr., 12th St. and Sinatra Dr., and 14th St. and Sinatra Dr.

    Stevens Announcement: July 4th Campus Closure

    The Stevens Institute of Technology campus will be closed to the general public on July 4th from 4pm until midnight.

    Due to our current summer weekday programs and the number of guests who will be housed on campus during this period, the campus will be filled to capacity.

    Hoboken residents are advised to make alternative plans to view the fireworks from one of the many other Hoboken viewing areas along the waterfront.


    What will you be up to for the 4th?

    Regardless of what you do, have fun, be safe, drink responsibly, and enjoy your time off!

    *3 Forty Grill is now closed. 

    *Trinity is now closed. 

    Written by:

    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


    • Hi,

      Thanks for the article.
      I plan on watching the fireworks from maxwell place park. What time do you think the park gets crowded? and are the streets closed in that area.



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