Jersey City to put on first ever waterfront Fourth of July festival, fireworks

The newest fireworks show over the Hudson River this holiday will have a patriotic backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. (7/1/14)

JERSEY CITY - The Jersey City waterfront will be lit up with what's being described by some as New Jersey's biggest fireworks show this July Fourth.

The newest fireworks show over the Hudson River this holiday will have a patriotic backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea says they are expecting as many as 150,000 visitors at Liberty State Park. "We believe we're going to take the place of what New York used to do on the West Side and provide a fireworks show for all the people in Jersey and New York who live on the Hudson River," he says.

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New York City moved its fireworks to the East River this year, taking away New Jersey's front row seat. That's when Jersey City and corporate sponsors stepped in to put on fireworks for the New Jersey side.

The park will also host a festival starting at noon on Friday, followed by a free concert and the fireworks.

Tropical Storm Arthur is the only possible hitch, which would threaten the event if it brings lightning or other severe weather. 

Visitors are urged to take public transportation or walk to the park if they live close by.

Drivers leaving the park are being told to expect to sit in traffic as long as two hours.

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