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Fourth of July street fair, celebration goes on despite scattered showers in Jersey City

A street fair was held Tuesday morning ahead of the annual fireworks show at night. The fair featured tons of vendors, music and food.

Matt Trapani and Ali Reid

Jul 4, 2023, 4:22 PM

Updated 351 days ago

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Rainy weather didn't slow down Independence Day celebrations in Jersey City on Tuesday.
A street fair was held Tuesday morning ahead of the annual fireworks show at night. The fair featured tons of vendors, music and food.
Jamrock Jerk food truck says there's one thing that keeps them coming back.
“The amazing people of Jersey – just the ability to come out and feed them,” says Magnus McKellar, of Jamrock Jerk.
Many of the guests said that the day was about celebrating America in a place that is incredibly unique and diverse.
“People spend their whole life hoping to get this view and we have it every day, so it’s a beautiful thing to open the streets,” says Alysis Vazquez, founder of Midnight Market.
Jerone Commissaris is celebrating his first Fourth of July after moving to the United States three months ago.
“In America what you guys still have is this pride in your country, which is why you have flags - red, white and blue - so I just love that you celebrate your heritage and Americanism,” Commissaris says.
About 70,000 people were expected to attend the festival in Jersey City on Tuesday. It is an event that takes months to plan – with security on top of mind.
“The main thing - everyone is having a good time and is safe. In today’s world you have to make sure you can deal with anything - including weather,” says Greg Kierce, director of Homeland Security for Jersey City.
Officials say that a number of roads around the city will be closed due to the fireworks. Residents and visitors are reminded to expect heavy traffic.


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