4th of July in Hoboken

Hoboken: July 4th Fireworks Madhouse

Are you all ready for your Independence Day celebrations?

If you live in Hoboken, great! You’re no more than a 10-minute walk to the waterfront to check out the 2013 Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular.

Macy’s Fireworks: Hoboken Visitors Guide

But if you don’t live in Hoboken, and were thinking about checking it out – here’s a handy checklist of helpful tips:

  • Hoboken is already a horrific city to visit by car. With draconian parking laws (you can only visit for four hours – then they’ll ticket and boot your car), traffic bottlenecks getting in and out of town, poorly synced traffic lights, kidney-jarring potholes and more. Best bet is to find a local NJ fireworks show closer to where you live. It’s just not worth the hassle to come here.
  • If you do visit, and insist on driving,
    • Get here early. Many hours early. Park in the first garage you can find. (Note that they jack up prices on July 4th.)
    • Avoid street parking – and by all means do not park illegally. The city loves robbing visitors. Do you want to give them the satisfaction?
    • Stay late (past midnight). Go hang out at a bar. It takes about two hours for the citywide traffic jam to subside. Remember, don’t drink & drive!
    • If you do not follow the above, you will undoubtedly suffer to one degree or another.
  • Download this informative Hoboken Map. It has parking garage locations, and street names in case you’re easily confused.
  • Mass transit is probably your best bet.
  • Other riverfront areas are also an option, such as Jersey City, Weehawken or North Bergen – but you’ll encounter bad traffic there as well.

In the end, if you love the Macy’s Fireworks – and absolutely have to see the show – then you must already know what you’re getting into and hopefully will plan accordingly.

But if you’re the type of person who hates traffic, lays on your horn and hollers out the window – please visit another city besides Hoboken. People live here, you know?

Macy’s Fireworks from Hoboken in a nutshell

For those sensible enough to not clog Hoboken, or like walking to their own beat – here’s what Hoboken looks like during the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular:

Either way – enjoy your long weekend!

9 Responses

  1. Mavrande says:

    It’s gonna be warm out there, guys. Low 90s in the afternoon and potentially well into the evening, depending on which forecast you believe. If you’re going early to save a spot, bring water and stay hydrated.

  2. screen name says:

    What was going on with restricted access to Pier C?

    • hoboken411 says:

      I believe it was at capacity and they just allowed handicap afterward…

    • AMcGuire says:

      Apparently it was only for the disabled. I was there, set up camp at 4:30 to hang out and was booted two hours later. There were no signs or anything. I completely understand setting aside space for those who have mobility problems but I wish they wouldn’t have let people hang out there in the first place only to scramble to find another place to sit after the waterfront was already a zoo.[quote comment=”216340″]What was going on with restricted access to Pier C?[/quote]

  3. john14 says:

    Walking around Hoboken this morning, it became apparent what a mockery this whole celebration of so-called independence and freedom now is. An obvious police state with regulations (no this, no that), huge government presence and herd control. All for bread and circus like entertainment to keep you distracted. Does anyone understand what is going on around them?

    • kooky kat says:

      Oh, I don’t know? Maybe a little thing called The Boston Marathon, and a BOMB? It’s annoying but I think it’s necessary they just want to make sure people are safe. [quote comment=”221127″]Walking around Hoboken this morning, it became apparent what a mockery this whole celebration of so-called independence and freedom now is. An obvious police state with regulations (no this, no that), huge government presence and herd control. All for bread and circus like entertainment to keep you distracted. Does anyone understand what is going on around them?[/quote]

  4. Snip119 says:

    Last night we watched the fireworks from the 14th Street pier area – we were right in front of Turning Point. After the show was over, most people dispersed, but some were waiting for the crowds to thin out. There were several groups of people (mostly senior citizens from what I could see) sitting in their lawn chairs, by the railings, not in anyone’s way, quietly talking and taking pictures. About 10:10, this cop comes walking by, and breaks everyone up and tells everyone no one can stay. Why? Isn’t this a public street? No one was drunk, or noisy, no loud music (unlike the throng on Pier 13). Since when can’t people sit on the waterfront and enjoy a quiet summer evening?

    • homeworld says:

      Because we live in a police state. [quote comment=”221132″]Last night we watched the fireworks from the 14th Street pier area – we were right in front of Turning Point. After the show was over, most people dispersed, but some were waiting for the crowds to thin out. There were several groups of people (mostly senior citizens from what I could see) sitting in their lawn chairs, by the railings, not in anyone’s way, quietly talking and taking pictures. About 10:10, this cop comes walking by, and breaks everyone up and tells everyone no one can stay. Why? Isn’t this a public street? No one was drunk, or noisy, no loud music (unlike the throng on Pier 13). Since when can’t people sit on the waterfront and enjoy a quiet summer evening?[/quote]

  5. KTaylorTV says:

    If you missed the fireworks… here are the highlights from Hoboken http://youtu.be/fUPsJOHw-rA

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