Kool & the Gang to headline 4th of July celebration in Jersey City

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Jersey City natives Kool & the Gang will headline the city’s 4th of July celebration, which is expected to draw a crowd of over 150,000. Kool & the Gang

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival will be hosted at Liberty State Park on Tuesday, July 4th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This year’s Fourth of July family-friendly festival’s location has moved to the center of the park, in the Green Ring, to better accommodate the more than 150,000 expected attendees.

“Four years ago we made a pledge to bring back the Jersey City fireworks and festival and make it bigger and better than it had ever been,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“And each year since, we have grown the event, drawing more attractions, larger acts and bigger crowds. We couldn’t be prouder and more excited to welcome Jersey City’s own, Kool & The Gang, to headline the concert this year that will be enjoyed by over 150,000 people in one of the most patriotic settings to celebrate our country’s independence.”

Kool & the Gang will headline the event, taking the stage at dusk and performing an ensemble of their classic songs before a fireworks display.

Additionally, children can enjoy 12 different carnival rides, bounce houses, a kite show, among several other activities. Families can also watch and dance to 14 different performers taking the carnival stage throughout the day and night.

Adults 21 and over can also sip beer and sangria in the South House Beer Garden, now bigger to accommodate growing crowds. Furthermore, over 20 food trucks will be serving a variety of patriotic plates.

This annual event was started four years ago after New York City’s fireworks display was moved to the East River.

For more information on the event, transportation, what to bring, and more visit www.FreedomAndFireworks.com or the city’s social media pages and website: jerseycitynj.gov.