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Fireworks Near Me: Cranford’s 4th Of July 2020

Cranford’s 4th Of July Fireworks: 2020 Guide – Cranford, NJ – Patch has your complete guide to Fourth of July fireworks shows, parades and other festive events in and around Cranford.
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Some may have to restrict their July 4 festivities to family, but here's the low-down on what's happening locally.
Some may have to restrict their July 4 festivities to family, but here’s the low-down on what’s happening locally. (Shutterstock)

CRANFORD, NJ — July 4 is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to find out what Fourth of July fireworks and festivities are going on near you this Independence Day. We gathered up the fireworks shows, parades, fun runs, and festivals happening around Cranford, so you can start planning now.

The holiday may be celebrated differently this year, so be sure to check guidance regarding the use of masks and social distancing before attending.

Here’s what’s in store this July 4 in Cranford:

What: Although Cranford’s July 4 fireworks have been canceled, the Cranford Jaycees Firecracker 4 Miler, Fun Run, and Open Run on July 4 will be held virtually this year.

When: A live stream on TV35 and Facebook will commence at 8:15 a.m. with runner interviews, a live yoga warmup class provided by Alluem Yoga, and the singing of our national anthem. At 9 a.m., the traditional starting cannon will fire, officially kicking off the race.

Where: Virtually via TV35 and Facebook.

To see this event listed on Cranford’s calendar, click here.

Here are some other local events and updates:

  • Fireworks slated to take place at Union County parks from July 2-4 have been canceled, including Cranford, Plainfield, Rahway, and Springfield.
  • Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks are taking place on July 4 as usual, and will be shown on NBC. The store chain hasn’t announced whether they will remain in the East River like the last few years, but check the links for updates.
  • The State Fair Meadowlands, which normally has fireworks on July 4, is now running instead from July 23 through Aug. 9. When they update their schedule it will be here.
  • Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced on June 1 that the Essex County Summer Music Concert Series and Fireworks displays were cancelled. Essex County traditionally hosted three Fireworks Spectaculars in Branch Brook in Newark, Weequahic Park in Newark, and Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair.
  • In his May 21 newsletter, Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee said, “No July 4th fireworks in 2020: Because public safety is our number one priority, we are cancelling this year’s 4th of July celebration.”
  • Recently, the Millburn-Short Hills Fourth of July Committee said on their webpage, “The Millburn-Short Hills Fourth of July Committee is sad to announce that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no fireworks this year.”

Due to the pandemic and resulting policy changes (such as the firework policy) announced by Gov. Phil Murphy, counties or cities may adjust or cancel events at the last minute. Check your event before you go. Know of other events in the area? Post them on the Patch calendar for your town, or share details on our free Neighbor Post feature.

Check out this roundup of everything from barbecue essentials to patriotic table decor to be sure your July 4 is the best in the USA.

Got a news tip or just want to reach out? Email caren.lissner@patch.com. To keep up with Summit and statewide announcements, sign up for free Patch breaking news alerts and daily newsletters.

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