HOBOKEN - Let Freedom "Ring-A-Ding-Ding!!!" That's what the City of Hoboken says, as they announce that Frank Sinatra Drive will become an "Open Street" over the holiday weekend, restricting traffic and making way for pedestrians.

"Glad to share that this weekend, we’re bringing back open streets on Sinatra Drive between Newark and 11th Streets," said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "We continue to prioritize healthy, socially distant outdoor activities with more room for residents to bike, jog, walk and more. It has been great to see so many residents responsibly use our open and slow streets the last few months."

The "Open Streets" program has been rolling out citywide over the past few months, in an effort to increase the amount of space available for recreation while still mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Masks are required for those utilizing the open streets, and congregating is prohibited.

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On Saturday, July 4th "Open Streets" will be implemented from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. for Sinatra Drive between Newark & 11th Streets, Sinatra Drive North between 10th & 12th Streets, Hudson Street between 11th & 14th Streets, and 14th Street between Hudson Street & Sinatra Drive North.

On Sunday, July 5th, Sinatra Drive between Newark & 11th Streets, and Sinatra Drive North between 10th &12th Streets will be "open streets" from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

The "Open Streets" initiative along the city's scenic waterfront comes as the Mayor expresses concerns over potential July 4th gatherings.

"As residents prepare for the 4th of July weekend and the rest of the summer, I ask everyone to please exercise caution about gathering with groups of people and limiting travel, especially to hot spots, when possible," said Bhalla in a statement earlier this week. "In other states, such as California, reports have indicated that gatherings during Memorial Day Weekend among friends and family with relaxed social distancing contributed to additional cases of COVID-19 and higher hospitalization rates."

With world-renowned views of Manhattan and Hudson River, Hudson County is often a destination for those looking to take in fireworks displays over New York City and Jersey City. This year, those displays have been suspended to avoid overcrowding in locations like Sinatra Drive.

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