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Fireworks, Music, Kids’ Fun Headline Bayonne Independence Celebration

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BAYONNE, NJ – Bayonne will be a venue of vivid sights, sounds and activities on Wednesday, July 6, when the city celebrates Independence Day at DiDomenico-16th Street Park.

The park is located between Avenue A and Newark Bay, and the event will take place weather permitting.

Activities will begin with free children’s inflatable rides open from 6:30 p.m. They can be used until 8:30 p.m.

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Then a concert by the Marty Hoff Big Band will take place at 7 p.m. at the municipal amphitheater, near Newark Bay.

Following that, Garden State Fireworks will present a show beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. and lasting about 30 minutes.

Garden State technicians will launch the pyrotechnics from a field near Newark Bay, so for safety reasons, there will be buffer zones in both the park and the bay.

No unauthorized people will be allowed inside the zone. No pleasure craft in Newark Bay will be permitted within 500 feet of the launch site, per the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service to the park. It will pick up passengers at East 24th Street and Church Lane, a location near two parking lots: No. 6 (behind Archie’s Cab) and No. 7 (behind Valley National Bank). Shuttle service will begin at 6 p.m., and will drop off passengers at the park's lower level until 8:30 p.m.

Following the fireworks, at approximately 10 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers for the return to East 24th Street. Shuttles will continue to run until approximately 11 p.m.

To provide space for the shuttle, there will be no parking permitted in a designated bus area from 6 to 11 p.m. Signs will be posted.

The park’s boat ramp will be closed for the day. The ramp’s parking lot will be available for public parking until it reaches capacity. Once full, parking on the lower level of the park will be closed to the public. The main parking area on the lower level will be closed to the public beginning at 7 a.m. on July 6.

No parking will be allowed by the firing range on the upper level of the park. On West 16th Street between Avenue A and the park, no parking will be allowed on either side of the street after 6 p.m. No parking signs will be posted.

The DiDomenico Municipal Pool will follow regular operating hours on July 6, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The basketball courts on the park’s lower level will close at 2 p.m.

The park’s regular bathrooms will be closed for the event. Portable toilets will be available, with both regular and handicap facilities provided.

If it rains, the fireworks, concert and entertainment will be rescheduled for Thursday, July 7. The same times and procedures announced for July 6 would apply.

In the event of inclement weather, call (201) 471-7590 after 4 p.m. or visit bayonnerec.com or the city of Bayonne’s Facebook page to check on the status of the fireworks and concert.

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