Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to celebrate the Fourth of July with three spectacular fireworks displays and exciting concerts by Fillet of Soul in Essex County Weequahic Park on Thursday, June 29th, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Friday, June 30th and Jersey Sound in Essex County Brookdale Park on Monday, July 3rd.

“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have an outstanding line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” DiVincenzo said. “An evening in the parks with some of the area’s most talented musicians and our Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganzas are the perfect shows for Independence Day. Come out and celebrate your Fourth of July with us,” he added.

Fillet of Soul and Fireworks Display

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The 10-member band originally was formed in the late 1960s by friends at Hackensack High School. Filet of Soul won musical performance competitions, toured the British Isles and Scotland, and recorded the hit songs “Swinging on a Love Vine” and “Don’t Touch the Sun.” After the band split, members joined other musical groups and continued to perform. However, a reunion of Fillet of Soul always was a possibility, and the group reunited in 2010. Fillet of Soul and the Fireworks Display will be held as follows:

Date:              Thursday, June 29, 2017

Time:             7:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Weequahic Park

                                                Meeker Avenue

                                                Newark, NJ


The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks Display

Pack your gear and come along on a “Road Trip Across the USA” – NJ Symphony Orchestra-style. Travel with the NJSPO, led by Conductor Sameer Patel, through the heartland with John Williams’ moving score to “Lincoln,” to the Wild West and Copland’s iconic “Rodeo,” and all the way to the Magic Kingdom with favorite music from “Beauty and the Beast.” This memorable musical trip will be fun for the whole family. After the concert, a fireworks show will light up the night sky for a brilliant cap to a lovely night. In case of rain, the concert will be relocated the Cathedral Basilica in Newark and the fireworks will be rescheduled at a later date. The NJSO and Fireworks Display will be held as follows:


Date:               Friday, June 30, 2017

Time:              7:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Branch Brook Park

                                                Heller Parkway

                                                The Great Lawn

                                                Newark, NJ


Jersey Sound and Fireworks Display

Jersey Sound is one of the Tri-State area's premier oldies band, known for its versatility and talented members. The band puts its own spin on the music industry by giving the audience a combination of music genres creating delectable sounds the ear can only imagine. They offer an eclectic blend of classic Oldies, Classic Rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop. With the very best vocalists and a killer rhythm section holding it all together, the "Jersey Sound" experience is one the audience will never forget. Jersey Sound and the Fireworks Display will be held as follows:


Date:               Monday, July 3, 2017

Time:              7:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County Brookdale Park

                                                Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ

Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ


The SummerMusic Concert Series is being sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and TD Bank. The series is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to their needs. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973‑268-3500.