CEDAR GROVE, NJ - While many communities in Essex County and across northern New Jersey have decided to forego fireworks displays this year, Cedar Grove's annual event will proceed at the start of the upcoming holiday weekend.

The township has moved its annual fireworks display from July 2 to July 3 and will now allow people to gather at Panther Park to watch on Friday evening.  

The township announced the change on Facebook, noting that Governor Phil Murphy's orders will allow for outdoor gatherings of 500 people starting July 3. Before Murphy had specified that date, Panther Park was going to be closed, with residents encouraged to instead view the display from their cars or homes.  

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There will be a maximum of 500 people allowed on the field and grass areas of Panther Park, with 6 feet of social distancing still required. Masks are recommended. The fireworks will also be live-streamed on the Cedar Grove Recreation Facebook page. The rain date is July 10.

Friday, July 3

Panther Park lot will open at 7 p.m.


*Bathroom facilities will be closed.
*NO FOOD or camping chairs will be allowed on turf field.
*Other parking lots in town such as CVS and St. Catherine’s have a good view as well, but you must get permission to park at those facilities on your own.
*The fireworks display will also be live-streamed on the Cedar Grove Recreation Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cedargroverec