Rapper Flo Rida will headline at Jersey City’s Fourth of July celebration. Shaquille O’Neal aka DJ Diesel and Funk Flex will each DJ their own sets prior to Flo Rida taking the stage.

Flo Rida has sold over 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists.

According to a press release from the office of Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City’s Independence Day celebration has become a premier daylong event and has grown into one of the largest July 4th festivals in the region, drawing crowds of 150,000 people from all over the tristate area.

Said Mayor Fulop “We have taken the opportunity to deliver a free day of fun for families that may not have the means to pay for these types of events.”

In recent years, Jersey City’s July fourth festivals have attracted crowds of nearly 150,000 people, with such musical acts as the Village People (2016), Jersey City’s own Kool and the Gang (2017), Snoop Dogg (2018), Pitbull (2019), and local native Akon (2018 & 2019).

Following the music performances, fireworks will illuminate the Jersey City sky with the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Jersey City’s fireworks – conducted by Guinness World Record holder, Fireworks by Grucci – will be launching from two barges located in the middle of the Hudson River with a large viewing area this year.

Spectators can watch the fireworks show along the Hudson River Walkway, from the north field at Liberty State Park, and most overlook areas in The Heights.

Fireworks by Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated fireworks company that has developed a prominent reputation, having performed at eight U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, Olympic Games, World’s Fairs, and earning the Guinness World Record for “largest fireworks display” ever recorded.

While there are no longer limits for outdoor gatherings, officials are asking residents and visitors to watch the fireworks along the waterfront while maintaining all safety protocols necessary.

For more information on the event, transportation, directions, and what to bring, people are asked to visit  Officials are encouraging anyone attending the event to arrive by foot, bike, or public transportation, as parking will be extremely limited.

Roads surrounding Montgomery Street will be closed for the duration of the event.  Bike JC will also host a free bicycle valet at Exchange Place.

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