The celebration returns: people crowd the streets of Jersey City to enjoy the 4th of July festivities
The celebration began in Jersey City early in the day, where the July 4th festivities were taking place.
Thousands of people from the tri-state area at the Jersey City Night Market, where they enjoyed the food and entertainment until tonight’s fireworks display on the Hudson River. After nearly a year and a half of Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event is another sign of a return to normal for residents of Hudson County.
“The people of Jersey City have worked incredibly hard to get back to this place, in terms of efforts to vaccinate, test and adhere to Covid-19 rules over the past year,” the mayor of Jersey said City Steven Fulop. “We are certainly not done with the pandemic, but we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, and I think today bears witness to that. “
The crowd, who were mostly maskless, were delighted to be able to return to their usual July 4th playground.
“It’s great to be outside, just to take advantage of people. It just feels human again and reminds me not to take anything for granted, ”said Christina Albronda, 46, from East Rutherford.
“To see everyone come together as a community and have a good time after such a tragic year is incredible,” said Marie Thurston, a resident of Jersey City.
This year’s event focused on the city’s roots and the hard workers of Jersey City and the surrounding areas.
The city hired an event planning group called Midnight Market, which is run by two Jersey City residents. The goal was to ensure the city could continue to give back and provide opportunities to businesses that have struggled throughout Covid-19.
“We have really tried to partner this year with more suppliers and local organizers to involve the community,” said Fulop. “We’re really excited to be able to involve more local businesses to make them money and hopefully get them back on their feet.”
The vendors were equally delighted to be back in the field serving the community.
“It’s amazing to come back and be able to feed people again. We’re all excited to release our special Chef Pedro empanadas, ”said Jose Moriera of Empanadapapa.
Hervey Leon from MozzArepas shared a similar response.
“It’s just great to see all the people going out and celebrating together. It’s a beautiful day with great food and it’s going to be a great time here in Jersey City on July 4th.
The festivities will continue until the fireworks start around 9 p.m. this evening.