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Outdoor recreational attractions in Somerset County and its immediate vicinity include:
The Watchung Mountains
The Sourland Mountains
Jersey Shore Beaches
 
Parks
Duke Island Park, Raritan
Leonard J. Buck Gardens, Far Hills
Lord Stirling Park, Bernards Township
North Branch Park/County Fairgrounds, Bridgewater
Warrenbrook Park, Warren Township
Colonial Park and Arboretum, Franklin Township
 
Amusement Parks
Mountain Creek, Vernon
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Wild West City, Netcong
Miniature Kingdom, Washington
Fairytale Forest, Oak Ridge
 
Museum and Other Exhibition Spaces
Waterloo Village, a recreation of an 18th century colonial town
New Jersey State Museum
Drew Photography Gallery, Madison
Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin
New Jersey Museum of Archaeology, Madison
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison
Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton
Nabisco World Headquarters Art Museum, East Hanover
USGA Golf House Museum and Library, Far Hills
Liberty Science Center and Omnimax Theater, Jersey City, NJ
 
Local Theaters
Crossroads Theater Company, New Brunswick
The Georges Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
The State Theater, New Brunswick
New Jersey Symphony, American Repertory Ballet, State Opera, Newark
Shakespeare Festival at Drew University, Madison
  Historical Sites
Washington Headquarters, Rock Hill
Wallace House/Old Dutch Parsonage, Somerville
Delaware and Raritan Canal Park, Somerset
General John Frellinghuysen House, Raritan
Waterloo Village, Morris Canal, Stanhope
 
Shopping
Designer Outlets/Liberty Village, Flemington
Bridgewater Commons, Macy's, Lord & Taylor's, Bloomingdale's, + 160   shops, Bridgewater
Woodbridge Center, JC Penny, Fortunoff, + 225 shops, Woodbridge
Menlo Park Mall, Macy's, Nordstrom, + 175 shops, Edison
The Mall at Short Hills, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, + 150   stores
 

July 4 th Celebrations:

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
Beginning at approximately 9 p.m., Macy's will have fireworks being released from 3 separate locations around the city. There will be a patriotic flyover at 8 p.m. courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. If you're not in the area, NBC will broadcast the fireworks live beginning at 9 p.m. EST.

East River in Midtown
Fireworks will be launched from the East River, just off 34th Street. The FDR will be closed from 14th-42nd beginning at 7 p.m. for viewing. Pedestrians can access the FDR from 23rd, 38th and 42nd streets. You can also view from areas in Western Queens and Brooklyn where you can see the East River.

South Street Seaport
FDR will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. from the ferry terminal to the Pearl Street ramp. The Pearl Street ramp will offer the only pedestrian access to the FDR. Downtown fireworks will be visible anywhere that offers unobstructed views of the sky south of the Brooklyn Bridge, particularly on the Brooklyn Promenade between Jermone and Cranberry Streets and on Furman between Atlantic and Cadman Plaza West.

Liberty State Park
Located in Jersey City, viewing is best from Liberty State Park . Consult their website for details and directions.

Roosevelt Island's July 4th Fireworks Festival 2006
For $18, view the fireworks from Roosevelt Island, in the East River. Entertainment, including music and face painting, will be available before the fireworks begin. Food, provided by Brother Jimmys BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, but glass bottles, large coolers and oversized backpacks are not permitted. Chairs will be provided for all ticket holders -- do not bring your own. More information and directions.

 
Somerset Region Events:

Skylands Region (Sussex, Somerset, Morris, Warren and Hunterdon counties):

July 4:

Bridgewater's annual Fourth of July Family Festival at North Branch Park begins at 5:00 pm with live music, children's activities, climbing wall, costumed characters, historical re-enactments, and fireworks at 9:30 pm, sponsored by Starbucks. For more information, call 908-722-1200 or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org .

July 4:
Celebrate the Fourth of July the way our ancestors did, with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at Ford Mansion in Morristown National Historic Park. For more information, call 973-539-2016 or visit www.nps.gov/morr .


July 4:
Washington Celebrates America in Washington Borough this holiday. Line up along Broad Street for the annual parade beginning at 3:00 pm then enjoy a carnival, orange derby and much more. Head to Warren County Community College by dusk for the fireworks. For more information, call 908-689-3600 or www.washingtonbid.org .

July 4:
Take part in an old-fashioned town celebration for the "Spirit of Americana" in North Warren. This 4th of July Festival at Footbridge Park features a fun day full of crafts, food, games and entertainment. For more information, call 570-476-0400.

New York City Events:
http://gonyc.about.com/od/holidays/a/fourthofjuly.htm

GENERAL TOURISM
http://www.doubletreesomerset.com/attractions/attractions.cfm

Best of NYC Highlights http://gonyc.about.com/od/bestofnewyorkcity/The_Best_of_New_York_City_Highlights_for_ New_York_City_Visitors.htm

 
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