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Viewing the Fourth of July Fireworks from Hoboken

Amateur fireworks explode over Hoboken, N.J., in front of the Empire State Building seen from Riverview Park in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 3, 2013 7:22:50 AM PDT
Tens of thousands of people are expected to head to Hoboken to view the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, which will take place over the Hudson River.

Below is information from the City of Hoboken regarding street closures, mass transit, security and other matters related to the Fourth of July celebration:

Traffic delays & mass transit
Based on prior years, residents and visitors who drive are advised to expect four hours or more of traffic and delays exiting Hoboken after the fireworks and at least two hour delays to exit municipal parking garages. In addition to delays, the gridlock can create a situation where public safety vehicles cannot effectively respond to emergencies, so the City strongly urges visitors to take mass transit. Options include the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, or NJ Transit commuter rail or bus. For additional travel information, visit: www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here. Visitors looking for parking will be directed to municipal garages B (28 2nd St) and D (215 Hudson St).

Heightened security
As in years past, there will be heightened security, with numerous checkpoints staffed by law enforcement personnel along the entire waterfront area. Checkpoint entrances will be located at: 1st St & Sinatra Dr, 2nd St & Sinatra Dr, 3rd St & Sinatra Dr, 4th St & River St, 11th St & Sinatra Dr, 12th St & Shipyard Ln, 14th St and Shipyard Ln. The stairway from the Babbio Center to the waterfront will be closed. Any person entering these designated checkpoints will be prohibited from entering with the following items: backpacks, fireworks, coolers, glass bottles, cans, grills & barbeque materials, propane tanks, weapons, tents, alcohol, and other items not in the interest of public safety. Only factory sealed beverages will be permitted, excluding alcohol. All items are subject to inspection prior to entry into the checkpoint areas.

Vendors
Only Hoboken-licensed vendors will be permitted beyond checkpoints. The vendor entrance is at 4th St. and River St. and vendors are subject to screening.

Street closures
The following streets will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between 8 am and midnight on July 4th:

  • Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St.
  • River St. from Hudson Place (PATH) to 4th St., (limited access to residents and parking patrons only)
  • 5th St. & Castle Point Terrace
  • Hudson Place

    Due to the closure of Hudson Place, the west side of Hudson Street from Hudson Place to Observer Highway will be the designated taxi area.

    Parking restrictions
    No parking will be permitted on the following streets between 8am and midnight on July 4th in order to provide safe access for emergency response vehicles:

  • Sinatra Dr. from 1st St. to 15th St.
  • 4th St. from River St. to Clinton St. (on the south side of the street)
  • Willow Ave. from 11th St. to 4th St. (on the west side of the street)
  • Hudson Place (by the PATH)
  • Newark Street from Hudson St. to Sinatra Dr.
  • Clinton St. from 7th St. to 8th St.
  • Hudson St. from 14th St. to Observer Hwy. (on the west side of the street)

    Disabled guests
    The fishing pier located at approximately 9th St. and Sinatra Dr. will be open for disabled guests. Each may be accompanied by two additional guests.

    First aid stations
    The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps will have first aid stations at Pier A Park, Sinatra Park, 8th St. and Sinatra Dr., 12th St. and Sinatra Dr., and 14th St. and Sinatra Dr.


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