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NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Your Guide to New Jersey Labor Day Weekend Events - Parades, Fireworks, Concerts, Festivals and other weekend events

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, falls on September 7, 2020 this year.

Created as a labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Over the years this holiday has evolved from a being a labor union celebration into a celebration of the unofficial end of summer, especially for families with kids.

Labor Day is often regarded simply as a day of rest and or end of summer celebrations that include picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before kids begin the new school year,

State of NJ

COVID-19 executive orders in effect apply to large outdoor public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks, and are limited to 500 persons.
Indoor public gatherings are limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 25 persons, whichever number is lower.  Restaurants are open for outdoor dining only.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, September 4 to Monday, September 7, 2020
St. Bartholomew Church
2032 Westfield Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
The festival honors San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy. This family feast features nightly live music, rides, games, and Italian food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. A procession will be held following the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass which is celebrated in Italian. This year's entertainment includes: the Classic Acoustic/Electric Music sounds of Wolf Creek, The Jersey Four,The Broadcasters, and Jimmy and the Parrots.

The Feast of Saint Joseph - Viva San Giuseppe
Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7, 2020
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
Lodi, NJ
This family event features traditional Italian foods, rides for all ages, and games of chance! Enjoy entertainment every night of the Feast! The highlight of the Feast is on Labor Day at 2PM where there is a solemn mass followed by a procession honoring Saint Joseph.

Liberty Science Center Re-Opens Labor Day Weekend
September 5, 6, 7, 2020
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
They will reopen with digital tickets and limited capacity. Guests are asked to purchase tickets online in order to reduce wait times and increase physical distancing. Tickets will go on sale closer to the reopening. Guests age 2 and over must wear masks. All of their staff members will be wearing them, too. They will have fun new programming designed with your health and safety in mind. While some experiences, like the Touch Tunnel and Infinity Climber, will be temporarily closed, Their team has created lots of new programs and modified exhibitions to reduce contact. Stay tuned for the exciting updates!
For the safety of everyone, they will also be doing body temperature checks. If you register above 100.3°F, your party will have to return another time. Increased daily disinfecting and sanitizing protocols will be in place for the entire facility. There will be special attention paid to highly trafficked areas and high-touch surfaces throughout the building and its exhibits. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the building. The Labor Day Weekend fun continues on September 6 and 7. Afterward, we will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Clark Celebration with Fireworks
Saturday, September 6, 2020; @9:15 p.m.(Rain date September 7 5th)
Arthur L. Johnson High School
365 Westfield Ave
Clark, NJ
Fireworks @dusk
This event, originally scheduled for July 4th has been postponed to September 6th.

Clifton Food Truck and Music Festival
Sunday, September 6, 2020; 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Clifton City Hall Complex
900 Clifton Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013
Admission: $5, Kids under 10 - free
Free Parking
This family event features a variety of delicious food trucks, a beer garden, great live entertainment, vendors, art show and sale, and a chidren's craft station.
Bring blankets and chairs. Pop up tents permitted

Filipino American Festival
Sunday, September 6, 2020; 12pm — 8:00pm
Overpeck Park
199 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 076661
This event features all things Filipino with Filipino foods, vendors, a cultural show fashion show, entertainment, beverages, arts, bubble tea and more.

American Labor Museum Parade
September 6, 2020
83 Norwood Street
Haledon, NJ 07508
Step off is at 1:30pm. The march is scheduled to begin and end at the Botto House in Haledon. All participants are required to wear face coverings.

Central NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Spring Lake Labor Day end of Summer Celebration & Art Walk
Saturday, August 29, 2020; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Spring Lake, Third Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Stroll along the charming Spring Lake village 3rd Avenue business district while enjoying and admiring local artists work.

Beachwood Holiday Fireworks Celebration
Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Shelter Cove
Toms River, NJ
This annual celebration, normally held on July 4th, due to Covid-19 this yearhas been postponed to Labor Day weekend
Fireworks at dusk

South Plainfield Labor Day Fireworks
Saturday September 5, 2020; Fireworks at Dusk
Spring Lake Park
South Plainfield, NJ
908 803-1573
The annual Labor Day Parade and celebration has been canceled, except the evenings Fireworks display at dusk is still planned to occur.

Frenchtown Riverfest
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Bridge Street and Sunbeam Park
Frenchtown, NJ
This family celebration in downtown Frenchtown featuresa street fair celebration of life along the river! Stroll Bridge Street and Sunbeam Park for a fun filled day of live music, art, food, family friendly activities, and paper boat races with the Frenchtown Vikings, all with an ecologically and sustainability focused lens. Honor the mighty Delaware and join in festivities truly unique to Frenchtown.

West Long Branch Fireworks Celebration
September 7, 2020
Franklin Lake Park
132 NJ-36
West Long Branch, NJ
This event, originally scheduled for July 4th has been postponed to Septermber 7th.
Families can bring their blankets and find that perfect spot to watch the spectacle, A concert will begin the night at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the fireworks at 9 p.m.

Southern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach in Wildwood
September 4th, 2020: at 10pm (Rain date is Sunday at 9 p.m)
On the Rio Grande Avenue beach
Wildwood, NJ
 (609) 523-1602
This weekly event previously canceled up until now because of the pandemic, has now returned.
Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score that is played all along the Boardwalk and is simulcast on 98.7 The Coast.

Airfest 2020

September 5, 6, 2020; 10 AM – 4 PM
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 886-8787
Facebook Page
Cost: Adults = $14, Kids 4-12 $10, 2 and under Free. AirFest admission is FREE if you are a Member of Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
This annual event features on Saturday, The Classic Jet Aircraft Association flying in, landing and doing a meet and greet. Additionally at least one formation flight around the Jersey Cape will be performed.
On Saturday & Sunday, there will be Live Entertainment by Animal House Band from 12-4pm - Exhibitors and Vendors - Food and Drink - More info to follow **Weather Permitting (Museum is open rain or shine however arrival of Jet Aircraft is weather dependent.)

LBI's Annual Chowderfest
Saturday, September 5 until Sunday, October 4, 2020; Rain or Shine)
Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue
(across from Schooner's Wharf and Bay Village)
Beach Haven, NJ
Chowderfest Weekend has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome the fall.
However, this year due to restrictions currently in place, the Chowderfest will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers. There will be a lot of events this year including a Chowderfest Play list for in home or on route listening, Ecommerce Chowderwear store, restaurants serving up dine and take home options as well as an online voting component, Chowder Virtual Run, social media and pop up surprises.
By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows attendees to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of restricted space and submitting their vote when they are sure of their choice. Starting September 5, patrons can begin purchasing Chowder cups, pints and quarts to taste so they can even create a "Chowderfest at Your House" event with online voting beginning Labor Day Weekend. Each voter can register for free and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet. The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4.

North Wildwood Concert Under the Stars - BeatleMania
Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Lou Booth Amphitheater
2nd & Ocean Avenues
North Wildwood, NJ
The entertainment is live The featured performance is BeatleMania
The venue has benches to sit on so there is no need to bring beach chairs or folding chairs. We suggest you bring a hoodie or a blanket as it does get a tad chilly at night as the amphitheater is next to the beach.

West Cape May Tomato Festival
Saturday, September 6, 2020 (Rain date is Sunday, September 7, 2020); 9am - 5pm
Wilbraham Park
West Cape May
Cost: Free
This family event celebrates everyone's favorite fruit of summer and there are plenty of them on hand to sample- from tomato pies to empanadas. Don't forget your souvenir t-shirt!

2020 NJ Labor Day Weekend Ticketed Concerts & Stage Shows