5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: June 29 - July 5

4th of July is right around the corner so head on out with the kids and celebrate, or maybe make some pasta instead 😉!


Randolph Freedom Festival

Friday, June 29 (6-11 pm)  & Saturday, June 30 (2 - 11 pm)

County College of Morris

Come celebrate an early Fourth of July in Randolph with the Freedom Festival. Rides, games, food, bands, crafts, food trucks and much more. There is a parade on Saturday, dj, and fireworks that evening.



New Jersey State Fair

Through July 8, 2018 - Various times


State Fair Meadowlands returns with more than 150 rides and attractions plus plenty of free entertainment on two stages. A death-defying high dive act returns by popular demand, as do the racing pigs. The fair, which features the largest Kiddieland in New Jersey as well as thrilling white-knuckle rides for older children and adults, will offer more than 50 food vendors, live animal shows, daring acrobats, magicians, a hypnotist, games, shopping and comfort stations for fairgoers.

State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York metro area, with more than 35 acres of fairgrounds. Dazzling fireworks shows will take place July 3 and 4 starting at 10:45pm

Please visit website for details on admission and parking.

State Fair hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.



Healthy Italia - Cooking with Kids

Saturday, June 30, 11 am - 1 pm

If you know a kid who loves to cook, join him/her in the kitchen to create an authentic Italian meal together while making memories. Cost includes one adult and one child age 5-16. Additional participants can be paid for separately.

Kids (5 to 16 years old)

You will enjoy:

  • Garden salad
  • Homemade spaghetti with tomato sauce (HANDS ON)
  • Fruit salad with whipped cream



Jack Horner's Dino Dig Grand Re-Opening

Starts Sunday, June 30th - July 8th

Liberty Science Center

Pint size paleontologists and their parents can visit the Liberty Science Center's special summer exhibit, Dino Dig. Through early September, the museum transforms its backyard into a dig site where kids can experience a paleontological expedition, working alongside the science center'’s Dino Dig Guide Team. The opening week includes dino races, pin the tail on the dinosaur and more.

Kids can sift through 35 tons of sand to uncover more than 60 fossils from T. Rex, Triceratops, Maiasaura and other species plus a dinosaur egg nest. The exhibit is designed to evoke the fossil-rich Hell Creek Formation in Montana.

This popular exhibit returns to the museum by popular request and is included, free of charge, with any Liberty Science Center admission ticket.



4th of July in Florham Park

Wednesday, July 4th, 9 am

The town's Independence Day parade steps off at 9:30am from Ridgedale Avenue and Brooklake Road. Cheer participants on then head to Borough Hall Lawn for a community-wide family picnic from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Special children's activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, obstacle course, water slides and more. Refreshments will be available for sale and live music will be provided in a Social Garden (must be 21 years or older to enter). The day caps off with fireworks at sunset.

Rain date July 5.