New Jersey is a great place to take in some FREE or low-cost family activities.
We love sharing with families fun things to do in NJ especially when it comes to events in New Jersey. If you are looking for things to do in New Jersey today or in the days ahead, just take a look at our Calendar of New Jersey events.
Click on any New Jersey event listing below for more information on local events that we think your family will enjoy. Our New Jersey Calendar of Events also includes things to do this weekend by including weekend events in New Jersey.
Events are sometimes cancelled or postponed, before heading out please double check with the event organizer for current times and additional information. We do our best to provide the most relevant and timely information to our readers.
Events are posted on Jersey Family Fun with information from various sources; as well as submissions from local businesses. Please note all events are subject to change without notice. Jersey Family Fun is not liable for errors, omissions, or changes to calendar event listings.
For more specific information on any event please contact the event organizer directly. Jersey Family Fun does not put on these events, we only help with the promotion of them.
Don’t you want families to know about your events in NJ? For information on having your event listed and advertised on the Jersey Family Fun Calendar of New Jersey Events, please visit our event submission directions.
Want a listing of this week’s events and this weekend’s events delivered to your mailbox each week? Visit HERE to sign up for our Jersey Family Fun Events newsletter.
- This event has passed.
Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Celebration in Jersey City
August 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will fete the nation’s most famous bear on Saturday, Aug. 10, with a daylong celebration to teach children and remind the public of the many ways they can help prevent wildfires, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.
This year marks the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, whose motto “Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires,” resonates strongly in New Jersey. The Forest Fire Service has a day of family oriented celebratory activities planned, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Hudson County. A parking fee of $7 per carload will be charged. Children’s activities are free.
“New Jersey is recognized as a global leader on many fronts, including wildfire prevention,” Commissioner McCabe said. “As our Forest Fire Service works year round to keep our communities safe, it also is important for the public to recognize their role in helping to prevent wildfires. Celebrating Smokey Bear and his message is a great way for the public to work with us and be good stewards in protecting our environment.”
Smokey Bear will arrive by helicopter to join his celebration, which will feature marching bands, a disc jockey, petting zoo and multiple bounce houses for children, and various fire apparatus such as fire trucks, plows and more. His official birthday is Friday, Aug. 9.
“The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has a great day planned for the public and I encourage everyone to come out and have a fun day,” Parks and Forestry Director Olivia Glenn said. “Children can do age-appropriate activities that simulate the training process of our wildland firefighters, interact with Smokey and enjoy a scavenger hunt in one of the state’s most beautiful and scenic parks.”
Some indoor activities will be offered at the Central Railroad Terminal Building at the park, including a display of vintage Smokey Bear posters. In addition, Smokey Bear public service announcements dating from the 1950s will play in a theater at the terminal building, as well as the Forest Fire Service’s video entry for the nationwide “Smokey Bear Challenge,” in which states have challenged one another to come up with the best promotion of Smokey Bear’s milestone birthday. Look for an assist in New Jersey’s video from the Statue of Liberty, which is part of the stunning views from Liberty State Park.
Some activities will move to the terminal in case of inclement weather.
“Nearly all wildfires are caused by people, through accidents, carelessness, negligence and even arson,” said Forest Fire Service Chief Gregory S. McLaughlin. “This event is an opportunity to combine education and a fun day outdoors to help the public appreciate that a wildfire can happen in moments, putting lives and homes at risk, while also teaching children the importance of fire safety.”
Smokey Bear and his catchphrase is the longest-running public service campaign in U.S. history. Created in 1944, Smokey Bear has educated generations of Americans about their role in preventing fires. The campaign is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council.
Smokey Bear’s public awareness campaign has evolved over 75 years to focus on the prevention of forest fires to prevention of wildfires, due in part to significant outbreaks of wildfires in natural areas other than forests. The current message also clarifies the difference between prevention of unwanted and unplanned outdoor fires versus prescribed burns, which are intentionally set by firefighters to burn away materials that could accelerate a wildfire.
Wildfires can have a great impact in New Jersey where many people live in or near forests, grasslands and other natural areas. Accordingly, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service works to prevent wildfires year-round through public outreach and education efforts, maintenance of fire breaks and prescribed burning.
For more information about Smokey Bear and the “Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires” campaign, visit www.smokeybear.com.
To participate in an ongoing Smokey Bear 75th Anniversary GeoTour (GT92), visit www.geocaching.com/blog/2019/07/happy-birthday-and-happy-geotour-smokey-bear/.
To learn more about wildfires in New Jersey, steps to protect property and other resources, visit www.njwildfire.org.
For more information about Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Celebration in Jersey City, please contact the event organizer as listed above. Jersey Family Fun is not the organizer of this event. We are sharing news of this event as a community service to our readers.