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June 2018

Take in the Sun and Fun at the Fanwood Summer Fan Jam!

Will the sequel be as crowd-pleasing of a summer kick-off as the original event in 2017?

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Last year, thousands of people from across the Garden State came out to the inaugural Fan Jam festival in Fanwood, NJ. It was a full day of summer fun in NJ that ensured a repeat performance was going to be in the works. And judging by the previous overwhelming turnout, we doubt the Fanwood Summer Fan Jam 2018 will be the last!

Kick off the Summer at Fan Jam on Sunday, July 8th at La Grande Park in Fanwood. Some of the hallmarks of the initial Fanwood Fan Jam are returning this year. A classic car show opens up the event at 10:00 AM, which is subsequently followed by an expanded six-band lineup on the main stage. Whether you wish to rock out to the classics with The Alan Grant Band or get down with the funky beats of the Groove Gangstas, there promises to be a genre of music that will set your music-loving soul a flight. Headlining this year’s event is the Tri-State area’s premier U2 tribute band, Unforgettable Fire.

Some of the other returning favorites are the multitude of local and regional vendors and exhibitors, over a dozen food trucks, and two separate fun zones for both children and adults. For the younger set, take part in the obstacle course in the kid zone. For the young at heart, we’re sure that one of the highlights of your Fan Jam experience will be taking in the libations at the beer and wine garden.

For the perfect complement to your summer kick-off, book a room with us at The Wilshire Grand. Less than 20 miles away and whether providing a comfortable starting point or a relaxing haven to return to, The Wilshire Grand NJ will ensure your family fun is festively fabulous!


One Day is Not Enough to Contain the July 4th Celebrations in NJ!

New Jersey may be the third state of America, but our July 4th celebrations take the gold!

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Forget a bronze medal: the July 4th celebrations in NJ deserve the gold! This year, the midweek July 4th celebrations can make this annual birthday a headache instead of a holiday. But the patriotic summer fun in NJ is not contained to the Wednesday date alone.

Starting on Thursday, June 28th and continuing through the end of Saturday night, join in and celebrate the 4th of July in NJ a little early in Montville Township. Complete with over 20 incredible rides, a multitude of entertainment and activities for the entire family and, of course, a stellar firework show, it will be hard for you to believe that the Montville Township 4th of July Celebrations have ended in the month of June.

Turn the page on your calendar as the summer fun in NJ continues its patriotic theme at the Maplewood July 4th Celebrations! Starting on Tuesday, July 3rd, this two-day extravaganza is full of events from a 5K Run, the Zerbini Family Circus, Bike Races, Live Entertainment, and so much more. The preceding fun-filled events all lead up to the largest pyrotechnic display ever launched from Memorial Park on Wednesday night, concluding this July 4th Celebration in NJ with a big bang!

Yet on July 4th in NJ, there are many places to catch a spectacular light show. From the State Fair at the Meadowlands to the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival, there is no bad place to celebrate the 4th of July in NJ. But there is one perfect ending to America’s 242nd birthday party – book a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ! No matter where you choose to celebrate, let the luxury of The Wilshire Grand’s well-appointed accommodations be the best birthday present ever, for you and the Red, White and Blue!


Celebrate 18 Days of Spectacular Summer Fun at the Meadowlands State Fair!

Visit the Meadowlands this summer for the iconic New Jersey event that is fun for all and all for fun!

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When you think of summer fun in NJ, thoughts may drift to the swampy northern area of our state so lovingly known as the Meadowlands NJ. For there is only one true summer tradition that embodies the heart and soul of our state: attending the Meadowlands State Fair. Can you think of a more quintessential American pastime than having a handful of cotton candy, while taking in the views of the pig races from the top of the Ferris Wheel? And the Meadowlands State Fair 2018 promises to be just as loud, boisterous, and wonderful as ever!

The Meadowlands State Fair only comes once a year. But for 18 glorious days, from June 21 – July 8, over 400,000 people will visit the Meadowlands to take part in this event that offers more than 150 rides and attractions on top of a vast lineup of free entertainment. From hypnotists to high divers, to petting zoos, and live bands galore – summer fun in NJ never seemed so sweet. And speaking of sweets, have we forgotten to mention one of the major reasons the Meadowlands State Fair always draws in the crowds? Food never tasted so sweet than when deep fried and served on a stick. We know the Meadowlands State Fair 2018 will offer up even more over-the-top carnival eats for you to break out the stretchy pants for.

Start making your plans to visit the Meadowlands for some summer fun in NJ. After all of the fried Oreos are consumed, we are sure you will need a place to nap and rejuvenate for your next swing on the midway rides! Well, the Wilshire Grand NJ has got you covered! Less than 20 miles away, at The Wilshire Grand, unwind in style as you relax in the luxurious comfort of our accommodations.


Unleash Your Inner Party Animal at Brew at the Zoo!

Pour on the fun and take a walk on the wild side at the Brew at the Zoo VI!

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Normally, a trip to Turtle Back Zoo is a fun-filled outing for the whole family. Yet at the annual adults-only Brew at the Zoo, slated for Saturday, June 30, the only children to be found are of the wild variety – both the animals of the zoo and your unleashed inner child. who’s ready to take a walk on the wild side! This year, Brew at the Zoo at Turtle Back Zoo will commemorate the park’s 55th birthday and only those with a valid ID are invited to the party. The Brew at the Zoo VI is three full hours (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) of live entertainment, delicious delicacies from a myriad of local food vendors, and a selection of over 100 craft brews to whet your palate.

Food truck and beer festivals may be all the rage, but Brew at the Zoo NJ brings beers and beasts together for a truly one-of-a-kind event. Round up your drinking buddies and enjoy slinging back the suds with your new animal pals. You may think that you are the king party animal, but at Brew at the Zoo NJ 2018, you will soon discover the true royalty are the majestic creatures you have the pleasure of drinking alongside. Alligators, Otters, Penguins, even the world’s largest rodent in the Capybara are all along for your walk on the wild side.

After a full night of animal antics and a bevy of brews, you’ll need a comfortable place to crash. Soak up the afterglow at the Wilshire Grand NJ and allow yourself a chance to relax and your inner party animal to become caged once more. Located only a few miles away from the Turtle Back Zoo, Wilshire Grand has the ideal comfortable accommodations to refresh and rejuvenate as the wild wears away.