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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.


K CON 2018: The Korean Youth Culture Fandom Event Returns!

K Con 2018 is ready to bring all things “Hallyu” back to New Jersey!

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The inaugural event may have just taken place six years ago, but the upcoming celebration of popular Korean-culture at the Prudential Center is set to turn the “Hallyu”, or Korean Wave, into a tsunami! Now in its seventh year, K CON 2018 USA will continue its trademark of being part convention, part musical festival, all the while being fully dedicated to celebrating the best of Korean entertainment, cuisine, fashion and a myriad of other cultural entities. Last year, K CON NY was attended by more than 43,000 fans, and it is expected that the number will only continue to grow this year.  

KCON 2018 NY will return to Newark’s Prudential Center for the fourth consecutive year on June 23-24, 2018. Activities and different expositions, with a focus on Korean beauty, will be held throughout the two-day event. From food tastings and product demonstrations to panels and meet-and-greets, there will be fun-filled events for everyone, from the biggest “Hallyu stans” to the KPop neophytes who are still rocking out to “Gangnam Style”! When night falls, this convention turns into a concert event not to be missed, with many popular Korean acts still being added to the final line-up.

So, are you all ready to rock your biggest “eye smile” when K Con 2018 at Prudential descends upon the East Coast? The Wilshire Grand is conveniently located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, and is the perfect home base to unwind, relax and bask in the afterglow of your personal Hallyu experience. Whether traveling from afar or just a few miles down the road, we invite you to come spend the night with us, ensuring that your KCON experience is comfortable and stress-free. The Korean Wave is almost here, and The Wilshire Grand NJ is ready to ride it out with you! 


Come See a Show at SOPAC This Summer

This summer, we recommend you come see a show at SOPAC. They put on some of the best productions you’ll ever experience.

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Shows You Should See This Summer at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to go out with friends and enjoy some entertainment! Here are just a few of the shows you need to see at SOPAC this summer:

Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz

Are you ready to witness the best tap dancer who has ever lived? Then you need to see Savion Glover, who is celebrating 33 years as a tap dancer and choreographer. The show will be on May 19, 2018 at 8 PM and is a Director’s Pick.

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir

If you’re interested in Performing Arts in NJ, you need to check out Broadway Show Choir. They perform full song-and-dance routines from acclaimed shows on Broadway, including Newsies, Hairspray, and Rent. The performance will be on June 30, 2018 at 8 PM.

Gallery Exhibit: INSPIRED MINDS

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is proud to present Inspired Minds. This exhibit is a celebration of young artists in the area who are incredibly talented. The exhibit runs through August 17, 2018.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Welcomes You and Your Entourage

Will you be able to come to South Orange and enjoy some of these incredible Performing Arts showcases? If so, we welcome you to stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. At the Wilshire Grand, you will have a comfortable place to call home during your time here. You can even bring your pets! We offer incredible amenities, including free WiFi and a complimentary breakfast for you and your family.

All of us here at the Wilshire Grand NJ hope to see you soon!


Learn About NJ's History – Tour Historic Morristown

Are you ready to learn about NJ's history? Tour historic Morristown for an authentic East coast experience you won't forget.

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Historic Morristown Tours Make for an Interesting Weekend.

Morris County is one of New Jersey's best kept historical secrets. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some historic Morristown tours: walk in the founding father's footsteps past landmarks and amazing colonial architecture.

Discover Morristown: People and Places allows you to stroll with author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika as her book essentially comes alive. Bonnie-Lynn will put names to faces of crucial landmarks and explain their cornerstone history.

With Discover Victorian Morristown, local expert Karen Ann Kurlander will walk you through the historical district with incredible buildings dating from 1850 to 1910. You'll also learn about the Victorian-era's social customs and "painted lady" houses.

Discover Colonial Morristown is a similar walking tour led by Alexander Hamilton expert: Pat Sanftner. This exciting tour takes you past key sites of the Revolutionary War.

Head over to the museum at Morristown National Historical Park for the Presidents and First Ladies special presentation. Patrons will browse interesting documents and collections from the Revolutionary War era.

Get Ready to Tour Morristown and Learn About NJ History with Wilshire Grand NJ

If you're planning a trip to New Jersey, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel – we're just a short drive from Morristown in West Orange. We offer excellent dining options and plenty of special packages to fit your travel needs.


Enjoy the Spring Art Walk in Montclair Center

Warm weather is here, it's time to get out of the house and take a stroll through the Montclair Spring Art Walk.

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What's Happening at the Montclair Spring Art Walk 2018?

Over 50 local merchants will participate in the Art Walk this year. This bi-annual event will feature live music, food, art, fashion, shopping, and plenty of culture with community involvement.

A wide variety of museums, galleries, photographers, and studios will participate in the Spring Art Walk in Montclair this year. Artists include 73 Pine See Gallery, Portraits by Michael Stahl, and Studio Montclair.

The Montclair Spring Art Walk 2018 will also showcase some niche vendors the town has to offer. Just Kidding Around is a unique toy store with interesting finds that both adults and children will love. {verdigreen} is a home décor shop set on redefining the industry with chalk paint.

Humans and animals can take advantage of the beauty and wellness booths. Lukas and Berube Healthy Pet Markets will be at the Montclair Art Walk. A few local salons are also on the roster including Pure Energy Hair Salon and Parlor Hair Salon.

Don't forget to fuel up for the walk. Vanillamore is an upbeat café with a serious passion for vanilla sweets.

Plan Your Visit with Wilshire Grand NJ

The Art Walk takes place on May 18th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the heart of downtown Montclair.

If you're visiting the Art Walk this year, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We're just a short drive from the event and very pet-friendly.


What's Happening Memorial Day Weekend in NJ and NYC?

If you plan to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in NJ/NYC, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy with your friends or family all weekend long. 

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Things to do Memorial Day Weekend in NJ/NYC

Woodland Park's Memorial Day Street Fair on McBride Avenue runs from 11 AM to 6 PM on Memorial Day. The warming temperatures make this holiday the ideal time to get out of the house for a block party with great food and live music. For the kids, there will be a petting zoo, sand art, pony rides, and many more fun activities.

If you plan to celebrate Memorial Day in NYC, there are a ton of great events taking place all over the city. Celebrate the end of Fleet Week with a tour of some of the U.S Navy ships that are docked in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn or join in on one of the many parties and celebrations happening all over New York. 

Don't let bad weather keep you in the house. Although the museums will be closed on Monday in honor of the holiday, you can still visit the Montclair Art Museum and Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.

How Wilshire Grand Can Help You Celebrate Memorial Day 2018 in NJ

If you're traveling in from out of town to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in NJ or NYC, consider staying with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Activities on Memorial Day weekend 2018 in NYC make the Manhattan area extremely congested, and our convenient location is a relaxing and luxurious alternative to hotels in the heart of the city.


Enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena

Summer is on its way. This weather is the perfect time to enjoy a New York Red Bulls Game at Red Bull Arena.

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Watch the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena

The arena in Harrison, New Jersey has 25,000 seats overlooking emerald green grass to enjoy a game day out of the house. The stadium is part of a larger two-phase development project in New Jersey's Riverbend District.

The 30 luxury skyboxes and 1,000 club seats are perfect for watching New York Red Bulls Games with optimal comfort and style.

There are plenty of concession options inside the arena. The Chipper offers tasty delights like chicken and waffles, garlic fries, mac and cheese, and pulled pork fries. Other grills and concession stands provide traditional favorites like jumbo hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza.

Inside the stadium, drinkers can enjoy Budweiser, Coors, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Flying Fish IPA, and several other specialty brews. A beer garden is located near the arena where fans can watch performances from the Freestyle Soccer Street Team and take part in many fun activities.

Everyone, two years of age and older, needs a ticket to enter the field and make sure to check the list of prohibited items before planning your visit.

Plan Game Day with The Wilshire Grand Hotel

If you'd like to check out a soccer match at the stadium, consider staying with us. The Wilshire Grand NJ is a short drive from the stadium and offers several special packages to help you make the most of your visit.


Plan a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother's Day is by planning a fun-filled staycation in New Jersey! 


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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 in NJ is easy with a local lineup of events that will make a staycation the best option for treating mom to a well-deserved day—or weekend—of fun and relaxation. When planning a Mother’s Day staycation in NJ, look for hotel specials that cater to mom.

Mother’s Day Events in NJ for the Active Mom

Does mom like to run, jump, and play? Then there’s an event for her Mother’s Day weekend in NJ. Join a 5K walk/run in Berkeley Heights Memorial Park or head to the Big Event Entertainment Experience for arcade games, bowling, and other activities to bring out the kid in her.

If delicious food is her jam, then Knob Hill Golf Club’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet with its professionally prepared cuisine has you covered or head to Sterling Gardens for a top-notch culinary experience amid the riot of flowers in bloom.

For creative moms, there’s cupcake classes and a “Tea and Paint” where she’ll be served delicious goodies while painting her own keepsake teacup.

Stay Close for Even More Mother’s Day Choices

The best way to enjoy a Mother’s Day Staycation in NJ is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering a Spoiled Mother package to pamper her with yoga, a movie, flowers, champagne and more. At the Wilshire Grand NJ, we know how to treat mom right!


It’s Hat in the Air Time—Graduation Events at the Prudential Center

This Year’s Graduation Events at the Prudential Center.

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It’s that time of year when the new class of graduating seniors are throwing their mortarboards in the sky and moving on to their next exciting phase of life. In New Jersey, one of the best places to have graduation events is at the Prudential Center.

Everyone from Rutgers and American Universities to William Paterson University and Essex County College has chosen the Prudential Center for their commencement ceremonies. This is likely because the venue is so convenient, with over 3,500 parking spaces within blocks of the arena and easy access from 10 local highways.

Better yet, the Center offers a 511 service, so you can check traffic from various routes to find the easiest, most convenient way to your student’s graduation.

Stay Close for Even More Convenience

The best way to enjoy your favorite senior’s college graduation experience is to stay close to the action. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is only 20 minutes from the Prudential Center, so there’s no rush getting ready.

After the big event, treat your graduate to deluxe accommodations and a delicious meal in the on-site Primavera Ristorante or one of the amazing restaurants nearby. If you choose to stay longer, we’ve got you covered. Our rooms feature everything you and your family need to relax and enjoy the moment.