Month: February 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey 2017

Guide to 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Jersey

2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey

It’s time to “Go Green”, again. No we’re not speaking about global warming or leaving a carbon footprint, we’re talking about the Greenest day of the year,  St. Patrick’s Day.  Now even though, technically, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th (a Friday this year, by the way), New Jersey tends to make a month long celebration of the holiday with parades and festivals.

2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey

But where to find them?

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Guide to 2017’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Jersey


2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey


Editor’s Note: Parades Ordered by Date and Time, Not Location



1. Hoboken, NJ: Saturday, March 4th, 2017

All Day (Pick any time)

Though, again, technically, Hoboken has not had a St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 2011 (Why? Let’s say, the parades got, uh, vivacious), the local watering holes still celebrate the day with exclusive deals and irish fare galore. This is one of the most popular “festivals” in the state, so be prepared for crowds and rambunctiousness.


2. Mount Holly, NJ: Saturday, March 4th, 2017

1:00pm

The only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Burlington county, beginning in Downtown Mount Holly. The parade is filled with all the Irish fare we’ve come to know, along with fun for the whole family, filled with bagpipe bands, Irish bands, step dancers, and other traditional Irish “craic”. Then enjoy the traditional after party at High Street grill, filled with the sound of Irish music playing on two stages all day, a great time.


3. Nutley, NJ: Saturday, March 4th, 2017

1:00 pm

This is more of a traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at 10:00 am with it’s beginning at Holy Family Church down Harrison Street to Franklin Avenue, and ending at Chestnut Street. The post-parade party takes place at the Franklin Steakhouse until 6pm. Almost makes you feel like riverdancing.


2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey


4. Belmar, NJ: Sunday, March 5th, 2017

12:30 pm

A great St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Just because there’s a crisp to the air, doesn’t mean the shore stops trucking. Beginning at the north end of Main Street in Lake Como at 12:30pm, this is a fun time for all. Though, it can tend to get a little roudy, most of the rowdiness tends to stay close to bars, closer to 16th Avenue and 10th Avenue, rather than the family friendly parade.

5. Wildwood, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

11:30 am

This parade, and festivities, are a blast. Starting with a ceremony in front of North Wildwood City Hall at 11:30am, followed by the parade, beginning there at 12 noon up Atlantic Avenue, towards Olde New Jersey Avenue. There are plenty of parts that get rawdie, so be prepared, but away from the bars and party tents, it’s all family fun.


6. Morristown, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

12:00 pm

With a variety of eateries, bars, pubs, and a green in the center of the city, this is one of the best parades in the state. The parade route is South Street to Atno Avenue and about 20 bands playing (not including bagpipers), and over 50,000 people in attendance, so be prepared for crowds, and a be prepared for it to spill over into bars and restaurants, so if crowds aren’t your scene, be prepared.



2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey


7. Hamilton, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

1:00pm

This parade is a town-wide tradition, starting at Nottingham Fire House, at 200 Mercer Street in Hamilton, this one is fun for the whole family and not to be missed.


8. Seaside Heights, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

12:00 pm

The Ocean county parade is a Jersey Shore Tradition! Starting at noon, the parade goes from J Street to Hancock Ave. along with all  the fun the shore has to offer. This is an amazing time as long as the sun is shining.


9. Elizabeth, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

1:00 pm

Parade begins at 1pm in Union east through Morris Avenue to a turn at Main Reviewing Stand and ends at Roosevelt Avenue. There are floats, music, and dancers, fun for the ENTIRE Family


2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey


10. Atlantic City, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

1:00pm

Traditional Parade goes the length of the Boardwalk to Albany Avenue, stopping, unofficially, at the Knife & Fork Inn.


11. Sea Isle City, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

3:30pm

Parades line up at 84th East Landis Avenue, and ends at Kix-McNutley’s on 63rd Street.


12. Farmingdale, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

11:00am

The most unique celebration on our list. It’s St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830’s! How cool is that? Relive St. Patrick’s Day back in the time of yesteryear. Reenacting of the life and times in the early 1800’s. The story line: “Mr. Allaire has given the Irish workers the day off which the rest of the workers do not take kindly too” Taking place from 11am-4pm at The Historic Village at Allaire: 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. And special chapel program at 1pm and 3pm. For More Information on this great event, click HERE.



St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey 2017


13. Philadelphia, PA: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

11:30am

Though, technically not a New Jersey parade, this one is so close and such a great one. Running from Broad street to Market Street, then going across Penn’s Landing. This, like all major metropolitan cities, tends to be pretty crowded, so avoid tolls and traffic by taking NJ Transit right to the heart of the action, especially if your entertaining adult fun.


14.Freehold, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

12:00pm

Great Family Fun! Lots of fun for kids to do and activities for the whole family. Starting at noon and running along Main Street in downtown Freehold. This is the Parade to bring the kids along!


15. West Orange, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

12:15 pm

Another traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the parade route begins at 12:15pm at the corners of Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue (at West  Orange Town Hall) and runs North on Main Street to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, on Eagle Rock Avenue.



St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey 2017


16. Asbury Park, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

1:00pm

Quickly becoming one of the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the State, it is definitely worth seeing. Starting promptly at 1:00pm at 5th and Ocean Ave, going south to Cookman Ave. These local bars and restaurants promote the event and are recently refinished and great venues to celebrate.


17. Rumson, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

1:00pm

This parade is celebrating its 5th year and going strong. Starting at 1pm at Victory Park and Allen Street and running up River Rd. then heading toward Carton Street. The parade is expected to end around 2:30pm.



18.  Woodbridge, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

1:30pm

Traditional parade, from Woodbridge High School to Woodbridge Town Hall. Full day of festivities in down town Woodbridge on Main Street including bars and restaurants



St. Patrick's Day in New Jersey 2017


19. Hackettstown, NJ: Sunday, March 12th 2017

3:30pm

Parade begins promptly at 3:30pm. This parade is unique, in that you can enter it yourself, and design your own unique float. Prizes are awarded to the top floats. Parade begins in front of Post Office 120 Grand Ave. Round right corner onto Main Street toward David’s Country Inn, bear right onto Mountain Ave., march down, end route at Union Cemetery. For more information on T-Shirts, parade info, and entering a float in the parade, click HERE


20. New York City: Friday, March 17th, 2017

11:00am

Now, again, not technically New Jersey, obviously, it is difficult to not include one of the greatest, oldest, and largest in the country. Starting at 11:00 am the parade runs along 5th Avenue and continues until around 5pm. Then the rest of the Irish fare ensues. NYC has no shortage of Irish pubs, which will be flooded with bagpipers, flags, Irish music, green beer, novelty hats, and green as the Emerald Isle itself. Again, if you wish to participate in  these extracurricular activities, I recommend taking the train, avoid all of the hoopla.


21. Newark, NJ: Friday, March 17th, 2017

1:00pm

The only St. Patrick’s Day parade to actually take place on St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey this year, this one is one of the state’s oldest. Starting at 1:00pm at the Prudential Center to Gateway center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, and Washington Park. There are plenty of eateries and bars along the way that are there to enjoy, especially since it takes place right in the middle of Irish Heritage week, all local places will be involved. Again, very easily accessible by public transportation, so leave your worries with your car.


St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey 2017


22. Newton, NJ (Sussex County): Saturday, March 18th, 2017

11:30am

Spring Street in Newton. The Lineup begins at 9am. This Parade is a traditional kind, fun for the whole family!


23. Robbinsville, NJ: Saturday, March 18th, 2017

1:00pm

With opening ceremonies beginning at 12:30pm (I recommend getting there at Noon) at the Foxmoor Shopping Center, Rt. 33 and Washington Blvd. The route goes north on Washington and makes a right onto North Street, then a right on Newtown Blvd., then another right onto Lake Drive East, and continuing past the gazebo area, then left onto Union Street, and proceed past the reviewing stand at Union and Burnet Walk. Fun for the whole family!


24. Highlands, NJ: Saturday, March 18th, 2017

2:00pm

The 15th Annual Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 2pm at Huddy Park and continues along Bay Avenue. Great fun for the whole family, with bagpipers, Irish dancers, festive music, floats, and marching bands. This parade has something for the whole family to enjoy.



St. Patrick's Day in New Jersey 2017


25. South Amboy, NJ: Sunday, March 19th, 2017

1:00pm

This is all the typical Irish fare you’ve come to expect, bagpipes, marching bands, dancers, with both civic and nonprofit organizers showing their support for the city and the parade. Also low key great little strip of bars and restaurants that keep the party going!


26. Bayonne, NJ: Sunday, March 19th, 2017

1:00pm

Starting promptly at 1pm on Broadway from 5th Street to 39th Street. The parade route will go up Broadway to 40th Street, then west on 40th to the reviewing stand, at the entrance to the Gregg-Bayonne County Park, between 40th and 41st Street on Avenue C. Local establishments make this one of the better parades in the state, a great time for both adults and children alike.


27. Keyport, NJ: Saturday, March 25th, 2017

1:00pm

Starting promptly at 1pm, and beginning at St. Joseph’s Church on Maple Place, going down West Front Street to Broad Street and ending at Fireman’s Park, this quaint parade is not to be missed.


St. Patrick's Day in New Jersey 2017


28. Ringwood, NJ: Saturday, March 25th, 2017

1:00pm

Starting promptly at 1pm and beginning at the Ringwood Plaza, going down Skyline Drive that up to 112 Erskine Road, always a lot of fun.



29. Waretown, NJ: Saturday, March 25th, 2017

7:30 PM

Irish Night with Country and Bluegrass Music Show. Doors open at 6:00pm and show beginning at 7:30pm at the Albert Music Hall. This Annual Irish celebration presents a variety of entertainment featuring the “Irish Greeter” with lucky “Gold coins” (chocolate), for EVERYONE! Live music and entertainment with Devrin Academy of Irish Dancers, The River Driver’s IRISH Band from Bristol, PA, The Church Street Revival Irish Band, and Martin Kavanaugh and the Hard Road Travelers “Irish” Band. This is a blast and plenty of Irish fare for all! Not to be Missed.




St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Jersey 2017


Do you think we missed any St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Jersey in 2017?

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Sometimes the most rewarding part of a job is being done. After the work day is done, it’s time to unwind. Some go to yoga, some go for a bike ride, and some meet up with friends and head to a bar. But why break the bank when you don’t have to. Don’t worry, we got you covered, here are the 10 Best Happy Hours in Central New Jersey.

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10.  10th Street Live

104 N. 10th Street, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey

This place is one of the best kept secrets in the area. This intimate bar, friendly staff, and incredible entertainment, is sure to entice all crowds. Unlike some of the bars on our list, the food here is impeccable (and included in the happy hour). #11thBestBarEver

Time: Monday through Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm

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9. The Dillinger Room

338 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey

Step into a bar of yesteryear. This speakeasy style saloon, that reflects the time of tommy guns, fedoras, and flapper girls, is sure to cure what ales ya. Located in the heart of hub city New Brunswick, this watering hole is not to be missed. With expert crafted cocktails, that marvel the eye as well as tastebuds.

Time: Monday through Saturday 4:00pm – 7:00 pm

The Deal: 

$5 Wines (House Red and Whites), $5 Well Drinks, $5 Local Jersey Drafts (best bang for your buck), $3 Tall Boy Cans (Budweiser, Miller Lite, PBR, Narraganaset), $7 Shaken Cocktails (Gimlet, Bee’s Knees, Goldrush, Sidecar, Daquiris), $7 Forward & Stirred Spirits (Manhattan, Old Fashion, Negroni, Sazerac, Vieux Carre)

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8. J.J. Bitting

33 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Top Ten Best Happy Hours in Central Jersey

If you want something done right, do it yourself. That’s what J.J. Bitting’s in Woodbridge has done. Brewing their own beer since 1997, this unique bar is sure to please. Located right near the Woodbridge train station, and in the heart of bustling downtown area of Woodbridge township, it is easily accessible by any means of transportation. It is worth the stop.

Time: Monday through Friday 3:00pm – 7:00pm 

The Deal:

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7. The Stagehouse

Two Locations:

366 Park Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

1719 Amwell Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873

Top Ten Best Happy Hours in Central Jersey

This rustic throwback to American fare is worth your time. The food and ambiance are both comforting and intriguing. It’s a traditional tavern but with energy. Live music and weekly events are common place for this pleasant venue. Worth the trip

Time: EVERYDAY 4:00pm – 6:00pm

The Deal:

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6. The Fox and the Hound

250 Menlo Park Drive, Edison, NJ 08837

Top Ten Best Happy Hours in Central Jersey

Burgers, flat-breads, Sports and American Fare. If you like the idea of the sports bar on steroids, this is the place for you. Surrounded by Televisions and a plethora of beer on tap, this place is a great bang for your buck.

Time: Monday through Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Deal:

$2.75 ALL draft berrs, $4 well drinks, and $5 wines

Every day this is a new deal and a new special, the best of them being $2 pint night on Tuesdays. ALL DRAFTS. It is quite the deal. For more information, click HERE


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5. Bahama Breeze

520 Woodbridge Drive, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Top Ten Best Happy Hours in Central Jersey

Relax… It’s Island time. Embrace the Island lifestyle, right in the center of New Jersey. This is a newer establishment, so everything is clean and ready to go for you. Like previous entries on this list, Bahama Breeze has great deals on not just drinks (and they are great deals), but also on their signature food.

Time: Monday through Friday 4:00pm – 6:00pm and Monday through Thursday 9:00pm – Close

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$2 14oz Draft Beers, $3 20oz Beers and Bottled Beer, $2 off wines, $3 Well Drinks, and $4 Specialty drinks (Specialty drink menu)

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4. Blue Moon

114 S Broadway, South Amboy, NJ 08879

Top Ten Best Happy Hours in Central Jersey

 This is a classic type of bar. Nothing too fancy, nothing too shabby. Blue Moon offers great deals, live music on Friday and Saturday, and a laid back atmosphere (and perhaps the longest happy hour on our list).

Time: 2pm – 6pm Monday through Friday

The Deal:

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3. Hailey’s Harp & Pub

400 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey

Who doesn’t love a good Irish Pub? Right in the heart of downtown Metuchen, the pub’s greatest attribute: Simplicity. Great food, great drinks and great company. Located half a block from the Metuchen Train Station and around the corner from the Metuchen Cab Stand, this quaint spot is the perfect place to enjoy all the “craic” an Irish pub has to offer, especially if you’re having more than one.

Time: 3pm – 7pm Monday through Thursday

The Deal:

A dollar off all drinks and some superb food. They have a large variety of craft beers and top shelf liquor, this place is worth hanging out after happy hour, with great bands, comedians, karaoke, shuffle board and Irish grub (great wings and the best potato leak soup in New Jersey).

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2. The Frog and The Peach

29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey

Get ready for fancy Happy Hour! This place is the best food Happy Hour could offer. The Frog and the Peach looks like a it doesn’t belong in the neighborhood it is in, but once you taste the food, you’ll know it not only belongs, but it’s a staple.  The food is American style and the bar menu is available for HALF PRICE during happy hour.

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:30pm Monday through Friday and 4:30 pm – 6:30pm on Sunday

The Deal:

All beers and house wines $5. But, more importantly, half priced meals (at the bar only). This is one of the most delicious restaurants in New Jersey and well worth the trip (try the Tamarind Glazed Pulled Duck Baguette, you will not be disappointed)

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Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey


1.  Clydz

55 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey

Step back into a world of the speak-easy. This classy martini bar looks like something right out of the Great Gatsby that serves up drinks stiff with a classic ambiance. This is probably the coolest and unique happy hour central Jersey has to offer. This charming place offers the best signature drinks, within the confines of it’s brick interior, fireplace and fish-tank behind the bar.

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday

The Deal:

Half Price Martini’s and Specialty drinks (about $7.50), they also offer rare appetizer deals for only $6, including alligator sausage, game meatballs, wild boar arancini, roast garlic humus, to name a few.

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Top Ten Happy Hours in Central Jersey


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Groundhog Results! Groundhog’s Day – February 2nd, 2017

Welp…. The results are in.

Did the groundhog see his shadow?

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According to Punxsutawney Phil…

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THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!!

He has definitely seen his shadow.

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Groundhog’s Day – February 2nd – Groundhog Facts

Groundhog's Day Facts

Well, it’s February 2nd, yet again. So you know what that means,

IT’S GROUNDHOG’S DAY!!!

Groundhog's Day Facts

Now most of us are familiar with certain elements of groundhog’s day, like Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck, that if they see their shadow it means six more weeks of winter, and it’s a pretty great Bill Murray movie.

But here are some other, less known facts you may not know about the Groundhog and his special day.

Groundhog's day Facts

  • The first Punxsutawney Phil began predicting on February 2nd, 1887. Though started earlier by Pennsylvania Germans much earlier in the 1800’s, the first official “shadow search” began in 1887 and hasn’t missed a year since.
  • Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of all the groundhogs, is correct about his weather predictions about 38% of the time, seeing his shadow (meaning 6 more weeks of winter) about 85% of the time.
  • Groundhogs are a member of the squirrel family (the largest of said family) and are known to climb and swim very well to avoid predators.
  • Groundhogs are known for borrowing deep into the ground in very elaborate tunnels, including a separate area to use as a bathroom… seriously.
  • Groundhogs are also referred to as woodchucks, whistlepigs, chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, and red monk.

Groundhog's day facts

  • There are a large number of groundhogs that predict the weather, aside from Punxsutawney Phil, there’s Staten Island Chuck, Pothole Pete in New York City,  and Warton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada.
  • The groundhog lives most of their life alone, socializing with other groundhogs only to mate, but still look out for one and other. They communicate in high pitched shrills to warn other groundhogs of impeding danger
  • Groundhogs are herbivores and survive by eating grass and plants.
  • During birth, they usually spawn around 6 offspring
  • Groundhogs are known to eat a great deal in the summer, fatten up, then hibernate all winter. Around mid October until early spring.

Those are just some fun facts about the Groundhog and the holiday.

Now let’s just pray he sees no shadow.

Groundhog's day facts

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