June 20th marks the first day of summer. It’s also the summer solstice and there’s many ways to celebrate the longest day of the year in Jersey City.
In Sweden, it’s tradition to eat your way through the entire day of the summer solstice. This sounds like one tradition that won’t be a problem as a Jersey City resident. Maybe some of you even took the day off! We recommend heading over to the Grove Street farmers market and picking up some fresh fish, veggies and potatoes. They also have a great selection on organic chicken and beef. A lot of their meats come pre-seasoned or stuffed which makes it easier for you after work. They do all the hard work and you simply bake or pan sear.
Another idea is to stop at the farmers market with a picnic basket/cooler and head to one of Jersey City’s parks. Liberty State Park and Newport Green Park are our two favorites. Liberty State Park has over 20 grills and a large picnic area. The park offers views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline. It stays open until 10 so don’t forget to pack a dessert! Newport Green Park is right on the Hudson River and actually has its own beach area. There’s Adirondack chairs set up with umbrellas and you’re allowed to bring food. If you’re into photography, we suggest bringing your cameras as the area is beautifully landscaped.