Free Outdoor Summer Movies Return to Jersey City and Hudson County Parks

This year’s list of free outdoor movies in Jersey City and Hudson County Parks looks pretty impressive. Screenings have already started at some locations and they run through October, with the final movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, being shown on October 13 at Hamilton Park. The majority of the movie titles are PG-13 and are family friendly. A few of the titles this year are geared towards an older crowd including Back to the Future, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, Ghost Busters: Answers the Call, He Named Me Malala, Hidden Figures, LaLa Land, Passengers, Singin’ in the Rain, Space Jam, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Residents have the volunteers at the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association and Van Vorst Park Association as well as Newport Jersey City Apartments, the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Hoboken, County of Hudson and the Jersey City and Hudson County Department of Parks to thank for organizing these wonderful annual outdoor events. As a general rule the films start at sundown, unless otherwise noted. In June and July sunset is usually between 8:30 and 9 pm; in August it’s closer to 8 pm. It’s a good idea to arrive early to get a prime spot and to bring your favorite snacks, bug spray, a flash light, chairs and blankets. See you at the movies!

2017 Movies in the Park Schedule

June 28: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find, Newport Green, 14th Street and River Drive South, 7 pm

June 28: He Named Me Malala, Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery Street, 8:30 pm

June 28: Singin’ in the Rain, Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Dr., Hoboken, 9 pm

June 29: Secret Life of Pets, Bayside Park, 1 Bayside Park Drive

July 5: The Jungle Book, Stephen R. Greg Park, Baseball Field at 43rd Street and Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne

July 7: The BFG, West Hudson Park, Soccer Field between Woodland Avenue and Davis Street, Kearny (cancelled due to rain)

July 10: Angry Birds, Thomas McGovern Park, 36 Sycamore Road

July 12: LaLa Land, Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, 9 pm (cancelled due to rain)

July 12: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery St., 8:30 pm (due to rain postponed till July 19)

July 12: The Secret Life of Pets, Newport Green, 14th Street and River Drive South, 7 pm (due to rain postponed till August 16)

July 12: The Secret Life of Pets, Washington Park, Palisade Avenue and Paterson Plank Road, Jersey City/Union City

July 13: Wizard of Oz, Leonard Gordon Park, Palisades Avenue between Kennedy Boulevard and Liberty Avenue (cancelled due to rain)

July 14: The Wild Life,  Columbus Park, 145 Old Bergen Road, Hoboken

July 17: Pete’s Dragon, Canco Park, 50 Dey Street

July 19: The LEGO Batman Movie, Lincoln Park, Soccer Field near West Side Avenue entrance

July 19: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery St., 8:30 pm

July 19: Lion, Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, 9 pm

July 20: Monsters University, Columbia Park, 145 Old Bergen Road

July 21: Moana, JJ Braddock Park, Little League Field at 79th Street and Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen

July 24: Mutant Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Audubon Park, 12 Audubon Avenue

July 26: A Dog’s Purpose, Laurel Hill Park, New County Aveue, Secaucus

July 26: Audience Choice (Poll will be available on filmsinvanvorst.com), Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery Street, 8:30 pm

July 26: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, 9 pm

July 26: Passengers, Newport Green, 14th Street and River Drive South, 7 pm

July 27: Space Jam, Berry Lane Park, 1000 Garfield Avenue

July 28: The LEGO Batman Movie, Hamilton Park, 25 West Hamilton Place, 8:15 pm

July 31: 101 Dalmations, Ercel Webb Park, 264 Van Horne Street

August 2: Dory, Stephen R. Greg Park, Baseball Field at 43rd Street and Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne

August 2: Trolls (Pre-Movie Activity for children at 7 pm), Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, 8 pm

August 3: Cars, Pershing Field, 201 Central Avenue

August 4: Angry Birds, West Hudson Park, Soccer Field between Woodland Avenue and Davis Street, Kearny

August 7: Ghost Busters: Answers the Call, Arlington Park, at the triangle between Grand Street, Arlington Avenue and Bramhall Avenue

August 9: The Boss Baby (Pre-Movie Activity for children at 7 pm), Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, 8 pm

August 9: LaLa Land, Newport Green, 14th Street and River Drive South, 7 pm

August 9: Lion, Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery Street, 8 pm

August 9: Nine Lives, Washington Park, Palisade Avenue and Paterson Plank Road, Jersey City/Union City

August 10: Back to the Future, Riverview Park, Palisade Avenue between Griffith and Bowers Street

August 11: Storks: Find Your Flock, Columbia Park, 145 Old Bergen Road

August 14: E.T., Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Avenue

August 16: Sing, Lincoln Park, Soccer Field near West Side Avenue entrance

August 16: The Secret Life of Pets, Newport Green, 14th Street and River Drive South, 7 pm

August 16: Sing (Pre-Movie Musical performance Preschool of Rock at 7 pm), Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, 8 pm

August 17: The BFG, Village Park, 384 1st Street

August 18: Alice Through the Looking Glass, JJ Braddock Park, Little League Field at 79th Street and Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen

August 21: Ice Age: Collision Course, Mama Johnson Field, 4th Street beweteen Jackson & Harrison Street, Hoboken, 8 pm

August 23: Beauty and the Beast, Laurel Hill Park, New County Aveue, Secaucus

August 23: Sing Street, Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery Street, 8 pm

August 24: The Wild Life, Sgt Anthony Park, 90-100 Palisade Avenue

August 25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hamilton Park, 25 West Hamilton Place, 7:45 pm

August 30: Frozen, Maxwell Place Park, Frank Sinatra Drive North between 11th & 12th, Hoboken, 8 pm

August 31: Storks: Find Your Flock, J. Owen Grundy Pier, at the foot of Montgomery Street at Exchange Place

September 6: Hidden Figures, Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery Street, 8 pm

September 22: The Jungle Book, Hamilton Park, 25 West Hamilton Place, 7 pm

October 13: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hamilton Park, 25 West Hamilton Place, 6:30 pm

For updates, changes or cancellations due to inclement weather check the individual organizer’s websites or social media pages:

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association

Van Vorst Park Association 

Newport Green – Outdoor Movie Night

Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs – Movies in the Park

City of Hoboken – Movies Under the Stars

County of Hudson – Movies in the Parks

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Photo credit Marlene O’Haire Sandkamp courtesy Friends of Van Vorst Park

Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She's lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she's studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.

  • Marlene O’Haire

    Love my photo and happy that you are using it!!! Can you add my name to Photo Courtesy: Marlene O’Haire Sandkamp….Thanks so much!!!

    • VVPA supplied the photo to us a few years back. Photo credit with your name has been added. Thanks!