August 10th: New Jersey Forest Fire Service to Celebrate 75th Birthday of Smokey Bear with big bash at Liberty State Park in Jersey City

This year marks the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, whose motto “Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires,” resonates strongly in New Jersey. The Forest Fire Service has a day of family oriented celebratory activities planned, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Hudson County. A parking fee of $7 per carload will be charged. Children’s activities are free.

“New Jersey is recognized as a global leader on many fronts, including wildfire prevention,” Commissioner McCabe said. “As our Forest Fire Service works year round to keep our communities safe, it also is important for the public to recognize their role in helping to prevent wildfires. Celebrating Smokey Bear and his message is a great way for the public to work with us and be good stewards in protecting our environment.”

Smokey Bear will arrive by helicopter to join his celebration, which will feature marching bands, a disc jockey, petting zoo and multiple bounce houses for children, and various fire apparatus such as fire trucks, plows and more. His official birthday is Friday, Aug. 9.