In an event that could bring as many as 200,000 people to the Exchange Place area of Jersey City’s waterfront, Snoop Dogg will headline Jersey City Fourth of July celebration this year.“I am confident that the Jersey City side of the Hudson River is going to be the place that people want to be for the 4th of July this year,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “Between Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Grucci Fireworks, and Snoop, this event will serve as proof of our ability to come together and show off our city.” The events run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., including beer gardens, food trucks, kids’ entertainment, carnival rides, and the headlining stage at Exchange Place Plaza. Click here for more.____________________Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla signed a surprise executive order on Monday, June 25 at the city’s inaugural Waterfront Arts Gala, held to raise funds for cultural and art events in the city. The executive order will mandate that 1 percent of all city bond ordinance funds go toward art installations in the city.The Gala, held under tents on the upper waterfront, drew 150 participants paying $100 each. Its intent was to raise money for programming done by the city’s Cultural Affairs Division. Cultural Affairs is funded both by taxpayers and by fees and sponsorships from art events it organizes, such as the Arts and Music Festival, annual Harvest Festival, and Movies Under the Stars.Monday’s two-hour event included exhibits from local artists, food from area restaurants, and a silent auction. It raised $15,000 in total. Click here for more.____________________For those who couldn’t afford the comic conventions in New York or San Diego, the North Bergen Library held its second annual “Comic Con” on June 23. The event featured local graphic novel artists, video games, “nerd trivia,” drawing classes, a cosplayer fashion show, raffle, and even the Caped Crusader himself—Batman. DC comics’ SuperGirl flew into town for the con, in the form of 10-year-old North Bergen resident Sophie Gunn. She preferred the library’s convention to the big-time atmosphere that older, more established cons have.“Instead of going to a comic con that’s bigger, and a lot of people, you can just come here,” she said. Gunn was a fan of the art creations in the event’s Artists’ Alley and the DragonBall Z video game “Fighter Z,” which attendees were playing in the video games zone. Click here for more.