July 4th weekend blasts off at the southern New Jersey shore.
Memorial Day weekend may have the claim to being the start of the summer season in our region, but when it comes to full-scale partying, beach blasts and fun in the sun, nothing beats the July 4 holiday weekend.
And with this year’s holiday creating a ready-made three-day weekend (though we suspect many will stretch it to four days), the southern New Jersey area is ready to rock.
Fireworks will light up the shore from Atlantic City (which has scheduled not one, but two displays) to Cape May. Barbecues will crackle, sunbathers will bake and free music will ring out from the boards all weekend long. (For more weekend concerts, click here.)
Sit back, have a hot dog and celebrate America’s 235th South Jersey shore style.
Here’s a list of events for the weekend:
Sunday, July 3
30th St. and beach. 9:15pm. The Bay-Atlantic Symphony plays a concert, “The New Birth of Freedom,” at the Avalon Community Hall at 7pm, preceding the display. Visit avalonboro.org.
Monday, July 4
Atlantic City Fireworks Spectacular
Marina/Boardwalk, Atlantic City. For the first time, Atlantic City will host two fireworks events within minutes of each other. At 9:20pm, a fireworks demonstration produced by Fireworks by Grucci will illuminate the skies above Atlantic City’s Marina District, kicking off the nearly hour-long production.
At approximately 9:45pm, another display will illuminate the sky along the coastline of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Viewing areas will be open to the public. The shows are open to the public with viewing areas in both properties. Visit atlanticcitynj.com/fireworks.aspx
Beach at Huntington Ave., Margate. Presented by the Margate Mother’s Association. Beach closed between Franklin and Iroquois aves. for staging area. Proceeds benefit Friends of Jean Webster. Dusk.
Cape May Fireworks
Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May. Dusk
On the Beach at Pine Avenue, Wildwood. Free fireworks and laser light show extravaganza sponsored by the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. 10pm.
Sea Isle City Fireworks
JFK Boulevard and the beach, Sea Isle City. 9pm.
Ocean City Fireworks
9th Street beach, Ocean City. Dusk. See more at OC Weekly.
Thursday, June 30 to July 4
Avalon Family Fun Festival
The festival will be filled with four consecutive days of free concerts, one of the largest fireworks displays in New Jersey, and numerous family activities. Visit avalonboro.org for full schedule.
Friday, July 1 to July 4
Sports Card, Toys, Comics and Collectibles Show
Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. Collectibles, memorabilia and guest star appearances. Sports cards, toys, comic books, Yu-Gi-Oh, magic, Beanie Babies, wax boxes, supplies, autographed memorabilia, sets, posters, coins, T-shirts, trains, dolls and much more. Free. Fri.: 3pm-9pm, Sat.: 10am-9pm, Sun.: 10am-7pm, Mon.: 10am-7pm. Call 732-422-9365 or visit RKSportsPromotions.com
Friday, July 1 and July 3
Sea Isle City Fourth of July Weekend
Friday and Sunday families can enjoy free strolling entertainment during Family Fun Nights at Gillian’s Funland Amusement Park, 42nd Place and the Bay, 7-9pm. On Saturday,Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963 will host a flea market from 8-4pm at 301 JFK Boulevard (AKA Veterans Boulevard). Also, Hollywood Nights (a Bob Seger tribute band) will perform a free concert at Sea Isle’s Band Shell at 8pm.
Saturday, July 2
Brigantine Family Fun Day
15th Street complex, Brigantine. Enjoy amusement rides, games, vendors, magicians, pony rides, great food and much more. Free. 4pm.
Saturday, July 2 to July 4
Wildwoods Fourth of July Weekend
The holiday begins with the Fourth of July Weekend Freedom Festival Saturday through Monday from 9am-5pm. The event takes place at Rambler Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest, featuring quality crafters of all kinds, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. July 4, Wildwoods Independence Day Parade and the 7th Annual Patriotic Pooch Parade. The Independence Day Parade begins at 9am at 15th and Atlantic Avenues and proceeds north to 2nd Avenue.
Saturday, July 2 to July 3
HCSV - Independence Day Celebration
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt. 9, Cape May. A variety of patriotic family activities and programs, including a vintage baseball game on Saturday, will be taking place and the Village’s restored historic buildings will be open, featuring demonstrations of Early American trades and crafts. At noon on Saturday, a vintage baseball game will be played, featuring the Flemington Neshanock vs. the Elkton Eclipse with authentic replica equipment and uniforms - no gloves - to 1873 rules. $10 adults, $8 children ages 3 to 12. Visit hcsv.org.
Monday, July 4
Strathmere Fourth of July Parade
The parade will begin at 10:30am. Registration will be at the Firehouse at 9:30 am and judging will take place in the various north end streets at 10am.
Awards and refreshments following the parade will be at the Deauville Inn. Free. Visit strathmere.blogspot.com.
Saturday, July 2
Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd and Ocean Avenue, North Wildwood. North Wildwood Concerts Under the Stars Series. Free. 8pm.
B Street Band
Centennial Park Amphitheater, 6700 Ocean Avenue at Fern Road, Wildwood Crest. Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band. Free. 7:30pm.
Sunday July 3
Battle of the Guitar Heroes
Kennedy Plaza, Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Part of the Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk free concert series. Featuring Jersey shore champ Billy Walton from Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes versus The Challenger from Mississippi: Vasti Jackson. Free. 6:30pm.
Monday July 4
Changes in Latitudes
Fox Park Amphitheater, Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues, Wildwood. Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band. Free. 6pm.
The Bob Campanell Band with Danny Eyer
William Morrow Beach, Bay Avenue, Somers Point. Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Roll pop icon with his favorite lead guitarist. Free. 7pm.
Straight ahead, looming across the island, the spectacular lights of Harrah’s Resort, the Borgata/Water Club and Golden Nugget all sparkle in the still distance. There is literally no place quite like it in Atlantic City.
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