In case you missed the announcement, it’s officially summer. And it’s time to celebrate not just America’s Independence, but your own, from the winter doldrums, your all-weather parkas, and early sunsets. Take the time this weekend to cash in on all things warm weather related, especially our area’s Fourth of July celebrations.
1 Get in on a Battle. Get to The Deck at Golden Nugget for an epic Battle of the Bands! The contest takes place on July 4th, with six bands vying for the top prize: a $2500 cash prize courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. From noon until 5 p.m., Scotty Reilly and Steve Raymond of 100.7 WZXL will host the event, guiding audiences through all six bands: Mathias Noise, Rat Rod, The Only Way, Voltage, Forest View Movement, and Platform 55. Who needs fireworks when you’ve got a battle? Inside, check out the party at Haven Nightclub, which starts with Chris Devine on Thursday; DJ Nicky Rizz on Friday; and 4B on Saturday. Or head to Rush Lounge on Thursday for Dane Anthony followed by The FM Band; Friday for Ken Shiles & CiBon followed by Red Hotts; and Saturday for Matt Adams followed by Spoiled Rotten.
2 Head for the headliners. Kick off July 4th weekend with comedians Jim Norton on Friday and Russell Peters on Saturday, and New Kids on the Block on Friday, all at Borgata. Hard Rock isn’t slowing down either, especially not this weekend. In addition to headliners like Toby Keith on Friday and Earth, Wind & Fire on Saturday, head there for music the whole weekend long. At Lobby Bar, tune into John Eddie and M-80 on Thursday; Eleven Eleven, Joe Bachman & The Party, and Split Decision on Friday; The Dane Anthony Band, John Eddie, DJ Ferrari and Split Decision on Saturday; and High Five Swan Dive, Gypsy Wisdom and Goodman Fiske on Sunday. At Council Oak Lounge, check out the Nancy Malcun Trio on Thursday; Guitaro 5000 and Joe Cumia Solo on Friday; Bobby & Kit and Five Times Famous on Saturday; and the Ken Shiles & CiBon Trio and Matt Adams Duo on Sunday. At Hard Rock Café, there’s Jeremiah Hunter and the Soul Survivors on Friday and The B Street Band on Saturday. Outside at The Beach Bar, there’s plenty more music including Changing Lanes and DJ Jason Weiss on Thursday; Dr. Cheeko, JJ Rupp, and DJ Drift on Friday; Steel Source, Hunkajunk, and DJ Reed Streets on Saturday; and Sensamotion, John Eddie and DJ Ferrari on Sunday. And if it’s a party you’re looking for, head to Daer Nightclub for Two Friends on Friday; Rev Run & Ruckus on Saturday; and Montone on Sunday. Finally, at just a year old, Ocean Casino Resort has one of the best entertainment venues around. Head to Ovation Hall this weekend to catch headliner George Lopez on Saturday. Or head to any of nightclub venues on the property for 4th of July fun. Head to Villain & Saint for Jay LaBoy Duo and Victoria Watts Band on Thursday; Five Times Famous and Laura Lee & Tripp Fabulous on Friday; and Amy Faden Duo and Stealing Savanah on Saturday. Or check out HQ2: it’s a nightclub all year long, but come summer, the Beachclub is where it’s at. Get there Fourth of July to catch Australian music producer, FISHER, who will be making his Atlantic City debut at HQ2 Beachclub for a July 4th banger. On Saturday, get there in the morning for Made in Miami with Oscar G, Ralph Falcon and Larazo Casanova, followed by Kryder that night. Finish off your weekend at HQ2 with a Jersey Shore Beachclub Party complete with Vinny, Ronnie, JWoww and Angelina from The Jersey Shore. If a prohibition era bar is more your style, head to the brand new 1927 Lounge & Speakeasy for a Prohibition Variety on Friday and Saturday nights.
3 Focus on the fireworks. On Thursday, head to the Beer Garden at Borgata for prime viewing of the Borgata Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, as well as tunes from DJ Ernesto starting at 2 p.m., followed by Stellar Mojo onstage at 7 p.m, or stay all weekend and tune into DJ Ernesto and M-80 on Friday; DJ Ernesto and Seven Band on Saturday; and The Coconutz and DJ Ernesto on Sunday. While at Borgata, head to Gypsy Bar for The Rockets on Thursday; Men of Horses and Lost in Paris on Friday; and SideArm and Flip Like Wilson on Saturday. Continue the 4th of July festivities at Premier Nightclub, with Brandi Cyrus on Friday and 2 Chainz on Saturday, or at Gypsy Bar for Men of Horses and Lost in Paris on Friday, or Sidearm and Flip Like Wilson on Saturday. Get to the Waterfront Conference Center Parking lot behind Harrah’s for a free fireworks viewing shindig, complete with DJ entertainment, lawn games, giveaways, and food and beverages available for purchase at 8 p.m. on 4th of July. Then head inside Harrah’s for a weekend long 4th of July Celebration at The Pool After Dark featuring Pete Wentz’s Official Birthday Bash on Friday; DJ Dnial on Saturday afternoon from noon to 7 p.m. followed by DJ Pauly D’s Official Birthday Bash on Saturday Night; and acoustic tunes with Little Nicky’s Radio on Sunday night. Poolside not your thing? Head to Eden Lounge for The Legacy Trio on Thursday; The Exceptions followed by DJ Jay L on Friday; Modern Luxe and DJ Transit on Saturday; and the Jeremiah Hunter Band on Sunday.
4Get celebrating. Head over to Margaritaville and LandShark at Resorts for a weekend of fun and festivities. At Margaritaville, tune in to Dynasty Marie on Thursday, Devin Lynn & Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Duo on Friday, Prep School on Saturday, and Patty Blee on Sunday. And get to LandShark for Smokey Starr on Thursday, DJ SL on Friday, Jason E and DJ Sojo on Saturday, and DJ Centuri on Sunday. There’s a lot to do at Tropicana every day of the year, and 4th of July weekend is no exception. In addition to headliner Colbie Caillat on Saturday, head to Kiss Kiss Nightclub on Saturday for a live performance from Brandon Gomes; to Boogie Nights for Stars, Stripes and Boogie Nights on Thursday, Cougars and Cubs Ball on Friday, and the Primal Men Male Revue on Saturday; to Cuba Libre for Latin Friday on Friday and Bailamos Sabados on Saturday; to Anthem Lounge for comedy on Friday and Diva Royale on Saturday; to RiRa Irish Pub for Shaun Durnin on Friday and The Diddley Idols followed by a late night DJ on Saturday; to Tango’s for DJ Perry Angelozzi on Thursday, Marquee and DJ Brandon Bobal on Friday, Evolution X and DJ Ahmed Khan on Saturday, and All Souled Out on Sunday; and to Firewaters Saloon for Derek Crider on Friday and Saturday.
5 Dig your toes in the sand. If a beachside bar is your thing, head to Laguna Grill & Rum Bar for music from the Whiskeyhicon Boys and Cheezy and the Crackers on Thursday; Grooveheart on Friday; The Whitewalls and Smashed with Kevin Miller on Saturday; and Incognito and The Dan Burke Band on Sunday. Or head to the Beachside Bar at Caesars for Matt Adams Duo on Saturday and Christian Glomb Duo on Sunday. Hit Bally’s Beach Bar for days worth of music for 4th of July weekend, including DJ Vito G, Nine Deez Nite, Stealing Savanah, and DJ Rashaun on Friday; DJ Tonka, Modern Luxe, High Five Swan Dive and DJ Redline on Friday; DJ N9ne, Go Go Gadjet, DJ Transit and DJ Patrice McBride on Saturday; and DJ Aiden Scott, Steal the Sky and DJ Chelsea Lee & Guests on Sunday. While you’re at Bally’s, get to Mountain Bar for Evolution X and DJ Tonka on Friday; Steal the Sky and DJ Patrice McBride on Friday; and Go Go Gadjet and DJ Aiden Scott on Saturday; to The Deck at Wild Wild West for Josh Liberio on Thursday, Derek Crider Duo on Friday, Modern Luxe Duo on Saturday and No Standards Duo on Sunday; and to Harry’s Oyster Bar for a 4th of July complete with Cheezy and the Crackers at 1 p.m., followed by The Se7en Band at 6 p.m. on Thursday; for Billy Walton followed by The Loop Band on Friday; for The Burnsiders followed by Indelible Groove on Saturday; and Robin Gazzara followed by Tidal Wave on Sunday. For a beach with no bar, head to William Morrow Beach for a Somers Point Fourth of July Spectacular featuring Billy Walton’s Shore Rock and Soul Revue, Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez and The Billy Walton Band on Thursday; and head back on Friday for music from Hawkins Road.
6 Do something different. Sure, you could spend your Fourth of July focused on parades and fireworks. Or you can do something outside the ordinary. At The Vue at The Claridge, take part in a Fourth of July Beer Olympics and Hot Dog Eating Competition. The Beer Olympics features such games as Cornhole, Drinking Jenga, Quarters and more, and the competition starts at 1 p.m. If food is your thing, consider White Horse Winery on Thursday for an Independence Day Backyard BBQ complete with lawn games, Visconti’s Cruisin’ Cuisine, music from Mariano DiGabrielle, and of course, wine; on Friday for Food Truck Friday with music from 4:44; on Saturday for music from Brian Bachorz or Sunday for Anj Granieri. For another Fourth of July BBQ, head to Linwood Country Club for old-fashioned barbecue and music from Steve Moore and MIA Band. For more in unusual fun, head to Showboat and take part in the AC Hustle Dance Jam, a weekend full of Hustle dance lessons and demonstrations, music and fun, or the Zouk n Play Festival, which focuses on Brazilian Zouk and Lambada Scene.
7 Pick a local pub. If celebrating your independence means independence from a huge crowd and fireworks, consider heading to your favorite local watering hole, like Fred & Ethel’s for Joe & Steve on Friday and Smokey on Saturday; to Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall for Walt Sapsai on Friday, Locksmith followed by Mike and Stephanie on Saturday, and reggae on Sunday; to Wonder Bar for the Usual Suspects on Saturday; to Bourre for a Big Easy Acoustic Series on Thursday and Saturday to McCullough’s Pub for Cosmic Charlie on Saturday; to Brick House Pub for 8 Track Attack on Saturday; or to Josie Kelly’s Public House for a Friday with Tom and Bill.