Here’s a brief overview of 4th of July festivities along the Jersey Shore in 2014:
Thursday, July 3:
- Manasquan: Festivities begin at 5:15pm with a patriotic bicycle decorating contest at the Little League Field. At 6:30pm there will be a parade at the Coast Guard Station. 7:30pm concert at the Main Beach. The day concludes with a fireworks display at dusk.
Friday, July 4:
- Atlantic Highlands: 9:45pm fireworks at the Municipal Harbor
- Long Branch: OceanFest, biggest Independence Day celebration anywhere in New Jersey, on the Long Branch Boardwalk. 10am-10pm with vendors, bands, exhibits, food, and fireworks
- Asbury Park: Beach front fireworks at dusk
- Ocean Grove: 4th of July parade from 10:30am on Main Ave
- Seaside Heights: Spectacular fireworks display on the beach at 9:30pm
- Beach Haven: The only fireworks display on LBI is held every year at Bay Village at dusk
- Tuckerton: Parade followed by children’s activities, baby parade, entertainment. Fireworks over the lake at dusk
- Atlantic City: One of the top 5 fireworks displays in the country. This show is so big that it takes two ocean barges and one marina platform to fill the island’s entire sky. More than 250,000 people take up their favorite viewing positions along the Boardwalk, at the beach bar parties, on the Steel Pier, or at the casino resorts.
- Margate: Fireworks display at Huntington Avenue Beach at 9pm
- Ocean City: Kite flying competition at 7pm followed by entertainment. A spectacular fireworks display off 9th Street beach
- Stone Harbor: Full day of old fashioned fun at the 81st Street Recreation Field and at the beach. Starting 9am with a sand sculpture contest. Other events include a hard candy scramble, foot races, a home run derby, slow bike races, bike decorating contests, and a decorated lifeguard stand contest. Concert at 7pm and fireworks at 9:30pm
- Sea Isle City: The “rocket’s red glare” will be launched from an ocean barge anchored near the 50th Street Beach, which will make Sea Isle’s Promenade and other beach-front areas ideal viewing locations. The day starts with the Junior Olympics at 9:30am at Dealy Field. During this free event, kids can compete in running, throwing and jumping contests.
- North Wildwood: Independence Day Parade begins 9am at 9th and Atlantic Ave, and proceeds north to 1st & Surf Ave
- Wildwood: 9am: 5K Fun Run will begin at the Wildwoods Sign. Fireworks Spectacular on the beach at Pine Avenue, visible from anywhere in Wildwood, at 10pm
- Wildwood Crest: Patriotic show at Fern Road and Ocean Ave, 7:30pm. Free live music for the entire family at the Centennial Park featuring a broadway patriotic show by the Manhattan Dolls
Saturday, July 5:
- Bradley Beach: Fireworks display on the beach at Brinley Ave at 9pm
- Barnegat Light: Fourth of July Parade at 7pm starting at West 11th St and winding through town until it reaches the Bay Front Gazebo at 7th and Bayview
Other events on Saturday:
- Jack Wright Ocean Mile Swim, 9:30am at Kent Ave Beach in Bradley Beach.
- The Voice 2014 Tour. See your favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic CIty, 7:30pm
- BeachGlow 2014 Music Festival. The BeachGlow EDM Music Festival comes to Wildwood on July 5. It’s headlined by Dvbbs and will benefit the American Red Cross. 3-11pm on the beach
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