Watching fireworks by the beach is a favorite 4th of July activity around the Jersey Shore. Most towns are holding Independence Day celebrations, either on July 4th or the day before, so here’s a brief overview of when to see them and what are the best locations. We’ll also mention other cool events related to the holiday that will take place those days:
- Bradley Beach: Beach Beachfront, 9pm.
- Do AC Fireworks Spectacular: The show will be on 2 ocean barges and viewable along the beach and boardwalk. This year’s fireworks will begin with a celebrity reading of the Declaration of Independence and will include other famous quotes from notable Americans, followed by popular celebratory music by artists performing in Atlantic City this year.
- Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair Fireworks Display: Fair in the Municipal Harbor with games, rides, food, & good ol’ fashion fun! Fireworks at dusk on Friday.
- Long Branch Oceanfest: Biggest Independence Day celebration in New Jersey, on the Long Branch Boardwalk. 10am-10pm with vendors, bands, exhibits, food, and fireworks at dusk.
- Seaside Heights: On the beach at 9:30pm
- Ocean City: Kite flying competition at 7pm followed by entertainment. A spectacular fireworks display off 9th Street beach
- Tuckerton Seaport 4th of July Celebration: Parade followed by children’s activities, baby parade, entertainment. Fireworks over the lake at dusk.
- Sea Isle City Fireworks & Kids Olympics: 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.
- Asbury Park: Beach front at dusk.
- Margate: Between Granville & Huntington Avenues at 9pm. BBQs permitted on all Margate beaches.
- Point Pleasant Beach: On the Boardwalk at dusk.
- North Wildwood Independence Day Parade. Begins 9am at 9th and Atlantic Ave, and proceeds north to 1st & Surf Ave.
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