From decked-out bikes, to dressed-up dogs, to people wearing their Independence Day finest, there will certainly be no shortage of red, white and blue in the Wildwoods this Fourth of July holiday.
Wildwoods celebrates 4th
Long before the fireworks light up the night sky, patriotic pooches, red, white and blue bikes and families sporting their flag-related finest will be marching in North Wildwood's annual Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Ninth and Atlantic avenues in North Wildwood, proceeding north to First and Surf avenues. There, prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes in a red, white and blue theme.
The Patriotic Pooch Parade will join in the march through the island at Eighth and Atlantic avenues in North Wildwood. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed dogs.
Check-in for parade participants will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at 15th and Atlantic avenues. To register, call 609-522-2955.
The Fourth of July Beach 'n Boardwalk Patriotic Run/Walk takes place 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. The 5K Fun Run will begin at the Wildwoods Sign and travel north to the Wildwoods Convention Center, down the boardwalk extension and to the beach. The 1-mile walk will go down the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue and back to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be presented for top finishers and to the most patriotic family, adult, child and baby. All proceeds from the run and walk help maintain the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
Changes in Latitudes, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will perform a free concert at Fox Park in Wildwood at 6 p.m. A free Fourth of July patriotic show will also be taking place at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Park Entertainment Pavilion, featuring the Manhattan Dolls. Bring a blanket or beach chair.
The Mummers will also be performing on the boardwalk from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by a free Fourth of July fireworks display on the beach at Pine Avenue, Wildwood, at 10 p.m. The show will be visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods.
'DO AC' Fireworks Mega-show in A.C.
About 10,000 multicolored fireworks will illuminate the night when the DO AC Fireworks Spectacular - four separate, choreographed fireworks shows along the Atlantic City Boardwalk and marina - fill the sky on Thursday, July 4, starting at 9:30 p.m.
The free show is 20 minutes long and will be visible throughout Absecon Island. The pyrotechnics will originate from four separate locations: the beach near New Hampshire Avenue, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Hartford Avenue and MGM Resorts Boulevard in the Marina District.
Nationally-acclaimed fireworks entertainment company Fireworks by Grucci designed the show, which will be choreographed to music broadcast by 95.1-FM WAYV radio. For more information, go to DoAtlanticCity.com.
Jersey Shore Pops presents 'Stars and Stripes Forever'
Linda Gentille and the Jersey Shore Pops will continue their eight-concert summer series Saturday, July 6, with "Stars & Stripes Forever," a patriotic piano tribute to American composers.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center at Middle Township High School, 212 Bayberry Drive in Cape May Court House. Tickets range from $25 for balcony seating to $40 for VIP orchestra center seating.
The Middle Township PAC box office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for walk-in ticket purchases. Call 800-838-3006 or go to JerseyShorePops.org.
'Rockin' the Thunder' returns to Ventnor Pier
Great local bands, contests, games, food and a bonfire - all capped off with "thunderous" fireworks happening across the island - will make up the second annual Rockin' the Thunder, a daylong event at the Ventnor Pier on Thursday, July 4.
Mia Bergmann, the Kenny Young Band, the Bob Sterling Band, Nikki Davis, The Goons, Lowdown and Williamsboy & Co. are scheduled to rock the pier all Independence Day.
The day also includes activities for all ages, including beach scramble races, tug of war competitions, an around-the-pier swim challenge, American pie eating contest, and more.
Festivalgoers should plan to arrive early for the around-the-pier swim challenge starting at 9 a.m., located directly next to the Ventnor Pier on Cambridge Avenue. The music festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the national anthem. For information on the festival, go to VentnorTourism.org.
EHC Hometown Celebration
The Greater Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual Hometown Celebration with a first-ever Hometown 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk 8 a.m. Saturday, July 6. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the 500 block of Philadelphia Avenue.
The event kicks off the city's annual Hometown Celebration, a street fair that will be held on the 100 and 200 blocks of Philadelphia Avenue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It includes a bicycle parade, bouncy rides, and more than 50 food and crafts vendors.
A pancake breakfast will be held immediately following the race at Mario's Uptown Grill, 126 Philadelphia Ave. Cost is $8 per person. Registration for the run and walk is $20 in advance, $25 on race day, and includes a T-shirt. Medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and first-place finishers in nine age groups. All children under 12 receive a participation medal. Register online at LMSports.com or call 609-593-6193.
Bay-Atlantic Symphony in Avalon
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will begin its seventh summer of Avalon performances on Thursday, July 4, with "Lincoln and Liberty," a patriotic tribute to American classical music.
The show begins at 7 p.m. inside Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach. A fireworks display will follow the concert at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the 30th Street beach.
The concert and fireworks are free and open to the public. No tickets are needed for the concert and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Music Director Jed Gaylin conducts the show, an all-American patriotic celebration including "The Star Spangled Banner," Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and John Henry, John Philip Sousa's "Washington Post March" and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Ret. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Pierson, Sr., will serve as the guest conductor for a rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever."
The Avalon Department of Recreation will have children's activities on the Avalon beach and next to Avalon Community Hall before the fireworks show. For more information, go to AvalonBoro.org or BayAtlanticSymphony.org.
Strathmere Fourth of July Parade
The annual Strathmere Fourth of July Parade will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4. The parade will proceed down Commonwealth Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m.to Prescott Road, west to Bayview Drive and up to the Deauville Inn, where refreshments will be provided and prizes will be awarded.
Registration will be held at the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company, located at 5 S. Commonwealth Ave., at 9:30 am. Judging takes place at 10 a.m. The Strathmere Improvement Association and the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company sponsor the parade. For information, call 609-263-6846.
Patriotic concert, Olympic competitions and fireworks in Sea Isle City
A free Independence Day concert will join the annual schedule of Fourth of July fun this year in Sea Isle City, a day packed with children's events, competitions and an evening fireworks display over the ocean.
Independence Day will begin with the free Junior Olympics competition at Sea Isle's Dealy Field Recreation Complex, located on Central Avenue between 59th and 63rd Street. Boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13 will compete by age and gender in running, jumping and throwing contests. Children will be escorted between each event by volunteers from the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City, who will also judge the competitions. The top winners in each contest will receive Olympic medals while standing on a three-tiered victory platform.
Parents can register their children at Dealy Field beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the Junior Olympics. The competitions and awards ceremonies last for approximately two hours. Families are reminded to bring hats, sunscreen, bottled water and their cameras. For more information about Sea Isle City's Junior Olympics, call 609-263-0050.
A free patriotic concert at the Excursion Park Band Shell, located at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Alex Glover & Company performing a tribute to America.
Sea Isle City's annual Independence Day fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m., launched from an ocean barge anchored near the 50th Street Beach. Sea Isle's Promenade and other beach-front areas will be ideal viewing locations. The rain date will be July 5. For more information about the fireworks display, call 609-263-0500 or go to SeaIsleCityNJ.us.