The Greater Atlantic City Chamber is seeking volunteers for the Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder over the Boardwalk" Friday, Aug. 17.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights are scheduled to perform during this year's show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. over the Atlantic City beach and Boardwalk for a crowd that reached about 80,000 spectators in 2011.
Although the Chamber has not yet released the full lineup, the event has featured in the past the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Marine Corps and Air National Guard, as well as civilian acts. Most performers take off and land via the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township.
This year is the first time in a decade the show won't be held mid-week. Organizers made the change to accommodate the Thunderbirds' schedule. They will appear in Atlantic City between the 50th annual Abbotsford International Airshow - Canada's largest airshow that draws about 125,000 people to Abbottsford, British Columbia - Aug. 10-12, and New York City's Air Force Week, Aug. 19-21. Marketing nonprofit the Atlantic City Alliance and others are working to fill the rest of the week with related events to maximize benefits to the resort and surrounding area.
Those events include the second annual Atlantic City Salutes America's Armed Forces Boardwalk Parade on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The parade kicks off at 6 :30 p.m. at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk. The 90-minute procession ends at Albany Avenue. Last year, 119 units consisting of 850 people marched, including 19 rolling chairs, 14 beauty queens and three trolleys.
Other organizers and sponsors include the 177th Fighter Wing of the N.J. Air National Guard; the South Jersey Transportation Authority; the FAA William J. Hughes Tech Center; Atlantic City International Airport; Caesars Entertainment, David Schultz Airshows; the city of Atlantic City; and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
For more info
Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder Over The Boardwalk: www.atlanticcityairshow.com