Mud Hen Brewing Co. in Wildwood

The MudHen Brewing Co. in Wildwood transformed a former motorcycle shop into a food and drink haven, featuring indoor and outdoor tables, and three bars in an upbeat atmosphere.

Nothing says summer like the fireworks and fun of Fourth of July. From picnics and cookouts to cocktails and bands — not to mention the celebration of our nation’s independence — it’s the best holiday of the summer. Though it’s not till next week, here are five spots to get a jump on your Fourth of July party planning.

1. MudHen

We’ll be honest, we love MudHen Brewing Co. every day of the year. But we love it even more this Fourth of July, when MudHen will release a new red, white and blue crowler design to help us all celebrate. Between that and music on the patio with Five Times Famous starting at 6 p.m., it’s no wonder MudHen is a favorite. Located at 127 W. Rio Grande Ave. in Wildwood. Go to MudHenBrew.com for more information.

2. Bobby Dee’s Rock n’ Chair

Avalon is heating up for summer, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Bobby Dee’s Rock n’ Chair, located right on Dune Drive. And Independence Day is no exception. Head there next Thursday for the Mark Fisher Trio and Que Farkas, both starting at 8 p.m. Located at 2409 Dune Drive in Avalon. Go to RockNChair.net for more.

3. Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grill

Some people hit the deck, well deck bars, on Fourth of July. We’re planning to hit the roof. With prime fireworks viewing in addition to a full concert by The E Street Shuffle, one of the best Bruce Springsteen tribute bands ever, celebrating Independence Day on the rooftop Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille is a complete win-win.The fun begins at 5 p.m. Located at 1025 Beach Ave. in Cape May. Go to HarrysCapeMay.com or TheEStreetShuffle.com for more information.

4. The OD

If you’re looking for some pre- and post-Sea Isle fireworks fun, head to The Ocean Drive, known far and wide as The OD. Get to The OD from 4 to 9 p.m. for a special Independence Day jam with Secret Service, or head back at 9 p.m. for a party with Steal the Sky. Located at 3915 Landis Ave. in Sea Isle. Go to TheOD.com for more.

5. Rusty Nail

While the big Cape Resorts Fourth of July family-friendly shindig is at Congress Hall, the nightlife is still happening at The Rusty Nail. Get there for cocktails by the fire pit, a view of the fireworks, and music from Gregg Carpenter. Located at 205 Beach Ave. in Cape May. Go to CapeResorts.com for more information.

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