Independence Day is here again. And plenty of folks will head to the Jersey shore to mark that moment in history when our forebears decided it was time to declare our independence from Britain.
And as always, there are numerous celebrations filled with song, procession and fireworks.
Here is Newsworks’ guide to all the revelry:
Seaside Heights will host its Boardwalk Concert Series, featuring Joey Arminio and The Family’s USO Review on Sunday at 7 p.m. On Monday, feed your deepest ocean fears with a free film screening of “Jaws” on the Carteret Avenue Beach at 8 p.m. The town’s Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza will light the skies at 9:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Lavallette will put on a patriotic concert at the Gazebo at 8 p.m. with fireworks after the performance.
Atlantic City will put on two free fireworks shows on July 4. The first pyrotechnics display is at 9 p.m. at the Borgata in the Marina District. The second show will take place at 10 p.m. on the boardwalk at the Tropicana.
On Saturday, catch some night fever at the Golden Nugget with A Night At The Disco, featuring Village People, Rose Royce and Philly’s own The Trammps and Sister Sledge. Tickets cost $49.
Borgata’s Premier Nightclub will feature Dutch trance act Dash Berlin on Sunday night and Spanish electro house DJ Danny Avila on Monday. Tickets are $20.
The “Queen of Hip Hop Soul”, Mary J. Blige will performing at the Borgata on Monday night. Tickets range from $99 to $149.
Long Beach Island
If you’re celebrating the holiday on LBI, head to Beach Haven on Tuesday evening for fireworks. The display will begin at dusk over at Bay Village (9th and Bay Ave.).
On Saturday evening, 6:30 p.m., catch the Fourth of July Parade at Barnegat Light with decorated floats, followed by a patriotic concert at the gazebo. The parade sets off behind the Post Office (W. 11th St.) and proceeds down Central Ave. to Broadway and 6th St. and then to the 10th Street Ramp.
There will also be two free concerts to enjoy on the island. Long Beach Township will host the 68th Street on the Beach Concert Series, featuring Billy Walton and Facedown on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and the Bayview Park Monday Night Concert Series with Chris Fritz and the Impulsives at 7 p.m.
Margate sets off its beach fireworks display on Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the Huntingdon Avenue Beach.
Expect tons of color in the skies above Ocean City on Independence Day. The annual kite flying competition gets the party started Tuesday at 7 p.m., followed by live entertainment and a boardwalk fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Earlier in the day, two bike parades begin the day’s festivities. At 10 a.m., red, white and blue festooned bicycles, trikes and wagons will set off from 40th and Asbury Ave. and also from Wesley Ave. by the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.
Vocalist Justin Gonzales joins the Ocean City Pops “Celebrate America!” performance at the Music Pier on Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $20.
Sea Isle City
Sea Isle will launch fireworks on July 4 at 9 p.m. at its 50th Street Beach. An evening concert, featuring The Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band, will take place at Excursion Park (JFK Blvd. and Pleasure Ave.) at 7 p.m. and ends just prior to the fireworks.
Get in the patriotic spirit early by crooning along to Neil Diamond’s “America” with tribute band, Real Diamond in Excursion Park on Saturday evening, 7 p.m.
Avalon will host a full day of activities to celebrate the holiday. The town boasts the largest fireworks display in South Jersey and will light the skies over the 30th Street beach on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. Once again, the display will be set to patriotic music which will be simulcast on local radio station, WCZT (FM 98.7).
Festivities get started at 11 a.m. with the annual Avalon Boat Parade, where scores of boats all decked out in patriotic splendor will sail from the Avalon Point Marina.
Later, musician Andrew Jude will give an afternoon beach concert at the 30th Street beach at 1 p.m..Just prior to the fireworks, the Bay Atlantic Symphony will perform a free concert, “Celebration of American Independence” at 7 p.m. inside the Avalon Community Hall. Music selections include compositions from John Philip Sousa, Jean Sibelius, Giuseppe Verdi, Aaron Copland and Tchaikovsky. Seating is on a first come basis.
Stone Harbor celebrates America’s birthday on Sunday with an evening jazz and blues concert (7 p.m.) at the 95th Street Beach pavilion, followed by a grand finale fireworks display. Fireworks can be viewed from anywhere on the beach.
The party continues with a family-friendly Field Day starting Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. There will be plenty of fun with a sand sculpting contest, candy scramble, foot and bicycle races, plus a home run derby and decorated bike contest. Events are held at the 80th Street Recreation Field and 82nd Street Recreation Pavilion (full schedule here).
Wildwood will launch its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on the beach at Pine Ave. on Tuesday, 10 p.m. The display will be visible anywhere on the boardwalk.
Prior to that, families and dog lovers can join in on the annual Independence Day bike and patriotic pooch parade in North Wildwood (9th and Atlantic Aves.) on Monday morning (9 a.m.).
No beach concert this year, but there will still be plenty of music to be had over the entire weekend.
The EDM Foam ‘N Glow party returns to the the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday night with DJs like Corbin Kelly, Riggi and Piros, PNB Rock, Shaun Frank and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. and general admission tickets cost $33.
Also on Saturday evening (8 p.m.), Shirley Alston Reeves – of Shirelles fame – will perform for free at North WIldwood’s Lou Booth Amphitheater. Cover artists, the Legacy Band will put on a free show at Wildwood Crest’s Centennial Park Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday evening, 7:30 p.m., get in the holiday mood at Fox Park’s amphitheater with free concert “A Salute to Stars and Stripes”, featuring Linda Gentile.
Cape May will illuminate the skies above Congress Beach on July 4, at 9 p.m., with fireworks launched from an off-shore barge.