Where to Celebrate July 4 at the Jersey Shore

An array of events taking place along the coast this holiday weekend.

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Although grand Independence Day events can’t take place this year due to pandemic restrictions, some Shore towns are holding safe patriotic celebrations.

The Wildwoods Celebrations

This year’s fireworks spectacular has been canceled, but there are other events to enjoy this weekend—including the Boardwalk Craft Show (July 3–5), the Independence Day Parade and Patriotic Pooch Parade in North Wildwood (July 4), and the Veteran Flag Service (July 5).

Cape May’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

The holiday weekend is packed with fun in Cape May. Activities include a house decorating contest, a citywide bell ringing (July 4, 7:30 pm), the Patriotic Flyover featuring WWII planes (July 4, 7:45 pm), the Star Spangled Sand Sculpture Contest (July 4, 10 am–2 pm), the Great Cape May Bake Off (July 5, 1 pm), and free live music in Rotary Park (July 4 & 5, 6:30–7:30 pm).

Lavallette Patriotic Bike Parade

Decorate your bicycle for this long-standing tradition, beginning at Philadelphia Avenue and the Oceanfront at 9 am.

Toms River Fireworks

Sipe Adjustment Group, a family-owned adjusting firm in Toms River, is sponsoring a fireworks show on July 4 at Shelter Cove Beach, beginning at 9 pm.

Ocean Gate Parade

This year’s parade route has been extended to allow for social distancing. Registration for the July 4 event begins at 8 am at Adrian Hall. A limited number of people will be allowed inside the building at a time. The parade steps off promptly at 10 am.

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