Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/29/22

Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

Fireworks will cap off Ocean City’s Fourth of July festivities at 9 p.m. Monday, July 4. The display will cap off a holiday weekend filled with family fun.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the ocean near the Music Pier and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. A musical simulcast will be broadcast over the boardwalk PA system and available to stream online at www.ocnj.us.

The fun starts on Wednesday (June 29) with the opening of the weekly Wacky Wednesday contests and the Farmer’s Market and will continue with a full schedule of special events through the summer.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays starts at 10:30 a.m. June 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event invites families and individuals to participate in various activities and contests. The season opener will feature salt water taffy sculpting. No advance registration is required for this free family event.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 14. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company celebrates its 15th official season this year and will kick off the summer with a production featuring performers from throughout its history. “Broadway on the OC Boardwalk” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Renowned OCTC performers will return to the Music Pier stage for an evening of Broadway hits. The local theater company has been a launching pad for careers in regional theaters, touring productions, cruise lines and Broadway. The production will also feature the talents of the youth in OCTC educational programs. To reserve tickets ($18 to $20), visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

SUNDAY, JULY 3

The Ocean City Pops will perform a free outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. July 3 at Carey Stadium (behind Ocean City High School on the beach block of Fifth Street and Sixth Street). Our legendary local orchestra will perform patriotic classics and audience favorites in honor of our nation’s birthday. The Carey Stadium concert will give people of all ages a chance to hear what a true local resource we have here in town. Bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on the field, and there will be seating available in the bleachers.

MONDAY, JULY 4

The South Ocean City Bike Parade encourages riders to dress themselves and their bicycles in the spirit of the holiday. The event is free and no advance registration is required. It will start at 10 a.m. Monday with registration starting at 9 a.m. in the Our Lady of Good Counsel parking lot at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. This parade ends at the playground at 52nd Street and Haven Avenue.

Registration for the Gardens Civic Association Bike Parade starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4 in the parking lot at the foot of the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge. The route makes its way to East Atlantic Boulevard with a finish near Beach Road. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

The Ocean City Skate Park will host a free Fourth of July Skate Bash 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. The event will feature a DJ, snacks, giveaways and a patriotic costume contest. The skateboard park is located at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.

A kite-flying competition will take place at 7 p.m. on the beach near the Music Pier. Participation in the event is free with registration at the Music Pier. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

The Ocean City Pops will perform a second free outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at Carey Stadium. Our legendary local orchestra will perform patriotic classics and audience favorites in honor of our nation’s birthday. Bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on the field, and there will be seating available in the bleachers.

The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 5

Funtastic Tuesday entertainment and activities on downtown Asbury Avenue will open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 5 and continue on Tuesday mornings through the season.

The Ocean City Theatre Company will perform “Madagascar: The Musical” to open its children’s theater series for the summer. The show is based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture. Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. For tickets, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

Weekly Mummers Nights on the Ocean City Boardwalk will begin on July 12 and continue 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. July 6 at the Ocean City Music Pier with an old-fashioned pie-eating contest. No advance registration is required for this free family event.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 14. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.

Ocean City’s annual Freckle Contest returns to the Music Pier at 6 p.m. July 6. Registration is free and begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Ocean City Pops will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at 7:30 p.m. July 6 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Originally planned for Beethoven’s 250th birthday, this monumental concert brings one of history’s most beloved and famous works to the Music Pier. A symphonic choir, four soloists, and a full orchestra will team up in the first-ever, full performance of Beethoven’s 9th  in Ocean City history. For tickets, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

THURSDAY, JULY 7

A Sand Sculpting Contest will be open to kids, teens, adults and families. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach.

The weekly Family Nights will bring a variety of bands and entertainers to the Ocean City Boardwalk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through the season.

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