Avalon to Celebrate Nation’s Birthday with Concerts, Fireworks & More

AVALON—The Borough of Avalon will celebrate the nation’s birthday with four big concerts, a Big Beach Movie and the largest fireworks display in southern New Jersey on July 4. Avalon’s special events begin Thursday, June 29 and conclude on the holiday.

The culmination of the biggest special events week in Avalon occurs on Tuesday, July 4 with a free concert featuring the world-renowned Bay Atlantic Symphony inside Avalon Community Hall, starting at 7 p.m. The Symphony will present a “Let Freedom Ring” concert featuring selections from Copland, Sousa and Tchaikovsky, along with traditional Americana favorites including an Armed Forces Salute. The guest conductor is Jim Eberwine, retired meteorologist from the National Weather Service who has provided forecasting and emergency management services to the New Jersey coastal region for decades.

Following the Bay Atlantic Symphony concert, Avalon will present a huge fireworks display that will begin at dusk at the 30th Street beach. The fireworks display originates from a barge in the Atlantic Ocean and will be accompanied by a selection of Americana music that will be broadcast live on radio station WCZT 98.7 The Coast.

Avalon’s celebration of our nation’s birthday begins on Thursday, June 29 with a performance of the 63rd Army Band in our “Thursdays on Dune” concert series at Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 1, the Avalon Department of Recreation will host Field Races and Family Fun at the 10th Street recreation field starting at 10 a.m.

On Monday, July 3 the Borough will host a special Mummers Band parade, with a concert to follow at Veterans Plaza. The parade originates at Avalon Community Hall at 6 p.m. and will proceed along Dune Drive to the Plaza. At dusk, the Borough presents our weekly Big Beach Movie with a free showing of “Star Wars Rogue One” on a large beach screen; in the event of inclement weather, the movie will move inside to Avalon Community Hall.

Before the Symphony concert and fireworks on July 4, Avalon continues its special events with a beach concert featuring local performer Andrew Jude at the 30th Street beach pavilion. The Borough will also hold a back bay boat parade featuring decorated boats starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Avalon Yacht Club; boaters interested in being part of this parade can visit Avalon Community Hall or call (609) 967-3066. The Avalon Department of Recreation will present a special Independence Day Celebration in the 30th Street parking lot on July 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. with inflatable rides and other attractions for young children.

For more information, visit www.avalonboro.net.